Japan 日本 – 2017 Apr 18 (Day 5) – Tottori 鳥取

I finally made it to Tottori! After days of delay (I had planned to visit on Day 2), the weather was finally in my favour.

It takes about 2 hours from Okayama to Tottori by the Limited Express Super Inaba. The fare is fully covered by my Sanyo Sanin JR West Pass but for those who are using the Region Wide JR Pass, there is a top up of 1,820 JPY required (one way) as this train runs partially on non-JR tracks.

Upon arrival at the Tottori station, my first stop as the Tourist Information Centre again! I have wanted to visit Amedaki Waterfall, Uradome Coast and the Tottori Sand Dunes. There is a 2,000 JPY taxi service available for a 3 hours ride so I had wanted to take that up because the locations are not closed to one another.

Unfortunately, I was told that Amedaki is closed due to fallen stone destroying the path down to it and the Cruise Ride at Uradome Coast is closed for the day due to bad weather.

To head to the Tottori Sand Dunes 鳥取砂丘, I took the bus bound for Sakyu Kaikan 砂丘会館 from Gate 0. It cost 370 JPY for one trip and took about 20mins. You can also drop off at the Dunes Observatory 砂丘センター展望台 and take the chairlift (200 JPY) down to the Sand Dunes. Intinitally, I had wanted to take the chairlift but after taking a look at it, I backed out. I’m too cowardly for it. LOL!

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Chair Lift

Alighting at the Sakyu Kaikan, the entrance to the Sand Dunes is just across the road.

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Once I climbed up the flight of stairs, the image before me is WOW! I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

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I totally enjoyed my time there. The place wasn’t crowded so I managed to find a good spot to just sit down and enjoy the cold sea breeze and quietness around me. There are various activities that you can do here like riding a Camel, paragliding and sandboarding. The beach is also open when the weather is good. However, the tide were really strong that day so nobody actually went down to the beach.

I went for my lunch at the Sakyu Kaikan. There was a restaurant nearby that had very good review but it was sold out by the time I was there! I had the Kaisen Don and it was good but not fantastic.

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After filling my tummy, I took a short walk to the Sand Museum 砂の美術館. The Sand Museum held a different exhibition every year and I was lucky to be there just when they had changed it for 2017. The current theme is United States of America which will be held between 15 April 2017 to 3rd Jan 2018. The entrace fee to the Museum is 600 JPY. You may want to take note that outside this period, there will not be an exhibition available as they are setting up for the next one.

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Entrance to the Sand Museum

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A history of the exhibition that had been held here
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Welcome to Hollywood!
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Albert Einstein!

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Statue of Liberty & New York City
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I love the details that they made on the exhibition
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Mount Rushmore sculpture of the four US presidents

There are many more other exhibitions but I have only chosen the ones that I like here. The exhibition is located on the 2nd floor of the building and on the 3rd floor, I discovered a small observatory deck for the Sand Dune!

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Ended my trip with a pear soft serve ice cream while waiting for the bus to head back to Tottori Station. Pear is one of the local delicacy in Tottori and it is yummy!

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I had to move on to Hiroshima today as it was my last day in Okayama so there was a bit of travelling involved and I couldn’t expore other areas in Tottori. Although there were a lot of disruption to my plan for Tottori, I think it is still a good experience for me as I was able to get a lot of information from the Tourist Information Center and that will helped me plan a better trip to Tottori soon!

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