Tottori Sand Dunes

Location of Tottori Sand Dunes
View from the biggest dune
A camel for tourists

The Tottori Sand Dunes (鳥取砂丘) are sand dunes located outside the city center of Tottori in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

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Tottori (city)

Capital, and the largest city in Japan's Tottori Prefecture in the Chūgoku region of Japan.

Skyline of Tottori City from Tottori Castle

Within Japan the city is best known for its sand dunes which are a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from outside the prefecture.

Tottori Prefecture

Prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region of Honshu.

The Tottori Sand Dunes
Map of Tottori Prefecture
Tottori City
Axis Bird Stadium.
Sunaba Coffee House, a well known Coffeehouse in Tottori
Panoramic view of Mount Daisen, Yonago
View of Sakaiminato Mizuki Shigeru Memorial Hall and Character's Statue

Tottori Prefecture is home to the Tottori Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes system in Japan, and Mount Daisen, the highest peak in the Chūgoku Mountains.


Landform composed of wind- or water-driven sand.

Coastal dunes in De Panne, Belgium
Coastal dunes at the Yyteri Beach in Pori, Finland
Cadiz Dunes Wilderness
Sand dunes of the Empty Quarter to the east of Liwa Oasis, United Arab Emirates
Sand hitting sand is more likely to stick; sand hitting a more coherent surface is more likely to bounce (saltation). This exacerbating feedback loop helps sand accumulate into dunes.
Isolated barchan dunes on the surface of Mars. Dominant wind direction would be from left to right.
Schematic of coastal parabolic dunes
Reversing dune showing short minor slipface atop the major stoss (upwind) face
Dune Nine in Sossusvlei, Namibia, is over 300m high.
Coastal dunes covered in grasses around the mouth of the Liver Å river in Denmark
Sand dunes of Hyypänmäki in Hailuoto, Finland
Gypsum dune fields, White Sands National Park, New Mexico, United States
Cross-bedding in lithified aeolian sand dunes preserved as sandstone in Zion National Park, Utah
Sand blowing off a crest in the Kelso Dunes of the Mojave Desert, California, USA
A dune in Sossusvlei, in the greater Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia. Note the trees being engulfed for scale.
Camelthorn trees and bushes scattered on dunes in the Kalahari Desert in Namibia (2017)
Sand dune in the Libyan Desert near Dakhla Oasis at sunset.
Wind ripples on crescent-shaped sand dunes (barchans) in southwest Afghanistan (Sistan)
Fronting the Mediterranean Sea in Oliva, Valencian Community, Spain
50 m tall dune in Salir do Porto, Portugal
Sand dunes of Lemnos, Greece
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes
Cadiz Dunes Wilderness, California
White sand dunes in the Lençóis Maranhenses National Park, Maranhão, Brazil
Sand dune on Mars
Rub' al Khali (Arabian Empty Quarter) sand dunes imaged by Terra (EOS AM-1). Most of these dunes are seif dunes. Their origin from barchans is suggested by the stubby remnant "hooks" seen on many of the dunes. Wind would be from left to right.
Large linear seif dunes in the Great Sand Sea in southwest Egypt, seen from the International Space Station. The distance between each dune is 1.5–2.5 km.
The average-direction-longitudinal model of seif dune formation
alt=Transverse dune with wind blowing across crest|By contrast, transverse dunes form with the wind blowing perpendicular to the ridges, and have only one slipface, on the lee side. The stoss side is less steep.
alt=Animation of wind pushing transverse dunes along. The sand blows from the stoss side down onto the less side, where it is buried by the next layer. The dune thus moves, and a cross-section through it shown diagonal cross-bedding|Transverse dunes lie perpendicular to the wind, which moves them forwards, producing the cross-bedding shown here.

Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Prefecture, Japan

Sendai River

River in eastern Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

Middle reaches of the Sendai River, Chizu, Tottori Prefecture
Sendai River at Mochigase, Tottori
Sendai River at the Port of Tottori

The Sendai River provides sediment to form the Tottori Sand Dunes, the largest dune system in Japan.

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Namib Desert
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Tottori Sand Dunes – sand-dune system in Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

Woman in the Dunes

1964 Japanese New Wave drama directed by Hiroshi Teshigahara, starring Eiji Okada as an entomologist searching for insects and Kyōko Kishida as the titular woman.

Japanese theatrical poster

Woman in the Dunes was shot on location at Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

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Tottori Sand Dunes

Sanin Kaigan National Park

National Park in Tottori, Hyōgo, and Kyōto Prefectures, Japan.

Imagoura of Kasumi Coast in Kami, Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori, Tottori prefecture, Japan.

Tottori Sand Dunes

Tottori Station

Railway station on the Sanin Main Line in the city of Tottori, in Tottori Prefecture, Japan, operated by the West Japan Railway Company (JR West).

The platform of Tottori Station in Japan.

Tottori Sand Dunes

Meanings of minor planet names: 35001–36000


Palomar Mountain Observatory featured on 1948 United States stamp

35370 Daisakyu || || Tottori-Dai-Sakyu ("Tottori Sand Dunes"), Japan's greatest sand dune, near Tottori City which merged with Saji Village, where the Saji Observatory is located, in 2004 || ·