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After Hiroshima we took the train to Tottori Japan. This was our first venture into a rural area and the topography was quite different. Towns in the valleys surrounded by very steep hills.

By now we were getting the hang of train travel. It is important to know that in Japan trains are on time and there are frequent trains between destinations. When a train stops at a station the announcement is that “we will be making a brief stop” and by brief they mean around 60 seconds. When the arrival is announced everyone gathers their belongings and lines up at the exit door. Any delay and you missed your stop. The folks waiting to get on the train are also lined up on the platform. As soon as everyone exits the train those departing board the train and it leaves the station.

The reason for taking the train to Tottori was to visit the Tottori Sand Museum. We had been watching the CBS Sunday Morning program one day when they had a piece on the Sand Museum and thought it would be worth seeing.

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Justin was sweating a bit when we arrived in Tottori. It was his job to make a hotel reservation. He thought he made the reservation but didn’t seem to have a conformation. To make matters worse there were two hotels with the same name in town and he couldn’t remember which one he might have made a reservation at. He was very relieved to find that the first hotel we stopped at had a reservation for us.

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After checking our bags at the hotel we caught a bus out to the Tottori Sand Dunes. This is where the Sand Museum is located. It looked like rain so we decided to take in the sand dunes first. They were quite a sight in themselves.

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Linda and Justin

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We then headed over to the Sand Museum. It was even more spectacular than I had envisioned. It was just filled with remarkable sand carvings. They use a special sand that allows it to hold together when it is dry. The theme for the exhibit changes each year and the theme this year was Germany. Sand sculptors from all over the world participated in the carving including several from the U.S.

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More photos from our visit to Japan can be found on my website.

 

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