For Lovely Views and Healing  
Tour around San’in Kaigan Geopark

For Lovely Views and Healing
Tour around San’in Kaigan Geopark

27 Dec 2021

The KANSAI Guide

Geopark has been in the spotlight worldwide in recent years. The word is a combination of Geo, meaning the globe/earth, and Park. It is a natural park not only beautiful geographically but also scientifically important as the heritage of earth where one can experience the Earth’s natural history. Geopark preserves valuable nature, as well as offers a place to study earth science and to enjoy the fascinating tourism resource.

Here, we are sharing San’in Kaigan Geopark that covers Kyoto (Kyotango City), Hyogo (Toyooka City, Kami Town, Shinonsen Town) and Tottori (Iwami Town, Tottori City). The most impressive virtue of the park is the fascinating views. Many programs for experiencing the power of nature, hot springs with local gourmet, food in four seasons from the mountain and ocean, the historical townscapes, all are there to heal your body and mind. Come to San’in Kaigan Geopark and immerse in the beauty of Tottori, Hyogo and Kyoto.

The 1st Day

The modern industrial heritage, Ikuno Ginzan and the former mine

To begin your tour, visit the prominent modern industrial heritage, Ikuno Ginzan (silver mountain) designated as Japan Heritage. Major mining began in 1542, controlled directly by the warlords Oda, Toyotomi and Tokugawa. In 1868, it became the first government mine, then the imperial property. It was closed in 1973, but the scenes of the old days are recreated there, and part of the mining tunnel is open to the public for a tour. You can see the silver lines on the exposed rock walls and dolls that depict the tasks in modern mining. Stop by at the information center on the premises and see the 3-D model of the mining tunnels spread in every direction like an ant nest.

From the entrance with the French-style arch, a 1,000m (0.6 miles) course stretches in the tunnel, about a 40 min tour.

From the entrance with the French-style arch, a 1,000m (0.6 miles) course stretches in the tunnel, about a 40 min tour.

The dim tunnel is at 13ºC(55°F)all year, cool in summer and rather warm in winter.

The dim tunnel is at 13ºC(55°F)all year, cool in summer and rather warm in winter.

A tram ran in the tunnel for efficient hauling. Dolls depict the modernized mine and the old-fashioned handwork done in the Edo Period.

A tram ran in the tunnel for efficient hauling. Dolls depict the modernized mine and the old-fashioned handwork done in the Edo Period.

Up to the Edo Period, tasks were done by hand. Note the old tunnels were so narrow that a person could barely go through.

Up to the Edo Period, tasks were done by hand. Note the old tunnels were so narrow that a person could barely go through.

After touring Ikuno Ginzan, drive 5 minutes and visit the former mining town. Elegant houses from the early modern era show the prosperity of the time.

After touring Ikuno Ginzan, drive 5 minutes and visit the former mining town. Elegant houses from the early modern era show the prosperity of the time.

To transport silver, a road was set up between Ikuno and Himeji around the 1870s, which was Japan’s first industrial highway. You can still see the historical and cultural road that supported the prosperity of the Ikuno silver mine and the mining town.

To transport silver, a road was set up between Ikuno and Himeji around the 1870s, which was Japan’s first industrial highway. You can still see the historical and cultural road that supported the prosperity of the Ikuno silver mine and the mining town.

Name in Japanese
史跡生野銀山
Ikuno Ginzan
Postal Code
679-3324
Address
33-5 Ikunochokono, Asago City, Hyogo.
Telephone
079-679-2010
Hours
April-October 9:10am-5:20pm / November 9:10am-4:50pm / December-February 9:40am-4:20pm / March 9:40am-4:50pm
*Tour is admitted until 40 min before closing
Holiday
Tuesdays during 3 months of Dec-Feb (if falls on a holiday, the next day is closed), the end and the beginning of the year
Admission
Adult 900 yen (inside and outside the tunnel, Mining Museum, and Fukiya Museum)
Payment
Cash only
Directions
From Chugoku Expressway, Fukusaki Interchange, drive for about 40 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
生野の町並み
Ikuno Town
Telephone
079-679-2222 (Asago City Visitor Information Center)
Directions
From Chugoku Expressway, Fukusaki Interchange, drive for about 40 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)

Seafood from the Japan Sea at Tottori Port Market Karoichi Look for souvenirs and enjoy a seafood bowl lunch

One of San’in coast’s attractions is a variety of food. The best of all is the fish caught at the sea before you. At Tottori Port Seafood Market Karoichi, fresh seafood directly sent from Tottori Port is available throughout the year. Locals love the fish in season at reasonable prices here. Tottori’s specialty Tofu-Chikuwa may be good as a souvenir. In the market, there are many restaurants. Try Karoko’s famous Special Seafood Bowl for lunch.

