Japanese inns in the area promise an unrivaled level of omotenashi, or Japanese hospitality. Combined with cuisine featuring local seafood and produce, naturally occurring hot springs, and breathtaking scenery, the inns in Kyoto by the Sea are sure to check off every box on the wish list of the ideal Japanese stay.
- Nachisan Shorekiji Temple
- A visit to Japan can be transformative, both in mind and body. Nachisan Shorekiji is a sacred place to either spend the day or rest for the night, as it is one of the few temples offering temple stays
- Ine Bay
- Ine Bay is famous for boat houses, known as the Ine funaya across the world, and they have become one of Japan’s landmark spots. Ine Bay is lined with 230 funaya dating back to the early 1800s. Tradit
- There are a number of beautiful old farmhouses in the Japanese countryside that will give you a glimpse into a life that not all Japanese people are ready to leave behind. While the cities draw a hug
OTHER THINGS TO DO
- Driving Tour along Northern Kansai's Japanese Sea
- Toyooka DMO, Kyoto by the Sea DMO, and Wakasa Tourism Federation are coordinating to bring visitors the best of the Japanese Sea featuring a variety of rent-a-car plans covering 4 nights and 5 days. ORIX rent-a-car, located nationwide provides convenience and ease of use, with a wide selection of makes and models to choose from.
These breathtaking tours are being offered through AYABEX DMC, a locally based company that provides high-quality service throughout Japan.
There are 4 unique plans to choose from:
1) Northern Kansai Highlights
2) The Photogenic Coast
4) Luxury tour
All of these tours are 4 nights, 5 days. Pricing includes car rentals and accommodations.
Add on unique experiences and local guides to get truly immersed in these beautiful locations.
- Chitose, blending European and Japanese architecture
- Chitose is a stylish Japanese inn located right on Amanohashidate's main street. There is an onsen on the property for guests only and a massive wine collection (multiple wine cellars and a 45 page wine list). The design is Japanese-European and the rooms blend traditional Japanese architecture with European aesthetics.
The inn is a short walk from Amanohashidate train station and the rooms have views of the natural pine-forested land bridge framed by bays. Two meals are included with the stay, and there are options for cheese and wine pairings as well.
address: 626-0001 Kyoto-fu, Miyazu city, Monju 472
cost: typical night stay ranges from 17,000-26,500 yen per person (two meals)
- Ayabe Onsen, hot springs in the forest
- Nestled in the mountains and surrounded by forest, Ayabe onsen is the place to reconnect with nature. These hot springs feature a variety of bathing experiences: a large bath, a medicinal bath, an open-air bath, and a sauna. The healing waters are a natural remedy to all kinds of ailments. Soak. Rejuvenate. Leave completely cleansed. The facility includes accommodations, a restaurant, local products, and recreational grounds, so you don’t really have to leave.
address zainomukai-10 Mutsuyoricho, Ayabe-shi
hours:10:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. (reception desk closes at 8:30 p.m.)
closed: closed the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month (or the following day when Monday falls on a holiday)
access: [bus] Take the Uebayashi bus Line from JR Ayabe Station and get off at okenshiyasesen "Ayabe Onsen."
[car] Turn right onto Route 27 "Yamaga" intersection (from Kyoto) and head north. Turn left onto the road with Aya bus "Shimoichiba bus stop" and continue to the onsen.
- Ukawa Onsen, hot springs on the Sea
- Ukawa Onsen (also called Yoshino no Sato) sits on a hill overlooking the Japanese Sea, with baths separated by sex that oppositely face the sea or bamboo forest. The sides change daily so both men and women have a chance to find their favorite side. The baths are open to the public but guests spending the night at the inn have special hours that extend past close and open early in the morning.
The onsen has accommodations perfect for couples, families, or even groups. With two restaurants on-site, and activities such as bicycle rentals, lavender picking, an activity room, and reading nook, you could easily spend an entire weekend here. Pristine beaches are only a 10 minute walk away or 2-5 minute drive.
