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Tottori Prefecture can be found if you head towards the Eastern end of Shikoku Island. It shares borders with multiple Prefectures, including Kagawa Prefecture, and Ehime Prefecture, with the Sea of Japan to the North of the region.

You can actually find the only large sand dune system in Japan in Tottori Prefecture, in the form of the Tottori Sand Dunes. They cover an area of more than 16km, most of which is spread next to the Sea of Japan coastline. The dunes themselves can be up to 50-meters high! It has made a name for itself as the most famous tourist attraction in the whole of Tottori Prefecture.

You don’t have to worry, there is a lot more to do by the Tottori Sand Dunes than just to stand there and look at them. Luckily, they are constantly moving due to the tides and the coastal winds, so no two days look the same. You can ride a camel in the area, or take a horse-drawn carriage across the sand. You could even get up higher and paraglide in the sky above the sand-covered area.

After spending your time adventuring in the sand, you should head to the Eastern side of Tottori city, where you will be able to find Kannon-in Temple. It is a Buddhist temple which was built all the way back in the Edo Period, and it features a beautiful Japanese style garden. You will even get to try authentic matcha tea and traditional sweets during your time there.

If you take a trip towards the North-eastern side of the city center, then you will be able to find the Tottori Castle Ruins. The castle itself was built all the way back in 1532, but it was destroyed due to the modernization policies of the government during the Meiji Period. All that you will be able to see standing are the stone walls of the castle, as well as a single wooden gate. By venturing past the courtyard you will encounter one of the most spectacular views in Tottori Prefecture, as you will see the whole of Tottori City in front of you. There are even cherry blossom trees among the Tottori Castle Ruins, so visitors flock to the area in the spring.

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