“Japan even has a desert!” is what I read somewhere a couple of years ago, and I thought, “Huh, what?! Where?!” and thus I read the article and found out about the Tottori Sand Dunes. Now, I don’t want to spoil it for you, but don’t let pictures like the ones above (or even better, the ones including camels) fool you. Other articles, like the one I read, usually only show pictures in which the dunes actually look like an endless desert, but I’ll give you a bit more images of the surroundings.
I’m not saying they’re not worth a visit, because the sand dunes are definitely impressive. I’m assuming it used to look more like a desert years ago, that the vegetation has appeared due to global warming. It’s just a guess though!
As usual, I didn’t take the main route, which is from the cable car 🚠 to a much less steep hill. You know I’m not the one to take the road most travelled by. 😉 (but I probably also damaged my knee even more by doing this…)
This next one was one of the most amazing views I’ve ever been a witness of; the endless ocean (ahum, it’s not really an ocean; Sea of Japan/East Sea). 🌊❤
It had rained earlier that day (when I visited Yura aka Conan Town) and so the sand was still wet, so it was rather difficult to move in the sand. With every step I took, my feet sank deep into the sand, as you can see on the picture below. The last picture shows my ‘walking route’ down the highest hill; definitely not in a straight line!