About San’in Kaigan Geopark The San’in Kaigan Geopark,
Valuable Heritage of the Earth’s Activities
International Importance
Rich Ecosystem Cultures and Lifestyles Brought
About by Unique Geomorphological
and Geological Features
San’in Kaigan Geopark
Governing Structure

The San’in Kaigan Geopark, Valuable Heritage of the Earth’s Activities

Offering opportunities to observe valuable and beautiful geological formations and conditions, such as various rocks and geological strata, varied coastal forms, and waterfalls and valleys, the San’in Kaigan Geopark can be called the “heritage of the earth’s activities.”

The Geopark has the following six geomorphological and geological features.

◆Geomorphological and geological features
(1)Various rocks and strata related to the formation of the Japan Sea
(2)Varied coastal forms along the Japan Sea coast
(3)Volcanic activity that continued even after the formation of the Japan Sea
(4)Location where it was discovered that geomagnetic reversal occurred in the Quaternary era
   (Basalt rock at Genbudo Cave)
(5)Abundant hot spring resources associated with igneous activity
(6)Active faults and coastal terraces found along the coast of the Japan Sea which indicate Quaternary crustal movement

◆Dunes, sandbars
Tottori Sand Dunes, Shotenkyo Sandbar, Kotohikihama Beach, etc.
◆Coastal cliffs, coastal plateaus
Kasumi Coast, Tajima Mihonoura Coast, Uradome Coast, etc.
◆Rock caves, marine caves
Yodono Domon Rock Cave, Nihon Domon Rock Cave, etc.
   
Tottori Sand Dunes   Kasumi Coast   Yodono Domon Rock Cave

 

◆Coast terraces
Sodeshi, Fudeshi, Tango Matsushima, Kyogamisaki, etc.
◆Volcanoes
Kannabe Volcano Group
◆Geological strata
Nekozaki Peninsula, Matsugasaki Hyakusogai Cliffs, etc.
   
Fudeshi   Kannabe Volcano   Matsugasaki Hyakusogai Cliffs

 

◆Joints
Tateiwa Rock, Genbudo Cave, Yoroinosode Cliffs, etc.
◆Faults
Gomura Fault, Shikano Fault, etc.
◆Waterfalls
Saruotaki Waterfall, Amedaki Waterfall, Yoshitaki Waterfall, etc.
   
Tateiwa Rock

 

 

Gomura Fault   Saruotaki Waterfall