Nature Spots in Tottori Area

  • Tottori Sand Dunes
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Fukubechouyuyama
    Tottori Sand Dunes run along the Sea of Japan coast in Tottori City. They are the largest dunes in Japan and extend 16 kilometers from east to west and 2.4 kilometers from north to south. The landscape formed by the granite sand which is carried from the Chugoku Mountains due to the swift current of the Sendai River and the sea breeze from the Sea of Japan is beautiful. From the viewpoint of these dunes having characteristic topography, there are places with large depressions which are called “suri-bachi” because their shapes resemble that of an earthenware mortar, and it is said that large ones can be as much as 40 meters deep. It is also fun to ride a sightseeing camel through the sand dunes or glide over the sand on a sand board. The sand dunes were designated as a Natural Monument of Japan in 1955, and were selected as one of Japan’s top 100 geological features in 2007.
  • Mt. Daisen
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugundaisenchou Daisen
    This volcano in Tottori Prefecture is the highest peak in the Chugoku area. Part of the Daisen Oki National Park the mountain has an altitude of 1,729 meters and was selected as one of Japan’s top 100 mountains and 100 landscapes. The west side is a beautiful cone shape also called “Mt. Fuji of the east, Daisen of the west”. The main “summer mountain climbing course” aims for the summit while allowing climbers to look out over one of Japan’s greatest beech forests and natural monuments, Daisen Kyaraboku, a kind of Dwarf Japanese yew, growing en masse. This is popular with beginners and children too.
  • Uradome Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Iwami cho Iwami-gun Tottori ken
    This resplendent beach located in Iwami Town, Iwami County, Tottori Prefecture extends for 15 kilometers and has been designated both a National Scenic Beauty and a Natural Monument. Its rich natural features include the crystal-clear water, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach dotted with pine trees, cliffs and caves carved by rough waves and snowstorms, mysterious rock formations, and more. There’s a walkway along the beach, and visitors can also enjoy going on a cruise, snorkeling, and other activities. The shallow waters attract several swimmers in the summer.
  • Hakuto Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Hakuto
    "The Hakuto Beach is an area of coastline located at the western end of the Tottori Sand Dunes. It is famous as the setting for the legend of the White Hare of Inaba, which is recorded in the Kojiki (""Record of Ancient Matters""). Special features include the view of the Oki Islands, from which the White Hare crossed over to the mainland by getting Wanizame (sea-monsters or sharks) to line up in a row so that he could jump from one to another, and the beautiful scenery created by the eroded rocks that resemble stepping-stones. Visitors can enjoy strolling along the coast and soaking up the unique atmosphere that its mythological connections have imbued it with, and in the summer they can enjoy sea-bathing and surfing. Near the beach is an area which is the southernmost point in Japan where Rosa rugose (Sweetbriar), a National Treasure Protected Species, grows in the wild; in early summer, visitors can see the Sweetbriar in bloom. Due to its associations with the legend of the White Hare of Inaba, Japan's earliest love story, the Hakuto Beach has been designated a Lover's Sanctuary Project site."
  • Daisen Masumizu Highlands
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Saihakugunhoukichou Ouchi Masumi Kogen
    Daisen Masumizu Highlands is an upland area located in the western foothills of Mt. Daisen. During the summer and autumn months, the views from the “Expanse Lift” chairlift which ascends gently up the slope of the Masumizu Highlands are spectacular, and from the Observation Deck at the top visitors can view the Shimane Peninsula, the Yumigahama Peninsula, and the Sea of Japan. The Daisen Masumizu Highlands have been selected for inclusion in the Lovers’ Sanctuary Project list of romantic places to propose marriage.
  • Amedaki Waterfalls
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Tottorishi Kokufuchouamedaki
    This is the most famous waterfall in Tottori Prefecture, having a height of 40 meters, and has been selected as one of the One hundred Japanese falls. The scale of the water fall is magnificent and the scene of the water gushing down is spectacular. It has been a location for religious training since ancient times and on the first of August, according to the old lunar calendar, “Otakimairi (Worshipping of the waterfall)” was held. On the first Saturday of June, the “Takibiraki Matsuri” festival is held and local traditional entertainment such as the umbrella dance is showcased.
  • Mt. Mitoku
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tohaku-gun Misasacho Mitoku
  • Sanin Coast Geopark
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Iwamiguniwamichou Uradome
    In 2010 this park was recognized as the fourth World Geopark in Japan. Particularly recommended is the Uradome coastal area, where the cliffs have been weathered continually by the continuous pounding of rough waves throughout the severe winter conditions. The impact of the ria coastline is a highlight. Visitors can experience a variety of activities at “Nagisa Exchange Hall”, a nature experience facility, such as snorkeling, sea kayaking and accessory making etc.
  • Kitanizawa Stream
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori-ken Hino-gun Kanamachi
