After gazing upon the sprawling skyscrapers of Tokyo from the observation floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building in Shinjuku, have some fun with sand dune art and activities in Tottori Prefecture, home of the largest sand dunes in Japan which can be visited by tourists. There is still much of Japan that you have yet to discover!

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Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building Observation Decksmore


Take in sweeping views of the city of Tokyo from 202m above ground level.
To access the observatories, take the Observatory Elevator, which climbs directly to the 45th floor, at an elevation of 202 m above ground level, in 55 seconds. In the observatories, visitors can not only enjoy breathtaking views, but also meals in the cafes and restaurants there.

Toei Subway Oedo Line
Tocho-mae → Tsukishima
About 27 minutes / 270 yen


A dish that represents the Shitamachi area of Tokyo would have to be monja-yaki! Monja-yaki was originally served by small-time candy stores and street stalls in Asakusa-Shitamachi. As the name suggests, it was apparently made originally by roasting the dough in the shape of characters. This evolved to become the modern-day monja-yaki. It was originally eaten at small-time candy stores as a snack by children. Today, Tsukishima Monja Street is the best place to visit for those who want to try monja-yaki in Tokyo. They are available in a wide range of varieties. First-time diners need not worry, because the waiters can roast the monja-yaki for you, and show you how to eat it. Come and enjoy a lighthearted meal and the taste of Tokyo Shitamachi that has remained unchanged since the old days.

Toei Subway Oedo Line
Tsukishima → Shinjuku
About 25 minutes / 270 yen
Keio Line Special Express
Shinjuku → Chofu
About 14 minutes / 240 yen

Keio Bus 34 bound for Jindai-ji
North Exit of Keio Chofu Station → final stop of Jindai-ji
About 15 minutes / 210 yen
About 1 minute on foot

Jindai-ji Templemore

Jindai-ji Temple is the only temple in Tokyo to house a Buddhist statue that is a national treasure as of 2017. This work is called the bronze seated Shaka Nyorai statue (Hakuho Buddha).
The neighborhood is frequented by many families on the weekend who come to enjoy the temple's natural surroundings and the famous Jindai-ji temple soba noodles.
The area is also popular among Tokyoites as a leisure stop for walks because of the nearby Jindai Botanical Garden, which opened in 1961.

Keio Bus 34 from the North Exit of Chofu Station
Jindai-ji → Chofueki kitaguchi
About 15 minutes / 210 yen

Keio line bound for Shinjuku
Chofu → Shinjuku
About 15 minutes / 240 yen
About 9 minutes on foot after getting off at the station

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Haneda Airport

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Yonago Kitaro Airportmore

The Yonago Kitaro Airport is the center of access to the San'in area and is located nearby many tourist spots, such as Mt. Daisen, the tallest peak in the Chugoku area, Kaike Onsen, known for having the most volume of hot spring water in San'in, and also the Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato, where you can encounter supernatural monsters called "yokai." In 2010, to make use of the nationwide recognition of Mizuki Shigeru's (one of Japan's premiere manga artists and native of Sakaiminato City) popular "GeGeGe no Kitaro" manga, the airport was given the nickname "Yonago Kitaro Airport". Including the main character, Kitaro, many yokai-related objects and even panes of stained glass were installed. The airport is a fully equipped "station of the skies," where visitors can explore the world of yokai, while browsing the shops with a lineup of local specialties and grabbing a bite to eat in the restaurant with a view of the runway.

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Mizuki Shigeru Road and Mizuki Shigeru Museummore

The Mizuki Shigeru Road is a popular tourist spot located in Sakaiminato City, the home town of the manga artist Mizuki Shigeru. Along the 800-meter road stretching from Sakaiminato Station to the Honmachi Arcade, there are many places in the city for humans to meet "yokai" (supernatural monsters), such as the 174 bronze "yokai" statues erected along the road, the "Kappa Spring," the "Yokai Shrine" where you can draw a yokai fortune slip, and a "Yokai Mailbox" where mail stamped with yokai postmarks are delivered. The Mizuki Shigeru Museum located on this road exhibits numerous works and many articles from the worldly collection of Mizuki Shigeru, who, in addition to being a manga artist, is a yokai researcher and adventurer. The illustration and signature drawn by Mizuki Shigeru himself when he visited the museum can't be missed.

Take the Kaike Line scheduled bus from Yonago Station to Kaike Onsen
about 20 minutes from Yonago Station
290 yen

Bayside Square Kaike Hotel


Bayside Square Kaike Hotel

Take the Hinomaru Bus Agei/Misasa Line
JR Kurayoshi Station to Mitokusan Sando Iriguchi
about 35 minutes / 690 yen

Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Templemore

Mitokusan Sanbutsuji Temple is a mountain temple on the premises of 900-meter high Mt. Mitoku. The rear temple, called "Nageire-do," is a designated National Treasure and is a rare structure built into a depression on a sheer vertical cliff face. It's unclear when exactly Nageire-do was built, but legend has it that the structure was thrown up ("nageire" in Japanese) from the level ground through the spiritual power of En no Ozuno, the founder of the mountain asceticism-shamanism tradition Shugendo.
While it's necessary to climb a difficult mountain path in order to see Nageire-do up close, there is an observation point located on a road at the mountain base where it can be seen. In addition, Mt. Mitoku and Misasa Onsen were designated as Japan Heritage sites on April 24, 2015 as "Places of purification of the six roots of perception and healing of the six senses - Japan's most dangerous national treasure and one of the world's finest radon hot springs."

15 minutes




Uradome Beachmore

Uradome Beach is one part of the San'in Kaigan Geopark and is a 15km stretch of zigzagging ria coastline near Iwami Town that runs east-to-west from the Kugami Cape in the most northeast side of Tottori Prefecture all the way to Mt. Shichiyama. The rough sight of the cliffs, precipices, caves, and strangely-shaped rocks formed by erosion from the rough waves of the Sea of Japan and snowstorms, contrasts beautifully with the pristine sea water and the gentle shoreline of calm coastal white sands and green pine trees surrounded by the cape. Here, visitors can take in the charms of Uradome Beach by boarding a pleasure boat service that runs tours of the islands. There are also many marine sports available, such as sea kayaking and snorkeling.

About 15 minutes by taxi (2,000 yen / 10km)

The Tottori Sand Dunes and The Sand Museummore


The Tottori Sand Dunes are located in an area of the San'in Kaigan Geopark and are Japan's largest sand dunes, stretching 2.4km south-to-north and 16km east-to-west. The wind-wrought patterns on the sand created by winds from the Sea of Japan are very beautiful and charm the hearts of all who see them. In one corner of the Tottori Sand Dunes is the world's first Sand Museum dedicated to exhibiting sculptures made of sand. The basic concept of The Sand Museum is "World Tour on Sand," with their theme changing every year. The world's top sand sculptors create intricate works with powerful presence here.

About 15 minutes by taxi (2,000 yen / 9km)

Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airportmore

Tottori Airport was given the nickname "Tottori Sand Dunes Conan Airport" on March 1, 2015 to make use of the national recognition of Tottori Prefecture's symbolic tourist spot, the Tottori Sand Dunes, and of the manga artist Gosho Aoyama, who authored the manga Case Closed (Detective Conan) and is a native of Hokuei Town in Tottori. This airport functions as a "station of the skies" with many fun attractions such as Detective Conan-themed decorations in many places and riddle-solving events (Sat., Sun., and holidays only) held in the airport. This airport is fun as a tourist spot, not just for air travelers, but for all guests.

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