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  • Amanohashidate
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju
    Located in Miyazu Bay on the Sea of Japan on the north side of Kyoto, Amanohashidate is considered one of the three most beautiful views in Japan together with the islands of Matsushima and Itsukushima. A 3.6 kilometer long sandbar 20 to 170 meters wide separating Miyazu Bay from the inland Sea named Asokai north to south, Amanohashidate is covered with some 8,000 pine trees. Due to its seeming appearance as a bridge to the heavens, it came to be called Amanohashidate (“Bridge to Heaven.”). Many people come to see the uncanny shape of this popular sight, which was formed naturally over thousands of years.
  • Roadside Station Maizuruko Tore-Tore Center
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Maidurushi Shimofukui 905
    This Roadside Station is on National Route 175 in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture. It has a seafood market that's considered the largest on the Sea of ??Japan. Visitors enjoy fresh fish and shellfish unloaded at Maizuru Port, including baked seafood and sashimi. In the winter, many tourists stop by for their crab.
  • The funaya of Ine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Prefecture Yosa-gun Ine-cho
    In the town of Ine-cho on the eastern tip of the Tango Peninsula, a boat garage is called a “Funaya.” These homes that lie in between the road and the sea have a unique construction where the first floor is where the residents prepare for fishing and store their tools, while the second floor is used as a living room and bedroom, etc. The sight of the some 230 funaya lying in a row is unusual even in Japan, and the area has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
  • Amanohashidate View Land
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju
    This is an amusement park at the summit of Mt. Monju, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture with a viewing platform from which one can see Amanohashidate. Along with attractions including go karts, merry go rounds and a Ferris wheel, the view from the viewing platform restaurant is stunning. There are seven “fork peepholes” that allow one to look between the forks of Amanohashidate, and the Hiryukan through which one can see what looks like a dragon ascending to heaven. There are monorail and lift services to and from the foot of the mountain.
  • Yuhigaura Onsen
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Kyotango-shi Aminocho Hamazume
    Facing Yuhigaura, the western side of the Tango Peninsula, this relatively new hot spring district was first developed in 1980. The entire surrounding area is a renowned sightseeing destination and bustles with many tourists year-round. The area's sunsets are particularly beautiful and the source of its name (Yuhigaura means Sunset Beach). The area's clear hypotonic and mildly alkaline high temperature springs are said to aid recovery from fatigue in addition to helping alleviate nerve pain, muscle soreness, frozen shoulders, and rheumatic diseases. Their waters are also soft and renowned for their beautifying properties, leaving the skin nice and smooth.
  • Kotohiki Beach (Kakezu Beach Resort)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochoukakedu
    A designated National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Monument, this beach offers “singing sands” which make a pleasant squeaking noise when stepped on. The beach’s waters are extremely clear. Walk along its 1.8 kilometer length and you will find some portions make a sound like a drum. “Singing sands” are a sign that a beach is extremely clean and as the ashes from cigarettes disrupts this effect, no smoking is permitted on the beach. A free open-air bath where you can warm yourself in between swims is located in the middle of the beach.
  • Ukawa Onsen Yoshino no Sato
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    27 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochoukyuso 1562
    This popular lodging facility features baths fed by a free flowing hot-spring that comes up from 1,200 meters below ground. Day trips to the baths are also available. They offer two large outdoor baths, the Sea Onsen ''Ryugu'' from which you can look over the Sea of Japan, and the Mountain Onsen ''Kaguya'' which is surrounded by a bamboo grove. The baths are gender segregated and swap between men and women every day. Onsite are cottages and a clubhouse so that you can enjoy playing on the nearby beach during the summer.

    I stayed at this hotel for one night and had gotten the traditional Japanese style room. However if they are available, you can request a western style room. The room came with its own slippers and...

  • Kyogamisaki Cape
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochousodeshi
    Situated at the tip of the Tango Peninsula, this cape is the northernmost point of the Kinki region. Surrounding the cape are precipitous cliffs comprised of rock pillars with columnar joints in which cracks and fissures can be seen. The Kyogamisaki Cape lighthouse standing atop those cliffs offers spectacular scenery that has been selected as one of Kyoto’s top 100 views. The appearance of the French-made lighthouse with its white walls is beautiful and it uses a metal-halide lamp whose light beam reaches a distance of 55 kilometers. It also uses a first-grade lens of which there are only six in all of Japan.
  • Kyoga Misaki Lighthouse
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Tangochousodeshi
    A chalk lighthouse standing on Cape Kyogamisaki, the northernmost point of the Kinki region. The lighthouse is one of only six in the country to use a first class lens and has been selected as one of Japan’s three best lighthouses. The lighthouse was erected here on a cliff 140 meters above the sea in 1898. Famous for its scenic beauty, visitors can get a sweeping view of a rias coastline comprised of the deep azure of the Sea of Japan and countless curious-looking stones interwoven with pillars of basalt. The area is also a rich natural habitat where falcons are confirmed to live.
  • Kono-jinja Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Ogaki 430
    This ancient Shinto shrine has held the Aoi Festival every April for the past 2,500 years, and is formally recognized as the most important provincial shrine of the old Tango prefecture. The main enshrined deity is Hiko-Hoakari-no-Mikoto.
  • Nariaiji Temple
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Nariaiji 339
    This is number 28 of the 33 Saigoku pilgrimage (33 temples in the Kinki area containing a statue of Kannon) temples. The principal object of worship is the beautiful Kannon (Avalokiteshvara), and it said that if one visits the temple both mind and body will become beautiful. Spring cherry blossoms and autumn changing leaves are both wonderful, and from the ground’s viewing platform offers views of the renowned area of scenic beauty “Amanohashidate,” one of Japan’s three famous sites.
  • Amity Tango
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochouamino 367
    This tourist facility in Amino-cho, Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture displays materials related to local industry and sells speciality goods. The shop offers traditional Tango goods and foodstuffs including Tango chirimen (silk crepe), silk products, processed marine products, processed agricultural products and local sake. Using stenciling and marbling methods, it is possible to create one’s own original dye-patterned handkerchief—a small group can even participate in the activity without reservation. There is a morning market held every Sunday.
  • Matsunoodera Temple
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    4.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Maidurushi Matsuno 532
    Said to have been established in 708, this is temple 29 of the Saigoku Kannon pilgrimage (33 temples in the Kinki area containing a statue of Avalokitesvara). Located halfway up Aobayama, the gohonzon or principal object of worship is a carving of a seated figure of the Batokanzeon bodhisattva (Horse-headed Kannon). The treasure hall has many National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties, and they are displayed for approximately one month in both spring and autumn. Every year on May 8th the Hotokemai (Buddha Dance) is held when people wear masks representing Dainichi Nyorai, Shaka Nyorai, Amida Nyorai and perform the dance as an offering.