    Here is a mountain stream where you can experience what is said to be the characteristics of Mt. Oku-daisen, “water” and “beech trees”. The sound of the babbling water is comforting in the mysterious space wrapped in the deep green of beech and crispula (Blume) Menitsky trees.
  • Lake Togo
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori ken Yurashiba-cho, Tohaku-gun
    "Lake Togo is a brackish lake with a circumference of around 10 kilometers, located in central Tottori Prefecture, around five minutes' walk from JR Matsuzaki Station. The lake is also known as ""Crane Lake,"" because when viewed from Mt. Hachibuse it is said to resemble a crane with its wings spread wide to take flight; Lake Togo is included as one of the ""Eight Beautiful Sights of the San'in Region."" Hot springs bubble up both from the banks of the lake and from the lake bottom, and there are two Onsen (hot springs) resorts adjacent to the lake: Togo Onsen resort and the Hawai Onsen resort. There are a number of other interesting sights in the vicinity of Lake Togo, including Hoki Ichinomiya Shrine, Kofun burial mounds, orchards growing the delicious ""20th Century Pear"" variety of pears, etc. Renting a bicycle is a good way of getting around the area. Shijimi freshwater clams that are harvested from Lake Togo are a famous local specialty product."
  • Ame no Manai
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Yonago-shi Yodoecho Takaidani
    "About 2,500 tons of water bubbles up every day from this pure spring that's been selected as one of Japan's ""Top 100 Famous Water"" by the Environmental Agency. It's an essential water source for the locals for everything from drinking to agricultural uses to raising rainbow trout. The surrounding area has a thatch-roofed water wheel, a gazebo, and a walking path, as well as a parking lot. ""Amenomanai"" is an appellation given to only the very highest grade of water. Not only is Yonago blessed with such springs, but its tap water is so good it's been recognized by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's ""Tasty Water Research Committee."""
  • Kagikake Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Hinogunkoufuchou Okawara
    Located in Kofu Town, Hino County, Tottori Prefecture, Kagikake Pass is known as a famous sightseeing spot for seeing the spectacular southern face of Mt. Daisen from its vantage point at 910 meters above sea level. The sight of the vast forest of beech trees, one of the best in Western Japan, against the backdrop of the steep mountain face of Mt. Daisen is something to behold. Visitors to the pass can enjoy the beautiful countryside all year round with fresh verdure in the spring and maple trees and beautifully colored leaves in the autumn. The autumn leaves are at their best from late October to mid-November. Kagikake Pass is a popular spot visited by many tourists. There is an observation deck, toilets and car park.
  • Yumigahama Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Pref. Yonagoshi Kaikeonsen Sakaiminato City
    The Yumigahama Coast is a stretch of coastline that curves in the shape of a bow along the east side of the Yumigahama Peninsula. Its beautiful scenery has led to it being included in both the list of “Japan’s 100 Best Beaches” and the list of “Japan’s 100 Best Beaches with White Sand and Verdant Pine Trees.” The Yumigahama Coast is famous as a great place for water-sports such as surfing, yachting and parasailing, and attracts large numbers of tourists, particular in the summer.
  • Misasa Onsen, Misasa River Fireflies
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tohaku-gun Misasacho Misasa
    Nearly 800-year-old Misasa Onsen is famous for its fireflies. You can see the wild genjibotaru species lighting up the night along the banks of the Mitoku River flowing from the hot spring town. The best time to visit is from early to mid-June. Good spots to view the fireflies include the walkway along the river and Firefly Brook, part of the Furusato Kenko-Mura facility. In season an indoor firefly exhibit is set up so you can enjoy them even when it rains.
  • Ashizu Valley
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Yazu-gun Chizucho Ashizu
    A valley in Hyonosen-Ushiroyama-Nagisan Quasi-National Park. Located in Chizu Town, at the prefectural border with Okayama Prefecture, you can enjoy activities like forest therapy, hiking, camping, and fishing for yamame trout in the old growth forest of the valley. Formed by the Kitamata River (a tributary of the Sendai River), the diverse landscape has steep cliffs running down both sides of the valley. Lots of boulders have fallen from the cliffs and accumulated on the riverbed. The contrast of colorful autumn leaves with the natural cedar evergreens is a sight to see. 21-meter high Mitaki Falls is shrouded in forest and has been revered as a god of rain since ancient times.
  • Nariishinohama
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tohaku-gun Kotouracho Akasaki 1929-11
  • Mt.Okura
    Travel / Tourism
  • Ningyo Pass
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tohaku-gun Misasacho
  • Daisendaki
    Travel / Tourism
    Tottori Tohaku-gun Kotouracho Noigura
  • UNESCO World Geopark Sanin Kaigan Geopark Tottorisakyu
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Tottori Tottori-shi Fukubecho Yuyama 2164-661

Tottori Areas


Tottori prefecture is Japanese seasonal diversity at its best: Huge sand dunes cover the north coast, making for the perfect summer beach trip complete with the unexpected addition of camels; November brings the delectable snow crab, while winter around Mount Daisen, the Chugoku region’s highest mountain, promises snow sports and magical views.

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