There is also a gift shop that sells local products like sake, fresh-grown produce, drinks, snacks, and souvenirs.
address: Kyotango city, Tango-cho, Ukawa, Kyuso 1562
hours: 11:00am- 9:00pm (admission stops at 8:30 pm)
closed: thursdays and national holidays
- Cafe & BB guri, charming and modern
- Cafe & BB guri is a stylish Japanese bed and breakfast in the charming fishing village of Ine. This accommodation is spacious and the proprietor speaks very good English. This location sits across the street from the iconic Ine Bay, one of UNESCO's "world's most beautiful bays."
(from CAFE & BB guri's website)
Always calm and blue
Morning broadcasts of the fish that were caught that day
Cats waiting to steal the fish hanging to dry
Mountain ranges peeking through the gaps of the boathouses
While experiencing daily life in Ine
Enjoy a luxurious and relaxing stay
“Guri” means reef
Like fish gathering at a reef in the ocean
Small bed and breakfast (2F) and small café and shop (1F)
Aiming to be a place where travelers and locals can gather easily
(from CAFE & BB guri's website)
A modern and calm space renovated from a 66-year old private house,
a Swedish-made premium bed, extensive amenities, sophisticated yukata robes, and delicious regional dishes (optional breakfast)
Please enjoy relaxing in your private, luxurious room.
closed: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday
*Smoking is prohibited, no pets.
*No lunch, only sweets and drink service.
Information can be easily accessed on their website in English, including breakfast menus for overnight guests.
*CAFE & BB guri notes that the accommodation is not a boathouse.
- Northfront Hostel, a western-style retreat
- Northfront Hostel is a cozy accommodation only a 1-2 minute walk from Fukuchiyama Station (one of the main hubs of Kyoto by the Sea area (with rent-a-car centers)). The hostel is also 1.2km away from Fukuchiyama Castle, a short walk from Goryo Shrine, and very close to a number of really good restaurants.
This guest house has 14 rooms each air-conditioned and with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. And all rooms in the guest house are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer.
address: 620-0054 Kyoto, Fukuchiyama, Suehirocho 1-14, Japan
Air-conditioned rooms with TVs, fridges and hairdryers
Amenities include a shared microwave
Guests have good things to say about the accommodation for the overall comfort and low noise level
This accommodation can easily be booked via internet booking sites.
- Guest House Saikaan, a preserved historic house
- Guest House Saikaan is as conveniently located as it is charming. Guests stay in a renovated house that's over 100 years old, with traditional earthen walls, unique garden features and walkways, along with beautiful decor. The atmosphere is incredibly cozy, and one of the reasons for this is the very friendly proprietors. They also speak English and can answer questions or offer recommendations about the area. They also offer bicycle rentals, which is a great way to see the area!
This guest house is very easy to reserve via most internet booking sites
address: 69 Hiranoya, Maizuru 624-0927, Kyoto Prefecture
This accommodation can also be paired with a unique town tour:
- Holiday Home, cottages in nature
- Holiday Home is tucked away in a woodland peninsula on Kumihama Bay in Kyotango. The property has a few private cottages as well as a restaurant and beautiful gardens. This is an excellent place for a romantic getaway and the privacy is matched by the serene setting and harmony with nature. There are beaches where you can swim nearby. There is also a sake brewery that does tastings at the nearest train station.
Kyotango is full of fresh seafood and produce. The restaurant serves cuisine made with local seafood vegetables. The restaurant has large glass windows, creating a relaxing harmony with the surround forest grove, flower beds, and gardens.
An elegant restaurant specializing in hand-made soba is also on the facility's premises.
address: 2575 Koiso, Kumihamacho, Kyotango
*There is a free transfer service for hotel guests coming from the closest stations.
*The closest station is Kabutoyama Station, but transfer service is also available from Kumihama Station for guests who are taking a train that does not stop at Kabutoyama Station.
- Monjuso Shourotei, architectural elegance
- Shourotei is the quintessential Japanese ryokan, complete with everything you could ever hope for in a stay in Japan. First off, the property is spacious and shares a peninsula with Chionji Temple (temple of wisdom), both of which overlook Amanohashidate, one of Japan's Three Scenic Views. The inn was built in the spirit of the traditional Japanese tea houses, and has an impeccable architectural design. The details of the building are amazing. There are the tree bark roofs, the guest rooms with private tea spaces, natural hot springs, Japanese gardens integrated into every view, and even wooden phones. The stay is a glimpse into another world, with hospitality refined to perfection.
address: Monjudoumisaki, Amanohashidate Miyazu-shi, KYOTO 626-0001
Check out Shourotei's English website for more info.
