Sarugamori Sand Dunes

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Sarugamori Sand Dunes
Sarugamori Sand Dunes is located in Japan
Sarugamori Sand Dunes
Sarugamori Sand Dunes
Location of Sarugamori Sand Dunes

The Sarugamori Sand Dunes (猿ヶ森砂丘 Sarugamori Sakyū?) is a large area of sand dunes located to the east of the village of Higashidōri in north eastern Aomori Prefecture, facing the Pacific Ocean. They are also known as the Shimokita Sand Dunes (下北砂丘 Shimokita Sakyū?) because of its location on Shimokita Peninsula. Measuring approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) long by 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) to 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) wide, the dunes are also Japan's largest area of singing sand.

Behind the sand dune lie ponds and marshes forming an important wildlife habitat.[1]

A large portion of the sand dunes are used for military training by Japan's Ministry of Defense, and generally off-limits to tourists.

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41°17′59″N 141°25′06″E / 41.2997895°N 141.4182775°E / 41.2997895; 141.4182775Coordinates: 41°17′59″N 141°25′06″E / 41.2997895°N 141.4182775°E / 41.2997895; 141.4182775