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Tottori Dune with the Snow

Tottori Dune with the Snow

It’s winter in Japan, the weather is cold, the sky is often gray, and sometimes, just to finish us, we are being blown by the wind and drenched by the rain. It’s not the perfect season for a trip into Japanese lands!

Tottori Area
Tottori Area.

But it’s also an opportunity to discover unique landscapes and I’ll try to prove it to you this year. This time, I’m taking you on the west coast for a walk on Tottori’s dunes.

Tottori Village
Tottori Village.

These dunes are composed of sediments from nearest mountains, brought here by rivers and structured into dunes by the wind. He contains more soil particles and is a lot more darker than the one from Pyla’s Dune.

Tottori Dune Lazy Access
Tottori Dune Lazy Access.

The area, in constant decrease, is smaller and dunes are far less taller as well (50 meters tall against 110 meters for our national dune in Arcachon). You got me, I wouldn’t suggest The Tottori Dunes unless you’re not living too far or… maybe… if it’s snowing hard 🙂

Snow and Sea
Snow and Sea.

I’m from Arcachon, and I’m (of course) used to the famous Dune of Pyla. Consequently I didn’t expect to be astonished by Tottori’s. However, for the first time, I knew that I was finally going to walk on snow powdered dunes with the ocean in front of me. A dream close to impossible in my birth country.

The Snow Camel
The Snow Camel.


Down the Dune
Down the Dune.


Tottori Lake
Tottori Lake.


Tottori Dune North
Tottori Dune North.


The Tiny Surfer
The Tiny Surfer.


Tottori Dune South
Tottori Dune.


Looking at the Japanese Sea
Looking at the Japanese Sea.




Tottori Dune by Night
Tottori Dune by Night.

What about you? Would you visit Tottori’s dunes? Or have you already have the luck to walk on snow to Pyla?

Translated by Paul Labrusse, 24 years old geologist and Sunday drawer (Mr Tee-Shirt on Deviant Art).

  • Woah! That’s crazy! I mean .. it was really cold when I visited, but seeing it covered in snow is kind of insane.
    Thanks for sharing these awesome photos! 🙂

    • Thank you! I was actually waiting for this to happen very impatiently… and then when I could see the dune was covered with snow, I drove to it! (it happened kind of like that, also, I was in Osaka at that time). Now I am waiting for another kind of landscape to be covered by snow around Tokyo but not sure it will happen this year… Fingers crossed…

      • Wow, all the way from Osaka? Quite amazing, but you got awesome photos out of it, so totally worth it! ^___^

  • Andrew M

    Was that a camel and surfer I saw in the photos?
    The pictures of the dunes were nice, but for some reason the second one of the town really catches my eye.
    Thank you for sharing your adventures with us.

    • You are welcome, my pleasure really 🙂 Yeah, a camel and a surfer… surrounding by snow. The setting is quite interesting isn’t it 🙂


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I am Jordy Meow, I am a French photographer living in Japan. My interest is to discover and share information about offbeat and lesser known locations for foreigners coming or living in Japan. I published books and now preparing new beautiful series of guidebooks.