Japan has it all. Aside from having picturesque mountains, beautiful shrines and sturdy castles, it has a majestic dessert with a breathtaking view of the seaside. The natural patterns seem to have touched by the hands of the wind over the years. There is more to life than camelback riding in sand dunes. Because trees are few, and the sand is soft, why not try paragliding and sandboarding? And when the white snow blankets the mustard sands, nothing can hinder you from your snowboarding activity.
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After traversing the giant sandbox of Tottori, what to do next? Head along the southern part and you'll get to the famous sand museum of Japan. All made in sand, the giant sand sculptures will fill your eyes with stunning work of art. Sand sculptors around gather in this place and exhibit their craft with the malleable sand of Tottori as their medium.
From Tokyo, travel by air from Haneda Airport to Tottori Airport. By train, you may take the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka or Himeji Station, then transfer to Super Hakuto express train to Tottori. One-way trip costs around 19,000 yen, plus a supplement fee of 1820 yen because the Super Hakuto limited express train partially takes non-JR tracks. Bus is another option, where you can take overnight trip between Shinagawa Bus terminal and Tottori Station. This one-way night trip costs about 10,500 yen. To get to the Sand dunes from Tottori Station, take a bus ride via 100 yen Kururi Buses, which departs once every 1-2 hours from bus stop #0 in front of Tottori station.
It is advisable to bring any cleaning material for your feet after rolling in the sand hills. It is also important to exercise caution in every trip.
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