Sea our area
Located on the Sea of Japan, the region boasts two of UNESCO’s world’s most beautiful bays, One of Japan’s Three Scenic Views, as well as the once-volcanic, UNESCO San’in Kaigan Global Geopark coastline.
- UNESCO San'in Kaigan Global Geopark
- The Tango Coast The San’in Kaigan Geopark runs through the prefectures of Kyoto, Hyogo, and Tottori. The Kyoto portion of the geopark is in Kyotango. It has a coastline shaped by volcanic act
- Shaga Forest (Ayabe)
- Kyoto by the Sea has many kinds of seas. And the Shaga Forest, from the end of March until mid-April, offers a spectacular yellow wave of oriental paper bush across the forest floor. And as soon as th
- Sacred Power Spot and Dragon Lantern Cedar
- The Three Moto-Ise Shrines and Mt. Himurogadake (Fukuchiyama) Though Japan is more than 60% forests, a majority of them have been explored. But there is one forested mountain in Fukuchiyama that ha
- Hiking Oeyama, home to demons
- The Oeyama mountains are home to the most notorious demons in Japanese mythology: Shuten-Doji. There is quite a lot of lore in Japan about the history of this demon which can be found in art museums t
OTHER THINGS TO DO
- Mt. Himurogadake (sacred power spot)
- Though Japan is more than 60% forests, a majority of them have been explored. But there is one forested mountain in Fukuchiyama that has not only remained unexplored since ancient times, it has been prohibited to set foot on the mountain. It’s called Mt. Himurogadake, and perhaps the reason why people have been hesitant to tread on it is because they believe it’s sacred. Some people refer to it as one of Japan’s pyramids (because of its nearly perfect triangular shape), and there are select few of these pyramids scattered throughout Japan that people believe date back over thousands of years. The pyramids were central to the Jomon people who used these megaliths to worship the sun. Among the pyramids of Japan, this one is quite special and was named the most beautiful by Sakai Katsutoki, pyramid researcher and author.
On the day of the summer solstice, the sun goes down over the highest point of the mountain. This coincidence is so incredible that many don’t believe that it is mere chance, and so the area is designated as a power spot. On the trail that passes in front of the mountain, a spiritual spot has been erected, and you can see the sun appear over the mountain and commune your energy with nature. If you are lucky enough to be in the area on the summer solstice, you are in for an unbelievably spiritual experience.
access: this power spot can be accessed via the Moto-Ise Naiku Kotai Shrine
address: 217 Naiku, Oe-cho, Fukuchiyama City
- Maizuru Hydrangea Park
- This expansive park is home to about 30,000 camellia trees and 100,000 hydrangea bushes. The park is on a hill overlooking the sea as well as the mountains, which makes the location great for picnics and viewing fall foliage.
There are times when strolling through the various blues, violets, pinks, and purples of the hydrangea, that it feels very much like wading through a sea of petals.
address: 24-12, Taneji, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto
hours: from March to September 9:00-17:00. from October to February 9:00-16:30
※last admission is 30 minutes before closing
cost: free of charge
※fee for camellia garden and hydrangea garden when in season
adults 300 yen, children 150 yen. (there are group discounts)
- Tateiwa (volcanic rock with folklore)
- Tateiwa is a rare geological formation made up of columnar basalt rock that also houses a legend. The Imperial Prince Maro trapped an oni (Japanese demon/ogre mythical being) within the boulder, and it is said that when the waves are high, one can hear the oni crying out. Tateiwa also presides over where the Takeno River opens up to the Japanese Sea. The formation of the beach around its base is ever-changing with the tides and river's swell. A footbridge that crosses the river offers a unique perspective of this basalt formation. The beaches on either side of the rock are another great way to take in this ancient scenery. A nearby roadside station offers local products. There is also camping, an onsen, and restaurants within walking distance.
address: Tangocho taiza, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto
- Sodeshi Rice Terraces
- For a country covered in rice fields, even citizens visit the Sodeshi rice terraces. They have been cut into the mountains that stretch along the sea and have been constructed in an array of alluvial fans and other shapes and overlook the emerald waters of the Japanese Sea. Many of these rice paddies are still planted by hand, and there are planting and harvesting festivals for visitors who want to try their hand at traditional Japanese agriculture. It may be hard to get any work done with such a distracting view. During harvest time, wooden drying racks are erected so the cut rice can dry in the autumn sun.