    平日だった為か参拝者もまばら。御神木は立派でした。小雨模様で低い雲の中で幻想的でした。寺のすぐ下まで車で行けるので便利です。山道は狭く大変ですが...

  • Kasamatsu Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Miyadushi Ogaki
    Located on the north side of Amanohashidate, this park is famous for its viewing platform located 130 meters up the side of Mt. Nariai deemed the “birthplace of ‘matanozoki’ (bending over and looking at the world upside-down from between one’s legs).” The Amanohashidate Cable Car and a lift operate between Fuchu Station at the foot of the mountain and Kasamatsu Station, making it easy to come view the scenery. The view of Amanohashidate from here is considered one of the three best of the area. Referred to as “Naname ichimoji” (“the Slanted Character,”) it is also called the “view of the rising dragon” due to its resemblance to a sinuous dragon rising towards the heavens. The park is filled with enjoyable sites and areas, including a circular sky deck, wooden viewing deck, wishing bell and wishing lock rail, and the Ama Terrace restaurant.
  • Chionji Temple (Monjudo)
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Monju 466
    This temple in Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture belongs to the Myoshinji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. Also called Monjudo, it enshrines Monju Bodhisattva. Known as a deity of wisdom, lots of students come for prayers, especially at exam time. The temple has many important cultural assets too, such as its Tahoto Pagoda.
  • Maizuru Repatriation Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    71 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Maidurushi Taira 1584 Inside collection memorial park
    This memorial hall is on the grounds of the Repatriation Memorial Park in Maizuru City, Kyoto Prefecture. In 1945, the first repatriation ship arrived at Maizuru Port. As the city welcomed many of the returnees, it's the only place in the country with exhibits on repatriation. In addition, you can see 570 items recorded in UNESCO's Memory of the World Register.

    The museum is very small and takes no more than 20-40 minutes. The exhibitions and explanations are well done however. They have regular Japanese explanations beside the exhibitions as well as...

  • Ine Bay Sightseeing Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Yosaguninechou Hide 11
    This sightseeing boat plies Ine Bay in Yosa County, Kyoto Prefecture. The roughly 25-minute cruise around the bay takes in scenery of funaya fishermen's houses and an unbroken view of the sea. Yaki chikuwa (grilled tube-shaped fish paste cakes) are a popular specialty available from the ferry terminal's Hide-baiten Shop. You can also buy feed to give to the seagulls.
  • MONJUSOU
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Kyoto Prefecture Miyazu City Tianno Hanashige Coast
    This hot spring resort facility is in Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture. Their 100% natural geothermal water is sometimes called Hot Spring of Beauty for its benefits to the skin. Guests enjoy seasonal scenery in their outdoor bath with the feel of a Japanese tea garden. Their restaurant, MON, features a stone oven. Relax and dine while taking in the spectacular view of Amanohashidate, one of Japan's top three scenic spots.
  • Hacchohama Beach / Kobama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Kyoto Kyoutangoshi Aminochoukobama
    A small hideaway beach with fine white sand and surrounded by mountains, it is a popular place for families where the beautiful rocky shore continues from the beach in the east to Kotohiki Beach beyond. The sun setting into the Gunkan-iwa rocks off the coast is also amazing and worth seeing. You can see Hacchohama Beach face-to-face if you look to the west from Kobama Beach.
  • Amanohashidate Winery
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Kyoto Miyadushi Kokubun 123
    The Amanohashidate Winery makes its own wine from grapes they cultivate in vineyards looking out on Amanohashidate. Guests enjoy wine tastings and a lunch buffet featuring handmade dishes with plenty of local ingredients. Their original white wine soft serve ice cream comes recommended, as does their Baby Wine, like a sparkling wine in the process of fermenting that you can only drink there. You could only get such flavors at a winery.

    We had lunch here between our boat cruise of ine bay and visiting amanohashidate, one of three Japan's scenic view. The food was delicious, there are plenty to choose from, Japanese and western.

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