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Tottori Prefecture (Tottori City, Iwami Town, Wakasa Town, Chizu Town, Yazu Town), Hyogo Prefecture (Kami Town, Shin’onsen Town) Wondrous sights and unexplored destinations that are birthed by the winds from the Sea of Japan~Inaba and Tajima areas where a legendary Kirin, a mythical creature that is thought to bring happiness, is flying over.~

Tottori Sand Dunes and Kirin Lion Dance

Tottori Sand Dunes and Kirin Lion Dance

Summary

The seasonal winds that blow from the Sea of Japan are what led to the creation of the Tottori Sand Dunes, which are the largest in Japan. The shapes of the wind, normally invisible to the naked eye, are reflected in the ripples visible on the sand dunes’ surfaces, and the massive and unusually shaped rocks that stretch out along the shoreline are cut out by these very same winds. If you follow the swift currents that gave birth to the Tottori Sand Dunes along to the Chugoku Mountains, hidden within the cedar forests and buried amongst the heavy snowfall that these same winds brought about, there stands a luxurious residence. If you trace these currents further to the source, an ancient temple that is hidden within caves will reveal itself.
These are the wondrous sights and unexplored destinations that are birthed by the winds from the Sea of Japan. People have expressed their gratitude for safely overcoming the harshness of these seasonal winds by continuing to perform the Kirin Lion Dance, a dance since long ago said to bring happiness, and these blessings of happiness are said to also be handed out to travelers who meet with this lion.

Cultural properties

  • Uradome Coast
    Uradome Coast
    Uradome Coast
  • Fudoin Iwayado temple
    Fudoin Iwayado temple
    Fudoin Iwayado temple
  • Ishitanike residence
    Ishitanike residence
    Ishitanike residence
  • Kirin Lion Dance of Tajima (Utsuno Shrine)
    Kirin Lion Dance of Tajima (Utsuno Shrine)
    Kirin Lion Dance of Tajima (Utsuno Shrine)

Map of cultural properties