- Ine Funaya Kura, boat house stay
- Staying in a boat house on the sea is a rare opportunity, especially considering the Japan Heritage area of Ine has 230 boat houses, yet only a few that have been converted into accommodations. Kura is a beautiful boat house right on Ine Bay (one of UNESCO's world's most beautiful bays). The architecture features exposed beams and a lot of natural wood. A night's stay can be paired with two meals, which is highly recommended because Ine is still an active fishing village. Kura serves a variety of local seafood and locally grown produce, all of which are fresh daily. At the end of the day, watch the sunset as you soak in the old-earthenware tub, filled with natural onsen (hot spring) water.
TEL: 0772-32-0815 (Japanese)
For inquiries in English, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
address: 863-1 Kameshima, Ine, Yoza-gun, Kyoto 626-0424
Check out Kura's English website for more information and reservations:
Or check out the following link for summarized details regarding a stay at Kura.
- Kaya Yamanoie, mountain house
- Kaya Yamanoie sits alone on a small mountain road on the way to the Oeyama mountain range. From the windows, you will look out over the valley below. And at an elevation of 158m, you will have the forest breeze, bird songs, and quiet as your companions. The location is excellent for hiking and trekking, as the house is not far from the trail head to the mountain range. But it's also a location where you can experience all manner of slow living. The town of Yosano is famous for its 300 year tradition of Tango chirimen textured silk, and the area produces 60 percent of the silk used in Japan's top quality kimono. The town also has a street that has been preserved with historical buildings and a tour of a prominent silk merchant's residence is also possible. A walk through this town will transport you back through time. Complement a stroll through this iconic town with a kimono rental & tour made from the highest quality chirimen silk.
Kaya Yamanoie also offers a quartet of experiences: guided hikes, succulent planting, pottery making, and wood stove-pot rice cooking.
An overnight stay here can include two home-cooked meals that use local ingredients and seafood.
address: 629-2413, Kyoto, Yoza, Yosano, Atsue 1401
price: 4,000 yen (per night per person)
5,000 yen (per night per person, includes breakfast)
7,500 yen (per night per person, includes breakfast and dinner)
Check out their website for more information
Feel free to contact Kyoto by the Sea DMO for information/reservations
*This accommodation can also be reserved through booking.com (link on Yamanoie's website)
Info on the "Real Kimono Experience" can be found here:
- Kagiya Inn, boat house stay
- Complete your visit to Ine with an overnight stay at Kagiya. This Inn is a renovated boat house that sits right on the waters of Ine Bay (part of UNESCO's "world's most beautiful bays club"). A typical stay includes half board, replete with local seafood and produce that changes with the seasons. The boat house itself is two floors. The first floor is for dining and has a private walk out to the water. The second floor has two rooms, a living room and a tatami bedroom. The architecture of the boat house has been preserved, while adding modern amenities and a clean atmosphere. The inn offers complementary yukata that you can wear while dining as well. The proprietors of the establishment live conveniently across the street and are happy to answer any questions about the town as well as offer recommendations of things to do and see while in Ine.
The owners of the inn own their own sea taxi, and visitors can be taken on a tour of the bay and picturesque boat houses that line the bay.
The inn is very popular and it is recommended that visitors book up to three months in advance depending on the season.
for a list of Ine's accommodations and booking information visit the Ine Tourist Association website: http://ine-kankou-jp.check-xserver.jp/wp/en/inns
TEL (for reservations by phone): 0772-32-0356 international: +81-772-32-0356
Address 864,Kameshima, Yosa-gun Ine-cho, Kyoto
bedrooms/Capacity: 2 rooms / 6 people
Check in/Check out 15:00 / ～10:30
car parking: There is a parking space for hotel guests.
by bus get off at "Ine Post Office" bus stop
- Furumaya Farmstay
- Located in the countryside of Fukuchiyama (about an hour from Kyoto City), this farmhouse is an excellent way to escape the city and experience a slower-paced Japan. This farmhouse is run by a Japanese/French couple and accommodates guests from all over the world. The area offers a plethora of ways to learn about sustainability and local cuisine. The misty mountains produce incredibly clean air, water, produce, and mystical photographs!
