スミス英会話塚口校 鳥取砂丘への旅




Trip to Tottori Sand Dunes

Hi, it’s Derek from Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. Today, I will talk about a trip to Tottori Sand Dunes that I made in 2022. Let’s get started!

Trip to Mimasaka, Okayama

My Japanese wife is from Mimasaka, Okayama. During the Golden Week break, my family and I went to her parent’s house there. We don’t have a car in Tsukaguchi as we don’t need one thanks to the great public transportation system there. To get to Mimasaka, we took a Hankyu train from Hankyu Tsukaguchi Station to Osaka Umeda Station. Then we took a bus from JR Express Terminal to Mimasaka. This JR express bus is very convenient, cheap and I like the scenery from the bus on the way to Mimasaka.

Delicious Tendon

After arriving at my wife’s parent’s house, I enjoyed tendon which is rice topped with tempura (deep-fried vegetables, seafood or meat). I enjoyed choosing from a large variety of tempera and sauces which my mother-in-law had prepared. Yummy!

The Drive to Tottori Sand Dunes

The next day, my family, parents-in-law and I went to Tottori Sand Dunes located in Tottori Prefecture by car. The drive offered a pretty view of mountains and we drove through many tunnels to cross mountains! We eventually arrived at Tottori Sand Dunes.

Walking Barefoot

Tottori Sand Dunes was an amazing sight! Most people there wore some kind of footwear to walk on the sand but I chose to walk barefoot like my kids. The sand felt quite hot in some spots but I was able to bear it.

Upon reaching the top of a slope, we had a beautiful view of the Sea of Japan . Wow!


There was a steep slope on the other side of the hill. My family and I went down the slope to the seashore. My kids had a good time playing in the water. My daughter collected seashells for a necklace that she wanted to make for a friend. (^.^)

A Steep Climb

Next, we went back up the slope. It wasn’t easy because it was quite steep and we slid backwards with every step. But we managed to reach the top. My being fit certainly came in handy!

The Paraglider

I was surprised by the sight of a man paragliding there. Amazing!

He reminded me of Mark Smith, the founder of Smith’s School of English who is an experienced paraglider as you can see by clicking here.

After that, we walked back to our cars. Those of us who had walked barefoot stopped at a special foot washing area to wash the sand off our feet. (^.^)

Tottori Sand Dunes History

The Tottori Sand Dunes span about 16 kilometers of coast along the Sea of Japan and are up to 2 kilometers wide and 50 meters high. These sand dunes were created over thousands of years when sand from the nearby Sendai River was washed out to sea and was eventually redeposited along the coast by the ocean’s currents. Now, the movements of the tides and coastal winds constantly shape the sand dunes, providing an ever-changing landscape.

A Late Lunch

After we left Tottori Sand Dunes, we had a late lunch at a restaurant which sold seafood dishes. I enjoyed a delicious lunch of fried fish with tartar sauce, rice, sashimi (sliced raw fish), miso soup, etc. I like Japanese meals that are served on trays like this which have a nice variety of dishes to enjoy together.


After having lunch, we went back to my wife’s parent’s house. What a wonderful day we’d had with nice scenery, lots of sun, great exercise and nice food!

Back to Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki and Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi

The following day, I went back to Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki which is both my home and the location of Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. I enjoy teaching English in Tsukaguchi, but it’s nice to go on a short trip sometimes, see something new and refresh myself. Smith’s holidays like the Smith’s Golden Week holiday allows me to do that. Thank you, Smith’s Head Office!

Omiyage for My Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi Students

It was nice seeing my students of English again after the Smith’s Golden Week holiday. I enjoyed telling them about my trip and asking them what they had done during Golden Week. I offered them some sweets that I had bought for them as omiyage (souvenirs) in Okayama and Tottori Prefectures. My students of English often give me omiyage, so I am happy to give them something back. (^.^)

Thank you for reading!

































スミス英会話塚口校 デレック