Skip to main content

Latest japan travel

Card image

Shiga Travel Guide

Nestled in the heart of Japan, Shiga Prefecture is a captivating destination renowned for its natural splendor and profound historical heritage. At the forefront of Shiga's allure is Lake Biwa, Japan's largest lake and a symbol of the region's breathtaking landscape. Covering a significant portion

by Travel Editor
Japan Travel

Tottori Travel Guide

by Travel Editor

Tottori Prefecture, a golfer's haven along the enchanting Sea of Japan, invites you to discover a unique blend of world-class golfing experiences and captivating natural wonders. In this overview, we'll guide you through the premier golf courses and attractions that define Tottori as a must-visit destination for visitors

What To Do

Tottori Sand Dunes

Start your adventure with a visit to the iconic Tottori Sand Dunes, a vast and surreal landscape that stands as a testament to nature's artistry. These undulating dunes, shaped by wind and time, create an otherworldly environment. For the adventurous, try sandboarding down the slopes or take a camel ride for a unique perspective of this mesmerizing natural wonder.

Tottori Castle Ruins

Immerse yourself in history by exploring the Tottori Castle Ruins, where remnants of a feudal castle transport you back in time. Wander through the stone walls and castle grounds, and envision the stories of samurai and shoguns that once echoed through these historic corridors. The panoramic views from the castle site provide a picturesque backdrop for reflection.

Tottori Sand Museum

Marvel at the intricate sand sculptures displayed at the Tottori Sand Museum. Each year, international artists gather to create stunning sculptures that depict various themes, showcasing the incredible possibilities of sand as an artistic medium. The museum's exhibitions change regularly, ensuring a fresh and awe-inspiring experience with every visit.

Utsubuki Koen Park

For those seeking a tranquil escape, a leisurely stroll through the vibrant Utsubuki Koen Park is a must. This meticulously landscaped park offers a peaceful retreat with cherry blossoms in spring, vibrant foliage in autumn, and serene ponds throughout the year. Find a quiet spot to relax, surrounded by nature's beauty, and recharge before your next golfing adventure.

Events and Seasonal Happenings

Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Tottori by participating in the dynamic local festivals that breathe life into the region. These celebrations showcase the unique traditions, lively performances, and the warm hospitality that define Tottori's festive spirit.

Tottori Sand Dunes Festival (December)
Experience the pulse of Tottori at the Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Festival, a lively celebration that unfolds against the breathtaking backdrop of the iconic sand dunes. Held annually, this festival is a vibrant convergence of tradition and modernity. Join in the excitement as parades wind their way through the dunes, featuring elaborate floats, and traditional costumes, and as night falls, be enchanted by a dazzling fireworks display.

Shan-Shan Festival in Yonago (August)
Venture to Yonago and witness the city come alive during the Shan-Shan Festival, a spirited celebration that pulsates with traditional dances, rhythmic music, and a vibrant street parade. Held annually, this festival reflects the rich cultural heritage of the region. Join the rhythmic beats of taiko drums reverberating through the air as local performers showcase age-old dance forms, adorned in colorful and elaborate costumes. 

Eat and Drink

Savor the flavors of Tottori with its unique culinary delights. Indulge in Matsuba crab, a local delicacy renowned for its sweet and succulent meat. Tottori Wagyu beef, celebrated for its exquisite marbling, is a treat for meat enthusiasts. Quench your thirst with locally brewed sake, such as the famous Jizake Tottori, offering a taste of the region's brewing heritage.

Where To Play

1. Daisen Golf Club

Selected continuously as one of Japan's top 100 courses, Daisen is named after the newarby volcanic  Mt. Daisen. Nestled within the virgin forest its base, Daisen Golf Club has earned its place among Japan's top courses.

Each hole is intricately woven into the landscape, surrounded by towering red pines, black pines, and various other trees. The fairways are generously wide, enhancing the overall playability. Notably, the 6th hole stands out as a feature; This long hole begins with a dogleg to the right, and the second shot requires a skillful carry over a valley.

The 15th hole offers breathtaking views—a straight, gently uphill fairway with Mt. Daisen majestically towering to the right. Overall, the course boasts ample distance, providing an exhilarating yet challenging experience for golf enthusiasts.

2. Tottori Country Club Yoshioka Onsen Course

From the clubhouse restaurant, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Koyama, the largest lake in the Sea of Japan, and the impressive Tottori Sand Dunes. The front nine features a series of downhill holes, and despite the overall short length, precision is crucial for navigating the narrow fairways and sticky rough.

Conversely, the back nine presents a set of challenging holes, including the lengthy par-4 12th and the gourd-shaped par-3 13th, featuring two-tiered greens. Notably, the par-5 18th hole, a dogleg to the left, adds an intriguing element to the course. It puts your course management skills to the test, offering the choice between a bold shortcut over the valley or a safer, more strategic play around the danger.

3. Kanda Golf Club

Kanda Golf Club stands out as one of the region's finest short courses (par 58). Embracing the concept of "easy and fun golf," the club is nestled in the magnificent natural surroundings at the foot of Mt. Daisen.

The course caters to a diverse range of players, including beginners, families, couples, women, juniors, and solo golfers, providing an authentic short-course experience. It is particularly well-suited for advanced players looking to enhance their approach and putting skills. 18 holes for visitors costs just ¥3,900 on weekdays and ¥4,250 on weekends!

Getting there

By Air:

ANA operates several flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Tottori Airport. Flight duration is 75 minutes

By Train:

Take the Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Osaka or Himeji Station and transfer to the Super Hakuto limited express train to Tottori.