FAQ

General

Are there showers in the Tottori Sand Dunes?

There are coin-opened how showers ( 100 yen for 3 minutes) in the “Sakyu Kaikan” located on the other side of the Visitor Center.  *Not available during winter.

The Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center has an outdoor resting area with free foot showers and kid’s showers. ( Available: 9:00-17:00)

And you will find the hot spring “Sakyu Onsen Fureai Kaikan” head about 3km east from the Visitor Center.

 

Can I go to the sand dunes with shoes?

You can go with your shoes, but sand may get into your shoes.

■Rubber boots – Available for rent at the “Sakyu Kaikan” located on the other side of the Visitor Center. There is no worry of sand getting into boots.

■Sandals – Free rental sandals are available in the Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center corridor. Store your shoes in your car or use a coin locker.

Sandals are not available for rental in winter and the summer when the surface temperature of sand is too high.

The number of boots and sandals is limited. We do not accept footwear reservation.

 

Can we meet the camels every day?

Camel Riding Experience may be closed irregularly, and camels may take days off depending on the weather.

 

Is there Wi-Fi service?

Free Wi-Fi is available in Tottori Sand Dunes.

■Tottori BB
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■Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center
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Can I swim along the coast of the Tottori Sand Dunes?

Swimming along the coast of the Tottori Sand Dunes is prohibited by the “Ordinance to Protedct and Care the best Tottori Sand Dunes in Japan”.

 

Lost and Found ( Lost properties)

Prease contact the Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center for lost properties in and around the dunes.

 

I want to sled at the Tottori Sand Dunes

There are no restrictions on the use of sleds in the Tottori Sand Dunes, but there are some precautions.

・Can only sled on the east side of Umanose (Horse’s Back).
・Pay attention before sledding to those who experience sandboarding.
・Please take sleds and cardboards home with you.

Can I bring my pets?

In the Tottori Sand Dunes, you can enter with your pets on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for collecting and disposing of their pet’s waste.

In the Tottori Sand Dunse Visitor Center, you can enter with your Guide dogs. Please note other general pets are not allowed to enter to visitor center even in your arms.

 

 

Opening Hours

■Tottori Sand Dunes

There are no admission restrictions on Tottori Sand Dunes. Open 24 hours.

■Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center
9:00~17:00

■Tottori Sand Dunes Parking Lot

There are no admission restrictions on the parking lot. You may enter and leave day and night.

Visitor Center

Is there a parking lot?

Please use “Tottori Sand Dunes Parking Lot” ( in front of the visitor center), there is no dedicated parking at the visitor center.

※Please refer to this site for the information on temporary parking lots in GW.

<Parking fee (per day)>

Motorcycle & Scooter  200 yen

Standard-sized car       500 yen

Medium-sized bus      1000 yen

Large-sized bus           2000 yen

*There is no entrance/exit gate in the parking lot so you may enter and leave day and night.

<Inquires about parking>
Nature Park Fundation Tottori Branch   0857-23-7652

Does the Visitor Center have somewhere to eat a bringing packed lunch?

Your packed lunches can be eaten in the outdoor resting area with a roof.

There is no space for lunch inside the visitor center.

 

1F (Indoor resting area)  –  Only drinks allowed

2F (Exhibition zones, Study corner, and Library)  –  No food and drink allowed

 

Regulations

Rules and Permissions relating to TV, Film, and Photography Shoots at the Tottori Sand Dunes

Notification of application form is required in advance only when shooting cosplay (bringing in props or backgrounds), TV interviews or group photo sessions in the Tottori Sand Dunes. You don’t need a notification to photograph if you’re using handheld equipment or a tripod.

Click here to download and submit the application form (Tottori City Hall Tourism and Geopark Promotion Section)

Depending on the shooting content, such as using large-scale equipment for shooting, permission from the Natural Park Law and the Cultural Properties Protection Law is required.

Natural Park Law

Uradome Ranger Office, Kinki Regional Environment Office, Ministry of the Environment

Natural Green Resources Division, Tottori Prefecture

Tourism/Geopark Promotion Section, Tottori City

Cultural property protection law

Board of Education, Tottori City

 Tottori Sand Dunes enlightment flyer

Can I fly a drone over Tottori Sand Dunes?

Notification of application form is required in advance for drone flights in the Tottori Sand Dunes. However, please refrain from drone flying and practice by beginners. (There are many tourists and it is difficult to control the drone with wind from the sea and sand in the dunes.)

Click here to download and submit the application form (Tottori City Hall Tourism and Geopark Promotion Section)

Please drop in at the reception counter of Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center before shooting.

About flying drones in the dunes… Regarding flying drones in the Tottori Sand Dunes is prohibited by the “Ordinance to Protect and Care the best Tottori Sand Dunes in Japan” from causing harm or fear to people.

Flight is possible when the wind speed is 5 meters or less

You can check the current wind speed with  TOTTORI SAKYU NAVI

The distance between the aircraft and the pilot is limited to about 100 meters, limited to the visible range

Check for the presence of a third party.

Keep enough distance between third party and drone

 

The following acts are also prohibited under the Aviation Law unless approved by the Osaka Aviation Bureau.

Flying drones during night time and out of sight.

When maintaining a certain operating distance is less than 30 meters between the drone and the persons or properties.

Operate drones over event sites where many people gather.

Transport hazardous materials such as explosives by drones.

Drop any objects from the drone.

 

* Drones are not allowed to fly during the busiest holiday period in Japan, Bon Festival in mid-August and Golden Week starting from the end of April to the beginning of May, as many tourists come. We appreciate your understanding.

Services

Free rental sandals

There are free rental sandals available in the Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center corridor. The number of sandals is limited. We do not accept reservations.

Sandals are not available for rental in the winter and the summer when the surface temperature of the sand is too high.

Wheelchairs

There are free wheelchair rental services available at the reception counter of the Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center.

 The terrace where you can get the whole panoramic view of the Tottori Sand Dunes can be accessed by the wooden slope from the Tottori Sand Dunes Parking Lot. The usual wheelchair can be reached up to the terrace. Driving on the sand will not proceed unless you use a special wheelchair for sand dunes.

 Wheelchairs for inside the Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center

Special wheelchairs for driving on the sand dunes

 The number is limited, please feel free to contact us. (Wheelchair reservations are not accepted)