Mountainous area with great basins
Tottori Prefecture is located in the northeastern part of the Chugoku region, and is somewhat elongated from east to west. Although the terrain is mountainous, plains are formed in the basins of three rivers, and Tottori City, Kurayoshi City, and Yonago City have developed as the central cities of each basin. The climate is relatively warm, and the seasons change vividly, with many sunny days from spring to autumn and snowfall in winter.
The biggest Sand Dunes of Japan
The first thing to mention when introducing Tottori is the Tottori Sand Dunes, the largest sand dune area in Japan. It captivates visitors with a feeling like they are in the vast desert and is one of the preserved heritages of Japan. This popular sightseeing spot offers a dynamic landscape that transforms throughout the seasons, from a snowy wonderland in winter to a vibrant field of scallion flowers in autumn. Other than a quick stop spot, there are a bunch of interesting activities you can experience here like camel rides, fat bike riding on the mirror beach, sandboarding, and paragliding.
Daisen – Top 3 Famous Peaks
Daisen is the highest peak in the Chugoku region and a famous peak in Tottori Prefecture. It has been selected as one of the top three mountains in “Japan’s Famous Peaks Ranking”, and has been selected as one of “Japan’s 100 Famous Mountains”, and its beautiful shape touches your heart the moment you see it. Daisen is also a national park, and is a valuable place where the rich nature inherited from the past still remains. Mt. Daisen is full of sights such as scenic spots, delicious sweets, and power spots. There are also stylish bakeries and sophisticated art museums nearby, so you can have a great time.
Tottori’s re-known cuisine: Matsuba crab and “20th century pear”
Tottori is a paradise for Crab Lovers. Matsuba crab is the local name for the male snow crab, and the ones caught in Tottori are famous for its succulent meat, bursting with natural sweetness. Tottori ranks No.1 in the country in terms of harvest so you surely can eat the freshest crab here. You can enjoy Matsuba crab in many different ways such as fresh sashimi, boiling, pot-pot,…
“20th century pear” or Nijusseki pear was originally discovered in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture, and was named in hopes of becoming the “king of the new century.” Cultivation began in Tottori Prefecture in 1902, and the current wholesale volume is No. 1 in Japan. It is characterized by bright yellow-green skin and a good balance of acidity and sweetness, as well as a lot of juice. Processed products such as juice and sweets are also sold.