Tottori for the First Time

When you think of Japan, do you think of sand dunes? The answer seems obvious. But in reality, sand dunes do actually exist in Japan, and the only place they exist in is Tottori prefecture. With over 30 square kilometers, the sand dunes have existed for about 100,000 years, and were created through the deposited sediment from the Chugoku mountains. The winds from the nearby ocean help rearrange the sand dunes, making large cliffs and hills of sand that can be rode down with sandboards. You can also rent horse and camel carts to take pictures that make it look like you’ve visited the middle east!
 
 
Sand Museum
The Sand Museum is also another unusual sight in Tottori. Located near the sand dunes, the Sand Museum showcases a wonderful array of art and sculptures all made from sand. Since 2006, this open-air exhibit showcases sculptures made only from sand and water. This means that eventually, most of these sculptures will break down and wear away, giving you a once-in-a-lifetime chance to view some of these works. This includes recreations of Macchu Picchu, as well as famous European paintings and Japanese castles.
 
 
Hakuto Shrine
The Hakuto Shrine is the setting of a popular Shinto myth, about the white rabbit Inaba, who was the matchmaker between King Ookuni and the Princess, Hachigami. The shrine is dedicated to Inaba, and the Mitarashi pond that is located nearby is said to heal wounds and burns. This myth comes from the fact that, in the story, the white rabbit Inaba healed himself in the pond. Right next to the shrine is the Hakuto Beach, known for its beautiful white beaches, and is designated as one of Japan’s top 100 beaches. 
 
Tottori Castle ruins
Though no longer an actual castle, the Tottori ruins are still worth visiting if you are into having a nice, pleasant walk to the top of a hill, or to learn about the history of the castle. The castle was originally built into the mountainside, using natural defenses to protect the walls and building. Now, however, the walls and buildings no longer exist, but the gates and surrounding moat still do. It is especially beautiful during the spring time, when the sakura trees blossom and fall to the ground, highlighting that not all things can last forever, but we should respect them while they last. 

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