TEL: 090-5881-1634 (office)
address: 1376, Tango-cho, sodeshi, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto
access: by car: about 50 minutes from Amino train station
by bus: from the Tantestsu line's "Amino" station, take the Tankai bus and get off at "Sodeshi." From there its about a 10 minute walk.
- Yuhigaura "the Eternal Coast"
- Yuhigaura, translates to "sunset seashore," and received its name because of it's beautiful and vibrant sunsets that seem to have the power to soothe the hearts of visitors. It is also known as "the Eternal Coast" At sunset, the golden reflection of the sun turns the sea into a mirror, drenching the entire seashore in an orange glow. The "sunset path" is a walking path above the beach lined with benches for taking in the sunset.
"Yuhigaura Onsen" hot springs are famous for their beautifying waters
Yuhigaura Onsen details ⇒ http://www.yuukan.com/spa/
address: 46-3, Amino-cho, hamazume, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto
access: 10 minutes Tankai bus ride from Yuhigaura Onsen Station (Tantetsu Railway) 5 minute walk after getting off at "Sotoyu-Hanayumi"
- Hatchohama beach (and Seaside Park)
- This park was designed for leisure, plain and simple. It has sprawling lawns, kid-friendly playscapes, a workout circuit, nearby hiking trails, and dog-friendly conveniences. The only thing missing would be a picturesque ocean. Oh, it has that, too! Hatchohama is well-known by surfers from Osaka and neighboring cities. Even though cities like Osaka and Kobe are on the Pacific, surfers and beach goers make the two to three-hour trip to the Japanese Sea. Hatchohama has smooth waves, great swimming, fishing, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) as well.
address: 377-80, Aminochoasamogawa, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto
access: from Kyoto Tango Railway Amino station, take the Tankai bus, about 13 minutes. Get off at, "Hatchohama Seaside Park."
- Where is the most beautiful place in Japan? Well, Japan has narrowed it down to three. Japan's "Three Scenic Views" are comprised of Matsushima in Miyagi, Miyajima in Hiroshima, and Amanohashidate (here in Miyazu).
Amanohashidate is an iconic land bridge that straddles the Japanese Sea and Miyazu Bay. The land bridge itself has 5,700 pine trees of all different varieties with beaches on both sides spanning 3.6K. From one of the scenic overlooks, you can get a unique perspective of the scene by looking upside-down between your legs. The sea and bay reflect the sky and the pine forest turns into a winding green dragon crossing the heavens.
Along with being one of Japan's "Three Scenic Views," the bay is included among UNESCO's "world's most beautiful bays club." There are also charming small towns on both sides of the land bridge with shops and restaurants, a temple of wisdom and one that is part of the 33-temple pilgrimage route across western Japan.
TEL: 0772-22-8030 (Amanohashidate Tourism Association)
address: Monju, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto Amanohashidate park
hours: Amanohashidate is always open for walking
access: It is about 5 minutes on foot from Kyoto Tango railroad Amanohashidate Station. by car: from Miyazu Amanohashidate IC it's about 10 minutes
- Stand Up Paddleboarding at Yuhigaura (with onsen and dinner)
- Visit the land of the eternal sunset, Yuhigaura in Kyotango. This stretch of beach has calm waves, clear water, and a sunset strip to walk along the coast.