Check out their multilingual website for rates and reservations!
- Funaya Fuga, boat house stay
- Stay in a renovated boat house right on Ine Bay, one of UNESCO’s “World’s Most Beautiful Bays.” Ine is an active fishing village, and the only one of Japan’s “Most Beautiful Villages” built on the water.
Other activities in the village include visiting the world famous Mukai Sake Brewery, taking an intimate tour in a sea taxi, fishing, e-bike tours, and more. You may even want to visit the local harbor in the morning as the fishing boats return, pick out your favorite fish among the day's catch, and have it grilled fresh for you.
A full listing of the inns and boat houses around Ine Bay, including Funaya Fuga can be found via the link, as well as details regarding your stay at Fuga, including pricing and meals.
- Ujo Soan, beautiful even in the rain
- Visiting Ujo Soan during Japan's rainy season? Consider yourself lucky! This sprawling world of gardens and beautifully designed villas was specifically named for its ability to shine when the sun isn't. The tranquil setting, just a minute's walk from Yuhigaura's beaches (some of the best sunsets in Japan), provides the perfect atmosphere for letting everything wash away.
Among the bamboo forest paths cross trickling streams, you will have your choice from six separate Japanese-Western style villas. Each house is private, with natural hot springs.
The Soke Suite, is 108㎡ and has the architecture of a traditional farmhouse with the comforts of a luxury hotel. The cuisine, of course, matches the excellence of the rest of the establishment.
For more information on booking, pricing, and meal options at Ujo Soan, check out the link to their English website. Booking can also be handled through the Kyoto by the Sea DMO's tour center.
- Genmyoan, fit for royalty
- Genmyoan is an impeccable Japanese inn that has hosted the imperial family.
The accommodation and fine dining establishment is a gem in the mountains overlooking Amanohashidate, the pine forested land bridge that is one of Japan’s Three Scenic Views. The ryokan, or Japanese inn, is situated 70 meters above the sea and the rooms all sport unparalleled views of the bay below. Upon entering, the history and culture of the establishment is unmistakable. Reception tea and hand-made treats will await you before you are shown to you room, many of which include a private bath in the room. Regardless, it is worth visiting the onsite baths (for guest use only) for a look at the architecture and expansive views of the mountains, sea, and villages down below.
It is more than worth noting that the rooms at Genmyoan feel more like individual guest houses, because of how spacious they are and also because each room has large windows letting in a lot of natural light and offering spectacular views of Amanohashidate. This ryokan gives visitors more than the "traditional" inn experience, it is a location that is preserving the culture and refinement of old-world Japan.
The ryokan is located quite close to the station, and complimentary car service to the inn is also available. The town below is filled with small shops, restaurants, the beautiful Chionji Temple for those seeking introspection and clarity (Chionji is a temple of wisdom), as well as the Amanohashidate land bridge and walking paths with beaches on both sides.
Stays include a multi-course dinner and breakfast meal, using local ingredients and prepared by head chef Iwaki Naoki.
Also check out Genmyoan's "Café et Patisserie Genmyoan," located in the main town (1 minute walk from the train station). The cafe has fresh made cakes, tarts, cookies, and shaved ice, as well as a variety of drinks ranging from coffee, espresso's, juices, and a selection of fair trade organic teas. There is a small gift shop in the cafe that sells teas, handmade treats, and handcrafted pottery and glassware.
Café et Patisserie Genmyoan's facebook page has pictures and events:
Check out Genmyoan's websited for more information:
- Satoyama Guesthouse Couture, located in Ayabe
- This charming home in the mountains of Ayabe is an excellent place to learn about local culture. The owners of the establishment run MATA TABI, which offers a variety of farm-style and country experiences for people wanting to learn about traditional life in Japan. Ayabe features hiking trails, washi paper making, hot springs, rose gardens, and naturally occurring forest flower garden-scapes.
