On the way home from Daisen, we stopped at the Tottori sand dunes for the day. The audible gasp from the kids when we walked over the hill and saw the dunes for the first time was worth the trip. The dunes are located just outside the city of Tottori and run along the coast for several kilometers. We had a lot of fun running up and down the hills and with temperatures in the 70s, I even went for a swim, my first in the Sea of Japan.
There were a lot of people there, but it didn’t feel crowded. All one had to do is walk a short way to get some privacy. Most of the tourists stopped for photos with the camels near the road and then walked up the nearest dune. It would have been nice to have a picnic lunch and walk to another part of the dunes away from everyone. The size of the dunes is impressive and despite the fact they are shrinking, they still attract a lot of tourists. We were the only non-Japanese tourists in the mountains and at the dunes. This area is really off the beaten track for foreigners. Below is a video from the day.