Guides available in the Geopark

In the San’in Kaigan Geopark, Geopark guides and staff members of related facilities will guide you around the Geopark. They have a great deal of knowledge of the must-see spots in the Geopark, and the relationship between such spots and the Geopark. You can also ask for information on good restaurants in the area!
 

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Tottori Prefecture Sand Dunes Office/
Tottori Area(Tottori Sand Dunes)

◆Comment from the Guide

Tottori Dunes Rangers patrol the dunes 365 days a year to allow all visitors to enjoy the spectacular views of the dunes while following the rules. They can also provide you with the latest information on the Tottori Sand Dunes, which show different aspects each day. If you see the rangers, don’t hesitate to ask them a question!

 

【Guide group address】 2164-661 Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture, 689-0105
(cf. The Natural Parks Foundation, Tottori Branch)
【Guiding spots】

The Tottori Dunes

【Guided Tour Details】

– Services offered to individual tourists
If you see rangers patrolling the sand dunes, please speak to them. They will explain to you the mysterious facts and must-see spots of the sand dunes. *No booking required.

– Foreign language (English) speaking guides
* Foreign language speaking guides are not always available due to their working schedule. Please contact us in advance.

Required time

 

Fees

Free

Hours 9:00-16:00
Last acceptance time

 

Reservation

 

Reserve no later than  
Guides not available

No holidays

Name of the group

Tottori Prefecture Sand Dunes Office

Phone number 0857-22-0582
Fax number  
E-mail  
Others (Website) http://www.pref.tottori.lg.jp/dd.aspx?menuid=100183

 

*The above information is correct as of the beginning of June 2014. Please confirm the details before you make a reservation.

 

 

Society for Tottori Sightseeing Guides/Tottori Area(Tottori Sand Dunes)

◆Comment from the Guide [Certified guides] Type I guides: 2

We are a group of guides brimming with curiosity and love for history and the sand dunes. We enjoy our work as guides and hope that our guided tour will cause visitors to love Tottori even more and want to return here someday in the future! Come and visit Tottori!

 

【Guide group address】 Suehiroonsen-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture
(Tottori Convention and Tourism Association office)
【Guiding spots】

Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Castle remains (Guides’ office: "Kinanseya")

【Guided Tour Details】

(1) Tottori Castle, selected as one of Japan’s 100 Greatest Castles
– You can find evidence of the geological movement of the earth in the mountain. You can learn the history of samurai in the stone walls of Tottori Castle. There is also "Jinfukaku," a French Renaissance-style residence (designated as a national important cultural property), located at the foot of the mountain.

(2) Strolling around the town and finding good restaurants
– You can find lingering remnants of the castle town as it was in the past. Communicate with local people, and savor typical Tottori meals.

(3) Experience light and shadow by walking in the sand dunes.
– Experience the true sand dunes, a masterpiece of sand art created by the power of nature. We will also introduce the rare plants that grow only in the sand dunes.

(4) We can arrange special courses on your request.
For example:
– Tottori Toshogu Shrine
– Tottori Castle remains
– Tottori Sand Dunes
– Enjoying the view of shallot flowers grown in the sand dunes (only in the flower season)
– Enjoying the sand dunes, mountains and the sea from the top of the castle hill (Remains of "Taikoganaru," the site of the headquarters of the army of Hideyoshi Toyotomi) (Please note that the guides can only provide you with explanations. They will not assist you in climbing the hill. Please climb the hill by yourself.)
– Strolling around the town and enjoying good restaurants

Required time

30-120 min.

Fees

One hour for a group of up to 10 people: 1,000 yen
One hour for a group of up to 20 people: 2,000 yen
One hour for a group of up to 30 people: 3,000 yen
One hour for a group of up to 40 people: 4,000 yen
For a larger group, please contact us in advance. For guided tours of the castle ruins or Jinfukaku, please visit us at "Kinanseya" on the day of the tour. Free of charge.
(Last admission to Jinfukaku is at 16:30; it closes at 17:00. Admission fee required.)

Hours 10:00-17:00 (Opening hours of "Kinanseya": 10:00-15:00)
Last acceptance time

 

Reservation

Required (by phone or via website)

Reserve no later than One week in advance
Guides not available

No holidays ("Kinanseya" closes on Mondays, Thursdays, and the day after public holidays)

Name of the group

Tottori Convention and Tourism Association

Phone number 0857-26-0756
Fax number 0857-29-1000
E-mail  
Others (Website) http://www.torican.jp/tourguide/shigaichi

 

*The above information is correct as of the beginning of June 2014. Please confirm the details before you make a reservation.