Tottori Port Seafood Market Karoichi, Tottori’s famous gourmet spot.

Tottori Port Seafood Market Karoichi, Tottori’s famous gourmet spot.

The lively market with customers.

The lively market with customers.

During the Matsuba Crab season between November and March, shoppers come from afar.

During the Matsuba Crab season between November and March, shoppers come from afar.

The famous market restaurant Karoko serves fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The generous Special Seafood Bowl at 2,180 yen is popular.

The famous market restaurant Karoko serves fresh seafood at reasonable prices. The generous Special Seafood Bowl at 2,180 yen is popular.

Squid Bowl at 2,300 yen comes with the clear squid, the sign of freshness. Enjoy the crunchy texture.

Squid Bowl at 2,300 yen comes with the clear squid, the sign of freshness. Enjoy the crunchy texture.

Name in Japanese
鳥取港海鮮市場かろいち
Tottori Port Seafood Market Karoichi
Postal Code
680-0908
Address
3-27-1 Karochonishi, Tottori City, Tottori
Telephone
0857-38-8866
Hours
9:00am-5:00pm
*There may be seasonal changes. Call the market.
Holiday
January 1st
Payment
Varies from shop to shop
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 15 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
市場料理 賀露幸
Restaurant Karoko
Postal Code
680-0908
Address
1F Tottori Port Seafood Market Karoichi 3-27-1 Karochonishi, Tottori City, Tottori
Telephone
0857-32-0811
Business Hours
9:30am-9:00pm
Holiday
Open every day
Payment
Cash only
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 15 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Hakuto Beach, the stage of Japanese mythology, and power spots for romance

After lunch, refresh yourself in the sublime nature and a spiritual spot. Look over Hakuto Beach, the stage of the mythology long told in Japan, and visit Hakuto Shrine, where a white rabbit is enshrined as a god of romance. Tell your wish in your heart. On the approach, white rabbit statues welcome you.

Hakuto Beach with white sand and blue ocean is famous as the stage of the mythology “The White Rabbit of Inaba.”

Hakuto Beach with white sand and blue ocean is famous as the stage of the mythology “The White Rabbit of Inaba.”

Hakuto Shrine, the popular power spot for romance, is a short walk away from Hakuto Beach.

Hakuto Shrine, the popular power spot for romance, is a short walk away from Hakuto Beach.

A white rabbit statue on the approach to the Hakuto Shrine

A white rabbit statue on the approach to the Hakuto Shrine

Name in Japanese
白兎海岸
Hakuto Beach
Telephone
0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourist Information Center)
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
白兎神社
Hakuto Shrine
Postal Code
689-0206
Address
603 Hakuto, Tottori City, Tottori
Telephone
0857-59-0047(9:00am-4:00pm)
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 20 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)

The world’s first “sand” museum for your artistic moments

Next, let’s visit Tottori Sand Dunes. Enjoy sculptures made of sand at “The Sand Museum”. Sand statues of grand scales with intricate details fill the museum. Take a look at the unique art of sand in the world’s first sand museum.

“The Sand Museum” displays the sand sculptures of world-famous artists.

“The Sand Museum” displays the sand sculptures of world-famous artists.

Each year, themes are changed. Currently, the 13th exhibition “Czechia & Slovakia: A History of Prosperity and Decline, Trace of Sacred Mystery” is being held. 
(Until January 3, 2022)

Each year, themes are changed. Currently, the 13th exhibition “Czechia & Slovakia: A History of Prosperity and Decline, Trace of Sacred Mystery” is being held.
(Until January 3, 2022)

Charles Bridge currently on display. Hard to believe it is made of sand!

Charles Bridge currently on display. Hard to believe it is made of sand!

