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OTHER THINGS TO DO
- 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
- Goro Sky Tower
- This panoramic view was ranked number one of the Kinki region's top 100 views.
Mt. Goro is located almost in the center of Maizuru and boasts an altitude of 301m. And at the top of Mt. Goro is an observation tower rising up another 50m.
From the observation room, which is 325 meters above sea level, you'll experience a 360-degree panoramic view of Maizuru Bay and the city of Maizuru, with its beautiful coastline and mountains. The view from here has been selected as "No. 1 of Kinki's 100 Views" and really is a breathtaking.
address: 237 Kamian, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture
Weekdays 9: 00-19: 00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 9: 00-21: 00
9: 00-17: 00
* Last admission is 30 minutes before closing
closed: open every day
admission: Adult: 200 yen / Child: 100 yen
・ Half price for persons with physical disability certificate, nursing certificate, and mental health or welfare certificate
- Maizuru Fururu Farm
- A farm with ranch-style atmosphere and surrounded by nature that is perfect for the whole family. The facility is quite expansive, and the restaurant blends into the natural environment. Fururu Farm also has handmade-bread lessons, and cottage-style accommodations.
address: 60 Sezaki, Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture
Lunch: Weekdays 11: 00 ~ 15: 00 (last order is 1 hour before closing)
Dinner: closed on weekdays / Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 18: 00-21: 00 (last order is 30 minutes before closing)
9: 00-16: 00
10: 00-17: 00 (reservation required)
closed: Every Tuesday (Golden Week, 7 / 20-8 / 20), 12 / 31-1 / 1
- Ayabe Rose Garden
- 1,200 roses bloom during the spring and fall
Opened in October 2010 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the municipality, Ayabe Rose Garden is a part of Gunze Square, along with the Gunze Square Specialty-product Store and Gunze Square Museums. The rose garden is a seasonal highlight that hosts blooming festivals, with the main attraction being the central flowerbed where "Anne's Rose" is planted. Ayabe is known as a city that promotes peace, and in recognition of this message of peace, the city was gifted special rose seeds from Anne Frank's father to spread the hope of worldwide peace.
TEL: 0773-43-0811 (Gunze Square Specialty-product Store)
address: 1-2 Kamameshi, Aonomachi, Ayabe
hours: 9:00 to 17:00
closed: Tuesday (If it is a holiday, the next day)
access: [Car] About 5 minutes from Maizuru Wakasa Expressway "Ayabe IC", about 10 minutes from Kyoto Transverse Expressway "Ayabe Ankokuji IC"
[Train] Get off at Ayabe Station on the JR San'in Main Line / Maizuru Line, about 10 minutes on foot from the north exit.
- Fukuchiyama City Zoo
- Fukuchiyama City Zoo has a variety of cute little animals like red pandas, gibbons, and raccoons. The zoo is also very close to a large park with recreational facilities, walking paths, and a pond with beautiful scenery.
address: 377-1 Inozaki, Fukuchiyama City
hours: 9: 00-17: 00 (Admission until 16: 30)
closed: Wednesday (However, if it overlaps with a public holiday, it will be open and Thursday will be closed) and 12/28 to 1/1
admission: Adults 210 yen, 4 years old-junior high school students 100 yen (group discount: 30 people+)
1 hour 30 minutes from Kyoto
1 hour 40 minutes from Osaka
[By JR Limited Express]
1 hour 10 minutes from Kyoto
1 hour 30 minutes from Osaka
- Amanohashidate Viewland
- Amanohashidate Viewland is located on top of Mt. Monju and can be reached via cable car or chair lift. The cable car chair lift is only a short walk from Amanohashidate Station, making it an easy way to catch panoramic views of Amanohashidate, one of Japan's Three Scenic Views. Amanohashidate Viewland is on the south side of the Amanohashidate land bridge.
When you get to the top, you will see people bending over to view the land bridge through their legs. This is called "motonozoki" and people do it because when upside down, the bays look like the sky and Amanohashidate becomes a green dragon flying across it. There are also a variety of family friendly attractions, such as a ferris wheel and sky-rail self-pedaling cars, a sky walk, and many other rides and activities.
address: 437 Monju, Miyazu, Kyoto
From 2/21 to 7/20 9:00 to 17:00
From 7/21 to 8/20 8:30 to 18:00
From 8/21 to 10/20 9:00 to 17:00
From 10/21 to 2/20 9:00 to 16:30
closed: Every February
Adult 850 yen (more than junior high school students)
450 yen for children (elementary school students)
access: 7 minutes walk from Amanohashidate Station
10 minutes by car from Miyazu Amanohashidate IC
- Kabutoyama Observation Deck
- Mt. Kabutoyama looks down over Kumihama Bay. The bay is surrounded on mountains on three sides and is separated from the Sea of Japan by a thin isthmus of land. The observation deck was rebuilt in May of 2015 from cedar wood locally produced in Kyoto Prefecture. It was designed to be in harmony with the natural environment, while still offering panoramic views of the bay and surrounding nature park.
address: Kouyama, Kumihama Town, Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture
access: (To Kabutoyama Park Campground) from Kumihama Station ⇒ 12 minutes by car
(Kabutoyama Park Campground-Mountain Peak)
- Kyogamisaki Lighthouse
- It is a white lighthouse built on a cliff 148m above sea level on the northernmost part of the Tango Peninsula. It was installed in 1898 and is quite a unique lighthouse using a high-quality lens made from French glass, which only five locations in Japan use. In 2008, it was designated as a Modern-Industry Heritage by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The location of the lighthouse is along the San'in Kaigan Global Geopark, and as such the lighthouse's cliff is made from volcanic andesite that has formed columnar joints.
address: 162 Sodeshi, Tango, Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture
access: from Amino Station ⇒ 65 minutes on the Tankai bus. Get off at "Kyogamisaki" and walk for about 30 minutes. It's a 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse
- Kotohikihama Singing Sands Museum
- The museum is dedicated to Kotohikihama Beach, which is located a short walk from the museum. The beach is well-known throughout Japan as the "singing sands" beach because of the high quartz content of the sand that makes noise when you walk on it. There are other beaches with these unique properties around the world, and the museum does a good job of showcasing sand throughout the world. In addition there are microscopes where you can look at sand close up, activity stations where you can make the sand sing (even if the weather isn't good for beach-going), sand and shell art on display, as well as other educational information.
address: 1250 Kaketsu, Aminocho, Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture
hours: 9: 00-17: 00
admission: Adult: 300 yen. Elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen
* 200 yen for 15 or more
parking: free (30 cars, 3 large buses)
- Tango Onsen Hashiudo-so
- The hot-spring source is directly drawn from the earth, as this area was once an active volcanic spot. From the facility, visitors can see, "Tateiwa," a large volcanic rock formation rising out of the Sea of Japan. The beaches right in front of the onsen are a great place to walk, swim, or take pictures. And the onsen is so close to the sea itself that you can hear the sound of the waves from the baths. It is a popular location year-round. The summers are popular with beach goers, campers, and food enthusiasts. The winters draw visitors wanting to see snowy scenery on the Japanese Sea, as well as foodies looking to try the local delicacy and highly sought after, Taiza Crab. The onsen also provides reasonably priced accommodations and local cuisine.
address: 632-1 Tango, Kyotango City
hours: <Weekdays> 16:00 to 22:00 (reception closes at 21:30) <Saturday, Sunday and public holidays> 13:00 to 22:00 (reception closes at 21:30)
closed: Every Tuesday (July 20th to August 20th, November to March 2nd and 4th Tuesdays)