￥adults 3,000 yen per person / children 1,500 yen per person
- Poka Poka Farm
- Poka Poka Farm’s owner is an unlikely resident in bucolic Ayabe. Having moved to the area from Tokyo in order to live a simpler life, Poka Poka Farm’s proprietor has fully embraced country life and will certainly teach you a thing or two about healthy living. The farm grows a variety of organic produce, which guests can harvest for themselves. Along with a variety of vegetables and fruit, black sesame seeds are cultivated on site and a great way to top some handmade rice balls.
￥adults 7,000 yen per person w/two meals / children 3,500 yen per person w/ two meals / 3 and under free / 5,000 yen per person adult stay w/out meals
- Iwan no Sato
- Run by a friendly family, it won’t take long before you feel as though you are a part of it. Ayabe has a lot to offer and so do the people that live here. Learn to cook like the rural people here, experience fermented foods and natural produce. Your time here will be slow and relaxing, filled with clean mountain air and pleasant conversation. In the spring, they also offer rice planting experiences.
Iwan no Sato (the website is in Japanese, but booking can be completed through Ayabe’s Tourist Association website, linked at the bottom)
￥adults 8,500 yen per person w/two meals
- Visitors will be welcomed at first by the burbling of the river, and shortly after by welcoming village members when staying at Hokkori. Because it is located in Kyotango, the Japanese Sea is only a few miles away. They even make their own old-fashioned sake.
￥adults 12,000 yen per person w/two meals / children (ES and under) 8,500 yen per person w/ two meals / discounts available for groups
Hokkori's website is in Japanese, but pictures will give a sense of the interior. Kyoto by the Sea DMO can always help with booking.
- Centrale Hotel Kyotango
- Sitting on a hill overlooking the town of Omiya, Centrale offers fantastic dining, natural hot springs, and spacious rooms. There is even a large lawn and chapel where weddings are often held. The facility can accommodate large groups and banquets. The property has tennis courts, lavender fields that you can enjoy cutting to make souvenirs when in season. The gift shop offers a variety of local products, as well as Centrale made products (some of which include lavender).
Centrale Hotel Kyotango also has hot springs onsite for day trippers as well. The hot springs are called Ono Komachi Onsen and are located on a hill overlooking the town of Omiya. The alkaline water is gentle on the skin.
address: 105-15 Misaka, Omiya-cho, Kyotango (Centrale Hotel, Kyotango)
hours: <Morning> 6:00 to 9:00 (reception open until 8:30) / <Day/night> 10:00 to 23:00 (reception open until 22:30)
closed: no fixed days off
see the hotel’s English website for room pricing
- Hoshi no Oto, Marinetopia Resort
- Every one of Hoshi no Oto’s seven villas faces the sea. Each 120㎡ suite comes with indoor and outdoor natural hot springs (each with different water properties), as well as a private pool, terrace, and sea views. These suites are furnished by designers and architects from around the world, with world-class amenities, cuisine, and hospitality. The reception area also serves as a lounge, with hand-made sweets, fruit, and drink services that change throughout the day & night (wine, beer, cocktails, fresh-made juices).
￥58,000~ (per person) two meals included (Room prices vary by amenities and seasonal cuisine)
Hoshi no Oto's website is in Japanese, but Kyoto by the Sea DMO can always help with booking and information.
- Glamping, Marinetopia Resort
- Marinetopia take camping to the next level, with glamping that puts you in one of the most naturally beautiful environment’s on the planet. Marintopia overlooks Amanohashidate, "one of Japan’s “Three Scenic Views” and the Amanohashidate Bay which is a member of UNESCO’s “World’s most beautiful bays” club. You will be sleeping in ultimate comfort year-round as the units have both heating and air conditioning. The meals are both fun and healthy, allowing you to cook a variety of local specialties. Be sure to save room for dessert and drinks.
￥35,000-106,000 yen per person
- Sakaya Farmstay
- Conveniently located in Fukuchiyama, this farmstay isn't located deep in the forest like many others, but the location still feels incredibly private, and the building's architecture is absolutely stunning. The couple that runs the inn are incredibly friendly and welcoming. And despite the language barrier, they see quite a number of international visitors. The inn itself is beautifully maintained, with so many intricate features to explore, like handmade glass windows, a private Japanese garden, wood-burning stove, and exposed beams that reveal a skylight feature.
