Tottori Sand Dunes is the largest sand dune in Japan. Superb photo spots, riding camels and sandboarding is just a typical day here at the dunes.
From Tokyo you can either catch a plane that goes from Tokyo to Tottori, or you can take a bus that arrives at a station closest to Tottori's sand dunes. We'll also be including an access guide for how to get there from Osaka.
From Tokyo to Tottori Sand Dunes
Tokyo to Tottori Sand Dunes
From Tokyo, you can access Tottori Sand Dunes by plane or Shinkansen. Here, we will introduce the easiest accessible plane route.
There are no Tottori flights from Narita Airport, so be sure to use Haneda Airport. From Haneda Airport head to Tottori Airport, then take a bus from the airport to the sand dunes.
Time required: Approximately two hours
Fares: Approximately 31,000 yen
Even though Tottori Airport and Tottori Sand Dunes are relatively close to each other, you'll need to take the bus to get there. We've added pictures on how to get to the sand dunes from Tottori Airport.
Take the bus from Tottori Airport and get off at the “Johoku Danchi” bus stop (城北団地バス停). Cross the road and proceed in the direction of the picture below. In the distance there is an “Apaman Shop” (アパマンショップ) which is the direction you'll be heading in.
Get on the No.1 bus from Tottori Airport
Walk in the direction the bus came
Once you're at the bus stop “Johoku Danchi” (城北団地), you'll need to catch a bus that goes to "Sakyu Higashiguchi" (砂丘東口) bus stop.
WARNING!!! There are 5 different buses that go through this bus stop and only two of them will take you where you want to go.
If the bus says on its display screen "岩井行き" or "砂丘行き", it will stop at Sakyu Higashiguchi bus stop. If you are unsure which bus is the correct one, just ask the bus driver politely "Sakyu Higashiguchi??" and you should be fine.
Transit bus stop “Johoku Danchi” (城北団地)
A five-minute walk from "Sakyu Higashiguchi" (砂丘東口) bus stop and you're at the sand dunes!
* On Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, you can go from Tottori Airport to the dunes without any transfers. Click here for more info (click "English" once you're on the webpage).
There are only 3 flights a day so plan your bus trip accordingly.
From Osaka to Tottori Sand Dunes
There are two ways of getting to Tottori sand dunes from Osaka's Kansai Airport. Here, we'll introduce each route.
― Express train
From Kansai Airport get on the express train, transfer at Shin-Osaka station and get on the Super Hakutao 11 train that heads to Totori Station. Once you're at Totori station, get the direct bus that takes you to "Sakyu Kaikan"(砂丘会館).
Time required: Approximately four hours 20 minutes
Fare: 10,000 yen
Kansai Airport 〜 Tottori Sand Dunes
From Kansai Airpot catch a bus that takes you to JR Namba Station 2nd bus terminal “Namba OCAT”. Click here to find out more about bust stop locations & times.
Get on the Express bus and head to Totori Station. Like before, get on the direct bus and get off at "Sakyu Kaikan"(砂丘会館) bus stop.
Time required: around 4 hours
Fares: roughly 5,000 yen
Until the end of March 2020, there is a special price bus only offered to foreign tourists. Click here for more details.
To the dunes by bus
Arriving at Tottori Sand Dunes
Time to breathe in the fresh air! When you arrive at Tottori Sand Dunes, enjoy activities such as sandboarding and fat biking!
Tottori Sand Dunes
You can ride camels in the dunes
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