During the summer months, visitors will also get a chance to try SUP (stand-up paddleboarding) with an instructor. Learn the techniques for this relaxing, easy to enjoy activity, and catch the sunset right on the water. Afterwards soak in the natural hot springs and have a delicious dinner with fresh, local food.
season: mid-April through October
reservations: one week prior
time: 4:30pm (about three hours)
contact: call the Kyoto by the Sea DMO tour center for info (0772-68-5055)
tour provided by Kyotango 135°EAST, food provided by Yuhigaura Onsen's Hana Yuumi
address: Kyotango City, Amino-cho, Hamazume 756-3
cost: 7,999 yen (per person) 1-2 people
- Kotohiki Beach (kotohikihama)
- In Japan, there are so many beautiful beaches and picturesque coastlines. But Kotohiki beach (kotohikihama) in Kyotango (town of Amino) knows how to get your attention. The beach sand has a higher quartz content than most beaches in the world that causes it to ‘sing’ when you walk across it. This beach consistently ranks among the lists of Japan’s best beaches. It is over a mile long (nearly 2 km) and features a natural seaside hot spring, some camping, tidal pools, and a pine forest with walking paths. The waters are crystal clear and excellent for swimming, surfing, or staring out at the water at sunset.
address: Kakezu, Amino-cho, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto
access: from Kyoto Tango Railway Amino station, take the Tankai bus (about 11 minutes). Get off at, "Kotohikihama." and follow the road to the beach (15 minute walk).
This beach also has a large parking lot with bathroom and shower amenities, including vending machines for drinks.
- Fishing the Japanese Sea
- A Kyoto by the Sea fisherman will take you by boat to some of the best hidden spots for landing fish on the fertile Japanese Sea. The waters in this region are renowned throughout Japan for their excellent seafood, due in part to the clean waters, diverse ecosystem and geologic basin.
season：May - October
tour time: about 2 hours
reservation: 5 days in advance (contact Kyoto by the Sea DMO tour center 0772-68-5055)
4-6 people 5,000 yen per person (including tax)
3 people 6,000 yen per person (including tax)
2 people 7,000 yen per person (including tax)
children are half price
meeting place address: Hondo SuisanMiyazu City Ryoshi 1775-17
notes: fishing pole and lure rental 1,000 yen per set
*customer will pay for any damages or loses to rental equipment
- Amanohashidate Activity Center
- What are you hoping to do while at Amanohashidate, one of Japan's "Three Scenic Views," sitting on one of the world's most beautiful bays?
A bit of fishing? Sea kayaking? Stand-up-paddle boarding? Maybe you want to grab some fish or shellfish and see what fresh Japanese seafood tastes like smoked, sitting on a pine beach with sparkling water on both sides. Or perhaps you just want to wear a life jacket around town to be extra safe.
Amanohashidate Activity Center has got you covered, with instructors available to make even first timers feel comfortable out on the water, Even the first person can experience in peace.
...or if you just want to hit the streets in a flotation device.
address: 934-1, Nakano, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto
access: by car, 15 minutes from highway exit, Yosa Amanohashidate IC
parking: 1 minute walk from the facility.
- Oeyama Mountain Range
- This range runs through the Kyoto by the Sea region, with a few of the peaks offering sea views. The mountains can be accessed via the town of Yosano or Fukuchiyama City, both of which have parking lots at the base of the trails systems. The tallest peak, Senjogatake, is 832m high with a demon shrine and demon cave at it's base. This mountain range is home to one of the most famous oni (demon/ogre) legends in Japan, and as such, there is an Oni Museum at the base of the mountain road accessible on the Fukuchiyama side.
The Fukuchiyama Oni Museum is located next to the Green Lodge accommodations and restaurant. The hiking trail begins at Oeyama Ontake Inari Shrine.
From the Yosano side, there are two campgrounds that have hiking trails on the Oeyama mountain range, Ikeganaru Camping Ground, and Kayasobo Park.
