Tottori 鳥取

Tottori City in Japan's Chugoku Region

Tottori Prefecture is located in the Chugoku Region along the Sea of Japan coast. Tottori Prefecture is the least populous prefecture in Japan. The prefectural capital is Tottori City with a population of around 192,000 people.

Things to see in Tottori

Some of the most visited sightseeing spots in Tottori.

  1. Tottori Sand Dunes

    Sand Dunes outside of Tottori City in Tottori Prefecture

    The Tottori Sand Dunes are located just outside Tottori City center. The dunes are part of the Sanin Kaigan National Park and are Tottori's most famous tourist attraction. The sand dunes are the largest in Japan and span about 16 kilometers of coast along the Sea of Japan and up to two kilometers wide. In close proximity to the sand dunes is the Sand Museum, where large sand sculptures made by artists from around the world is on display. Along the dunes there is also camel and horse riding available for visitors.

    Sakyu Sand Dunes in Tottori Prefecture

    How to get there

    From Tottori Station ride a bus heading for Tottori Sakyu, the Sand Dunes are at the last stop. The bus ride takes about 20 minutes and departs hourly.

  2. Mount Daisen

    view of Mount Daisen in Tottori Prefecture

    Mount Daisen is with its 1729 meters the tallest mountain in the Chugoku Region and part of the Daisen-Oki National Park. Mount Daisen has long been spiritually important in the area with the Daisenji Buddhist Temple located at its base and Ogamiyama Shrine further up the mountain trail. The climb to the peak is about 4 kilometers long and takes a strenuous three hours of steep stairs and wooden boardwalks.

    hiking trails on Mount Daisen

    How to get there

    Take a bus from either Yonago Station for one hour or Daisen-guchi Station for about 30 minutes heading for Daisenji Temple, from where the hiking trails begin.