Japanese pears are round in appearance and have a crisp, refreshing taste. They are light green in colour with soft, moist flesh that naturally melts in the mouth.
The Tottori Inaba and Hyogo Tajima regions are rich in seafood such as snow crab, white squid, and Iwagaki oyster, and a variety of seafood dishes are available. Among them is the “oyagani-don,” a bowl of rice topped with a rich combination of crab meat, miso, and eggs from the crab’s stomach (sotoko) and inside the crab’s shell (uchiko). It is a well-known specialty available only during the crab fishing season.
PEAR-PICKING EXPERIENCE IN TOTTORI
Along the road near the Tottori Sand Dunes, there are many pear orchards, hence the name “Fukube Pear-Picking Road.” Visitors can experience pear-picking of various varieties, including Tottori’s signature 20th Century Pear, with its beautiful greenish-yellow skin, sweetness, and refreshing acidity, as well as new varieties created recently. Pear varieties vary depending on the orchard, so please inquire at each orchard.
Tottori Sand Dunes Rakkyo Field
At Fukube Sand Dunes, located in the southeastern part of Tottori Sand Dunes, rakkyo (Chinese onion) is cultivated on a vast farmland as large as 26 Tokyo Domes. Around late October, rakkyo flowers bloom, creating a carpet of red and purple like a lavender field all over the sand dunes they grew on. The vivid contrast of the colors of the dunes, the sea, and the rakkyo flowers makes the entire area a beautiful dight, and is known as a spectacular spot for photographs.
The “Isaribi” for white squid fishing
Tottori is known for its white squid fishing, and the lights of squid fishing boats, called “isaribi,” are a famous spectacle in the summer.
Tottori Sand Dunes – The Sand Museum
The Sand Museum, which opened on November 18, 2006, on the edge of the Tottori Sand Dunes, is the world’s first museum that specializes in exhibiting sculptures made of sand. The museum’s theme changes every year based on the core concept of “traveling around the world with sand,” and the exhibits, which are made entirely of sand and water, are broken down and returned to their original sand form after the exhibition period is over. We hope you will enjoy the charm of these sand sculptures, which are beautiful only because they do not last forever.
Tottori Sand Dunes
Tottori Sand Dunes (Tottori Sakyu) is a natural monument located in San’inkaigan National Park. Selected as one of the 100 best geological sites of Japan, 131 hectares within the park that offer an excellent view of the dunes have been designated as a special protection area. The Tottori Sand Dunes are composed of sand formed by the weathering of granite and other rocks in the Chugoku Mountains over a long and mind-boggling period of time. The dunes offer spectacular sights created by nature, such as the beautiful ripple-like patterns on the sand’s surface created by the wind, as well as the “sand curtains” caused by crumbling sand, reminiscent of bamboo blinds (sudare).
The pedigree management system for ‘Tajima beef’ has been registered in the Japanese agricultural heritage. 99.9% of the high-quality Japanese Black Beef have inheritance of the ‘Tajima beef’ pedigree. It makes it more special to taste the Tajima beef after learning about the history and story of its perseverance in harsh environments.