Beach by day, camping by night, plus a shrine dedicated to one famous rabbit
With a dramatic coastline and lots to do, travelers to Tottori prefecture shouldn’t miss Hakuto Beach. The beach is a popular surf area, but it also provides a quiet and romantic sunrise viewing over the Sea of Japan.
While Tottori is well known for its impressive sand dunes, it’s also a hotspot for beaches and camping. The area is packed with fantastically rocky coast lines that provide a gorgeous beach experience in any season.
There are many beaches to chose from, but not all of them allow swimming. In that case, one of the best for swimming and great views is Hakuto.
According to Tottori Prefecture’s website, the western end of the beach has the sea cliffs of the Kawahara pyroclastic formations, as well as Ikigino island. Before setting foot on the sand, there are a few restaurants and a Lawson convenience store to grab beach supplies at.
This coastal area is also home to several places to stay, making it an ideal getaway vacation. However, if you’re looking for something more outdoorsy, there are also several beach camping grounds. At Hamasaka Kenmin Sun Beach Camping Ground, you can enjoy night fishing. And at Makidani Camping Ground, you can try a barbecue and see fireworks in summer.
A shine for a rabbit?
For those looking to infuse their beach experience with Japanese culture, the spot is historically famous because it holds the myth of the “white rabbit of Inaba.”
To learn more about this, visit the nearby Hakuto Shrine and accompanying pond and green space. But be aware that because of the shrine’s popularity as a tourist spot, it can get a little crowded.