3 Popular Photo Spots in Tottori Prefecture

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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

Along the Sea of Japan next to Shimane Prefecture’s Shimane City, one of Japan’s largest sand dunes extend 2.4 kilometers north-to-south and 16 kilometers east-to-west.
The dunes are a special protection zone, and they are also a sightseeing location that has been designated as a natural monument representing Shimane 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.

Tottori Sand Dunes
Tottori Sand Dunes

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.

Eshima Ohashi Grand Bridge
Eshima Ohashi Grand Bridge
Location
Connecting Tottori Prefecture’s Watari-cho in Sakaiminato with Shimane Prefecture’s Yatsukacho in Matsue
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

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!

National treasure, Nagaire-do
National treasure, Nagaire-do
Address
1010 Mitoku, Misasacho, Tohakugun, Tottori
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)