 

 

Tottori Sand Dunes Geopark Center/Tottori Area(Tottori Sand Dunes)

◆Comment from the Guide [Certified guides] Type I guides: 4, Type II guide: 1

The Tottori Dunes have a rich, romantic history. Here you can enjoy the spectacular landscape, rare animals and plants, volcanic ashes, spring water, and beautiful patterns created by the sand. You can enjoy observing the Tottori Sand Dunes change in shape daily, annually, and even over decades. We hope to see you in the sand dunes!

 

【Guide group address】 2164-661 Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture 689-0105
【Guiding spots】

Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori Sand Dunes Geopark Center (Explanation on the exhibits)

【Guided Tour Details】

Geopark Center
(1) You can attend an experiment session using a wind tunnel to see how the wind creates patterns on the sand.
(2) We will explain using power point slides how the sand dunes were formed and introduce plants and insects found in the sand dunes.

In the Sand Dunes
Tour route: Oigo Suribachi –> plant community –> site where volcanic ash is exposed –> Umanose
On this route, you can come to realize the charms of the sand dunes with all of your five senses. The length of the guided tours will be decided upon discussion between the visitors and the guide.

Required time

60-90 min.

Fees

Event guides:
Charged (500 yen per person)
Various events are held irregularly on weekends. Please ask us for details.

Tottori Dunes (Outdoor) guides:
Charged (5,000 yen per guide for a group of up to 20 people)

Tottori Sand Dunes Geopark Center (Indoor) guides:
Free

Hours 10:00-17:30
Last acceptance time

17:00

Reservation

Required (by phone)

Reserve no later than One day in advance
Guides not available

No holidays

Name of the group

Tottori Sand Dunes Geopark Center (or the Natural Parks Federation, Tottori Branch)

Phone number 0857-22-0021
Fax number 0857-27-9580
E-mail sakygeo@gmail.com
Others (Website) http://www.bes.or.jp/tottori/blog/

 

*The above information is correct as of the beginning of June 2014. Please confirm the details before you make a reservation.

 

 

NPO Tottori Tourism Guide Center/Tottori Area(Tottori Sand Dunes)

◆Comment from the Guide [Certified guides] Type I guides:4, Type II guide: 1

We hope, as guides, to provide visitors with opportunities to observe the lives of insects, plants, and animals living in the unusual environment of the Tottori Sand Dunes and enjoy its desert-like landscape. In the Mt. Kyushozan area, we can show you around the Tottori Castle remains, explaining the important remnants of the castle against the historical background of Hashiba Hideyoshi’s attacks on Tottori Castle.

 

【Guide group address】 47-17 Okui, Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture, 680-0851
【Guiding spots】

Tottori Sand Dunes, Taikoganaru (Taiko’s field) at the Tottori Castle remains

【Guided Tour Details】

Sand Dunes tours
(1) "My" Course (Regular course held only on weekends and public holidays)
(2) "Caravan" course (You can cross the Tottori Sand Dunes)
(3) "Camel" course (Exploring the charms of the sand dunes)

Hideyoshi’s conquest of the Chugoku region: a study of "the mountain castle of soldiers"
(4) Course to explore the structure of Tottori Castle
(5) Course to visit Tottori Castle and the site of Hideyoshi’s Headquarters

(6) Geopark Tour

Required time

(1)100 min. (2)120 min. (3)60 min. (4)180 min. (5)270 min. (5)5.5 hrs.

Fees

(1)(2)(4) 500 yen for per person, (3)250 yen per person, (5)700 yen per person, (6)1,000 yen per person
(All the above fees are per person.)

Hours 9:00-17:00
Last acceptance time

 

Reservation

No booking is required for "My" course. For the other courses, please make a reservation.

Reserve no later than Two weeks in advance
Guides not available

(1)(2) Early Dec.-Early Mar. (3) No holidays (4) Jan.-Feb. (5) Jan.-Feb., May-Oct.

Name of the group

NPO Tottori Tourism Guide Center

Phone number 0857-22-4878
Fax number 0857-22-4880
E-mail center@tori-guide.com
Others (Website) http://www.tori-guide.com

 

*The above information is correct as of the beginning of June 2014. Please confirm the details before you make a reservation.