- Nii Rice Terraces (Ine)
- The Nii rice terraces are an iconic feature of one of Japan's most famous towns, Ine. Ine is renowned for its funaya, or boat houses, that sit on one of UNESCO's "world's most beautiful bays." The terraces overlook the Japanese Sea. They are an incredible location for photo opps., especially in the spring when the rice fields are flooded. The rice is harvested in September/early fall and is a great time to visit and watch locals continuing the ancient tradition of rice farming, in a picturesque location.
- Sea of Clouds, fall (Fukuchiyama)
- The Oeyama mountain range is an amazing place to witness the rare phenomena called the "sea of clouds." Those who can rouse themselves early in the morning on a fall day can make their way up to Onidake "demon-peak" Inari Shrine and see the mist cover all but the tops of the surrounding mountains, making the area appear as if the mountains are floating high up in the sky. You will watch the sunrise, perhaps take with you a specially made bento-box breakfast from Green Lodge, accommodations at the base of the mountain road. After the sea settles in, visitors can take to the adjacent hiking trail that will bring you up to the highest peak of the Oeyama Range.
address: 〒620-0327 Fukuchiyama, Oeyama-cho, Kitahara
October 1st: sunrise 5:54am. sunset 5:44pm.
November 1st: sunrise 6:21am. sunset: 5:05pm)
- Tango Kingdom (Kyotango)
- Tango Kingdom offers so much to see and do that it rivals a theme park. For families, this place is a must see, as there is a small zoo, go-carts, bicycles, segue-rentals, horse riding, a huge grass slide, farm, shops, and seasonal activities like water slides and pools. On the lawn, the venue hosts concerts, dance performances, food festivals, craft beer festivals, and has even hosted a world class BMX exhibition, building a multi-story ramp in the center of the lawn. There are quite a few restaurants to choose from, and shops that sell all manner of local foods, drinks, and crafts. There is a hotel on the property. There are hiking trails with signs explaining the local flora and fauna nearby. There is a vineyard. And Tango Kingdom also brews their own beers; seven varieties in fact, three of which have won international awards for excellence.
If you are in Kyotango, it is definitely worth checking out what events Tango Kingdom is hosting while you are visiting. They are always well organized and entertaining.
If you come in the evening, you will be treated to paths and archways that are illuminated with more than 800,000 lights. Its a romantic place for a walk, and an equally fun evening excursion for families.
address: 123, Yasakacho tottori, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto
hours: December 1st to March 14th: (winter season)10:00-21:00
※Three days are 10:00-17:00 for New Year holidays
closed: On Tuesday (we do business on January 3)
- Kasamatsu Park
- This is one of the two overlooks perfect for viewing Amanohashidate, one of Japan's Three Scenic Views. The park is located half way between Motoise Kono Shrine and Nariaiji Temple, and is accessible via chairlift or cable car.
At the Kasamatsu Park, there is a gift shop, Ama Terrace Restaurant with excellent views of the Amanohashidate land bridge, as well as photo spots and places to view the land bridge upside down (by looking between your legs). This inverted view is famous and meant to look like a green dragon flying through the sky. From the park, visitors can also catch the mountain bus that runs between Kasamatsu Park and Nariaiji Temple (one of the 33 temples on Japan's western pilgrimage route).
address: 55 Ogaki, Miyazu, Kyoto 629-2242 (address is for cable car at the bottom of Kasamatsu Park
April, May, June, July 1st-19th: ８：００～１７：３０
July 20th～August 20th: ８：００～１８：００
August 21st-31st, September, October:８：００～１７：３０
adult round trip６６０ yen（one-way３３０yen）
child round trip３３０yen（one-way１７０yen）
from Amanohashidate Station:
25minutes by bus (get off at "Kasamatsu Cable")
12 minutes by sightseeing boat (Amanohashidate Sanbashi - Miya Sanbashi ) + 5 minute walk
by car: 15 minutes from Yosa Amanohashidate IC interchange