Introducing places of interest: San'inkaigan National Park
Jurisdiction of the Uradome Ranger Office
Tottori sand dunes
Constituting mountainous sand dunes and large cone-shaped formations resembling ant lion nests rising nearly 80 meters in height, the Tottori sand dunes represent the finest examples of coastal sand dunes in Japan and were formed when sedimentation that had flowed down from the Chugoku Mountains were transported here by the force of water and wind action over time. A mystic landscape of sand dunes comprises such strange phenomena as fumon, saren, and sachu patterns made on the sand by the wind.
Approximately sixteen different species of plants that thrive in a sandy environment—including Calystegia soldanella, Ixeris repens, and Aster arenarius—can be spotted here.
The Uradome Coast extends for approximately 15 kilometers from Otani, Iwami Town, Tottori Prefecture, to the Cape Kugami on the prefectural border between Tottori and Hyogo.
The highly transparent sea, an indented coastline, and various geological formations caused by wave erosion over time (such as wave-cut cliffs, caverns, cave mouths, and remote islands) can be seen here.
The beauty of such a landscape was extolled by author Toson Shimazaki, who declared that "Matsushima is Matsushima and Uradome is Uradome (Both Matsushima and Uradome have their respective beauty)."
Jurisdiction of the Takeno Ranger Office
[Takenohama and the Nekozaki
Takenohama is a sea-bathing beach famous since the Edo period for its white sand and shallow shores. Takenohama has been designated by the Ministry of the Environment as Best Bathing Areas 100 as well as Best Beach 100 in Japan. Its white sandy beach offers an exquisite contrast from a line of pine trees located further away from the water's edge and is a safe and comfortable sea-bathing area blessed with excellent water quality and few tidal currents.
Extending for approximately 50 kilometers from the Tsuiyama Coast in Toyo'oka City to the Igumi Coast in Hamasaka Town, the Tajima Coast marks the area where the Chugoku Mountains reach down to the Sea of Japan. Its deep indentations help define the distinctive topography of the San'in Coast. The erosion caused over time by the rough waves of the Sea of Japan have created numerous sea cliffs, cave openings, and caverns to significantly enhance the coastal beauty on display here.
Notable elements of the scenic landscape include Yoroi-no-sode ("sleeve of armor"), a nearly perpendicular sea cliff, and such sea caves as Tsurigane ("hanging bell") Cave Mouth and Kujaku ("peacock") Cave Mouth.
Regular fissures that formed when lava produced by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago cooled down and hardened are known as columnar joints. These beautiful columnar joints can be seen at Genbudo Cave. Five caves—namely, Genbudo, Seiryudo, Byakkodo, Minami-Suzakudo, and Kita-Suzakudo—occupy the former site of a basalt-mining quarry that was referred to in days of old as "Ishiyama."
Tango sand dunes
The Tango sand dunes are situated along a seacoast extending for approximately 7 kilometers from the mouth of the Kizu River in the town of Amino to the entrance of Kumihama Bay. Black pines, locust trees, and other species of flora grow further back from the water's edge. A sandbar known as Shotenkyo is situated by the entrance to Kumihama Bay. Unique sand dune vegetation can be seen on sand dunes that have formed in coastal areas.