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TOTTORI

Tottori (鳥取市 Tottori-shi) is the capital city of Tottori Prefecture in the Chūgoku region of Japan.

Within Japan the city is best known for its sand dunes which are a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from outside of the prefecture. It is the largest sand dunes in Japan, which cover over 30 square kilometers of coast to the north of the city center. The sand dunes are also important as a centre for research into arid agriculture, hosting Tottori University’s Arid Land Research Center. Most of Tottori is located in the western part of the San’in Kaigan Geopark.

Tottori City has been the regional seat of power since the era of warring states, and the ruins of the former castle can still be found at the northeastern edge of the city center. A variety of museums and Kannon-in Temple are also located around central Tottori.

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