3 Popular Photo Spots in Tottori Prefecture
Tottori Prefecture, located in the Chugoku region, is a place with many stunning scenic spots that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. This article will focus on introducing popular spots that will make you want to pull out your camera for some photos.
1. Tottori Sand Dunes
Located on the Sea of Japan side of Tottori City in Tottori Prefecture, the Tottori Sand Dunes stretch 16 km from east to west and 2.4 km from north to south, making them one of the largest dune systems in Japan. These dunes, designated as a special protected area and a Natural Monument of Japan, are a major tourist attraction representing Tottori Prefecture.
There are various areas where you’ll want to snap a shot of the scenery, including the patterns drawn in the sand by the wind, and the camel-riding experience.
2. Eshima Ohashi Grand Bridge
Eshima Ohashi Grand Bridge is a massive bridge with a total length of 1,446 meters that connects Tottori Prefecture’s Watari-cho in Sakaiminato with Shimane Prefecture’s Yatsukacho in Matsue. The highest point of the bridge reaches around 45 meters from the water’s surface, and its steep slope has earned it a nickname that translates to “Pedal-to-the-Metal Slope.” It has been used as a location in car commercial, which has turned it into a famous spot.
- Connecting Tottori Prefecture’s Watari-cho in Sakaiminato with Shimane Prefecture’s Yatsukacho in Matsue
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3. Sanbutsuji Temple’s Nageire-do
Sanbutsuji Temple is located on Mt. Mitoku at an altitude of 899.9 meters. Nagaire-do, one of the temple’s halls, is a unique building built onto the side of a steep cliff, and it has also been designated as a national treasure. To see the hall up close, visitors must climb a difficult mountain road, including extremely narrow paths and sections where you must pull yourself up steep inclines using anchored chains. The scenery along the way up to the hall is beautiful, so be sure to give it a visit if you’re up to the physical task!