Sand Dune sights in Japan
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Used as the location for Teshigahara Hiroshi's classic 1964 film Woman in the Dunes, the Tottori sand dunes (鳥取砂丘) are on the coast about 5km from the city. There's a viewing point on a hillside overlooking the dunes, along with a car park and the usual array of tourist schlock. The dunes stretch for over 10km along the coast and, at some points, can be about 2km wide. You can even get a 'Lawrence of Arabia' photo of yourself accompanied by a camel. There are maps and pamphlets at the Sand Pal Tottori Information Centre.
Loop buses run to the dunes area. Regular buses sail out to the dunes from Tottori Station (¥360, 20 minutes). The closest stop to the dunes is…