There is, of course, a farm as well, that visitors can tour and even harvest vegetables from. The owners also harvest their own herbal tea.
￥7,000 yen per person (including 2 meals)
- Just steps away from the rotating bridge that takes you to the Amanohashidate land bridge (one of Japan's three scenic views), this Japanese inn offers incredible views from the guest rooms, Japanese decor, and local cuisine. Taikyourou is on a charming stone street that leads up to Chionji Temple of Wisdom. There are shops, restaurants, as well as places to take boat rides or rent bicycles near-by. The ryokan also includes real hot springs, with prices that are very reasonable for the incredible location and hotel quality. Please see Taikyourou's English website for prices and booking details.
- Hotel Bellmare
- Hotel Bellmare has comfortable rooms, friendly service, and delicious food. Plus, the sunsets over Maizuru Bay are stunning. Check out their website for more information.
address: 2002-3, Kamahama, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture
For booking assistance, contact the Kyoto by the Sea DMO tour center.
- Refre Kaya no Sato
- Located in rural Yosano and set against the foothills of the Oeyama mountain range, Refre is a great spot to use as a base for exploring the area. The facility includes accommmodations, large dining with mountain views, as well as public baths that include herbals baths and a mist sauna.
The hotel has six rooms which are all surrounded by greenery, and the meals use a variety of local ingredients, including rice, vegetables and seafood.
Refre can also be used by day-trippers. The public baths cost 500 yen for adults, 300 for ES students, and 200 yen for children 1-6. Forest Restaurant is also open during the day, and includes an expansive buffet style lunch using a lot of local ingredients. The lunch buffet is open from 11am-2pm and costs 1600 yen for adults, 880 for ES students, 580 for younger children, and 1280 yen for people over 65 years old.
Refre is located close to other Yosano attractions, like the historic Chirimen Street, where hig-quality textured silk is still spun. Nearby is is Taki Thousand Year Camellia Park, which, like the name suggests, has one of the worlds oldest camellia trees and a park that has a cultural museum and different types of camellia trees.
address: 1730 Kanaya, Yosano-cho, Yosano-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
For help with bookings, feel free to contact the Kyoto by the Sea DMO tourist center.
- The small boat landing for those wanting to cross Amanohashidate is very close to the entrance of Shinpuro. For visitors coming to the area without a car, you can get to the area by JR train and get off at Amanohashidate Station. From there walk two minutes to the boat landing and take the sightseeing boat to the far side of Amanohashidate's beautiful land bridge. That's where Shinpuro is located. Its a great place to see how the view of Amanohashidate changes throughout the day, and there is also natural hot springs on site which has alkaline properties good for the skin.
address: 73 Ejiri, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture
- Located on the canal, and so close to Amanohashidate that you can smell the pine trees from your private veranda, this ryokan has both Japanese and western styled rooms, as well as natural hot springs. The newly renovated wing features large suites with gorgeous views, private baths and decks overlooking one of Japan’s Three Scenic Views.
- Calme, a bayfront cottage
- Opened in April 2019. When you spend a night in Calme, you are renting out this entire bayfront cottage. You have private views, private yard, and even a private onsen on a site that is 400 square meters. The hot spring is open-air and sourced right there. True luxury is having the time to do nothing. And in this private villa on Kumihama Bay, you will be able to experience the full effects of proper nature therapy. Decompress, indulge in incredible cuisine that is also good for you, reflect, and uproot your troubles in a location designed with the specific aim of "calming the mind."
1589 Minatomiya, Kumihama-cho, Kyotango-shi, Kyoto Prefecture
- Hashiudo-so is a reasonably priced guesthouse ideal for tourists and business travelers who want to get away from work and go to the beach! The accommodation is located just steps from a beautiful swimming beach with ancient volcanic rocks on both sides. A short walk down the beach brings visitors to Tateiwa, a massive volcanic basalt column rising out from the Japanese Sea. The facility has natural hot springs on site (also available for day-trippers). The cuisine is seafood based, and as the town of Tango is one of the best locations for seafood in Japan, everything you will have here will be caught fresh that day. Within walking distance is one of the areas best restaurants, a souvenier shop, and a couple of cafes.
For assistance with booking/pricing, feel free to contact the Kyoto by the Sea DMO tour center