Name in Japanese
鳥取砂丘 砂の美術館
The Sand Museum
Postal Code
689-0105
Address
2083-17 Fukubechoyuyama, Tottori City, Tottori
Telephone
0857-20-2231
Hours
9:00am-4:00pm. Weekends and holidays 9:00am-5:00pm
*Last admission is 30 minutes before closing
Holiday
Current exhibition until Jan 3, 2022. Check future exhibitions on the website.
Admission
Adult 600 yen
Payment
Cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express)
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 20 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)

Tottori Sand Dunes, “The Miracle of Creative Art” by Mother Earth

After seeing the sand art by artists, head for Tottori Sand Dunes that nature has created in many years. The fascinating tapestry made by the wind and sand is called “the Miracle of Creative Art.” Not only walking on the sand dunes, but you can also ride a camel, go hang-gliding, paragliding, or try other fun activities. You may want to do Sunset Yoga on the golden sand dunes in the sunset by the ocean.

Stop by at the visitors Center on Tottori Sand Dunes and see displays on sand dunes and the geopark. A guide is always there as well.
(Photo provided by Natural Park Foundation Tottori Branch)

Stop by at the visitors Center on Tottori Sand Dunes and see displays on sand dunes and the geopark. A guide is always there as well.
(Photo provided by Natural Park Foundation Tottori Branch)

Sunset Yoga on Tottori Sand Dunes. Capture the power of Mother Nature.

Sunset Yoga on Tottori Sand Dunes. Capture the power of Mother Nature.

Name in Japanese
鳥取砂丘
Tottori Sand Dunes
Postal Code
689-0105
Address
2164-971 Fukubechoyuyama, Tottori City, Tottori
Telephone
0857-22-0021 (Tottori Sand Dunes Visitor Center 9am -5pm, open throughout the year)
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 20 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)
Name in Japanese
砂丘ヨガ
Yoga on Tottori Sand Dunes
Meeting place
In front of Ray Garden parking lot (2164-804 Yuyama, Fukube-Cho, Tottori City, Tottori, Sand dunes House, Ray Garden)
Hours
Varies from season to season. Check the official website.
Fee
Sunset Yoga Exercise 5,000 yen
Payment
Cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express)
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 20 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Iwai Onsen - the oldest hot spring in San’in Region Stay at Iwaiya and enjoy fresh seafood

Drive for about 20 minutes from Tottori Sand Dunes, you will get to Iwai Onsen, which has 1200 years of history. On your 1st day, stay at Iwaiya, a traditional inn of over 150 years in operation. It is famous in the region for its secret source spring good for soothing your fatigue. Savor the seafood from the Japan Sea and kickback.

Rock oysters in summer, crab in winter. Savor the season’s best.

Rock oysters in summer, crab in winter. Savor the season’s best.

Enjoy the undiluted source spring at Iwai Onsen for your best soothing time.

Enjoy the undiluted source spring at Iwai Onsen for your best soothing time.

Name in Japanese
岩井温泉 岩井屋
Iwaiya
Postal Code
681-0024
Address
544 Iwai, Iwamicho, Iwamigun, Tottori
Telephone
0857-72-1525
Hours
Check-in 3:00pm / Check-out 10:00am
Rates
One night with 2 meals, for two guests in one room, 19,800 yen/guest onwards (including tax)
Payment
Cash or credit card (JCB, Visa, MasterCard, UC, NICOS, etc.)
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 30 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

The 2nd Day

Feel the dynamism of the steep cliff and the water clarity of 25m! Relax in a cruise ship around Uradome Beach

On the 2nd day, be active around the scenic San’in Kaigan Coast. The first stop can be beautiful Uradome Coast with the clear water, white sand and green pine trees along the stunning sawtooth coastline. This beach was formed about 33 million years ago when Japan was part of the continent. The magma below the continent cooled to form granite, which was eroded by the Japan Sea, wind and snow. The cliffs, caves and bizarre rocks talk about the earth’s history. Hop onto the Uradome Coast Island Boat Tour and enjoy the 40-min captivating excursion.

During the cruise, the captain shares interesting stories about the Uradome Coast - how it was formed, the origin of the unique name, etc.

During the cruise, the captain shares interesting stories about the Uradome Coast - how it was formed, the origin of the unique name, etc.

The clarity of the water is 25m (82 ft) deep, and it’s just amazing.

The clarity of the water is 25m (82 ft) deep, and it’s just amazing.

Kamogaiso, one of the scenic spots. One of the best along Uradome Coast with extraordinary bays, small islands, and the beach sparkling with bits of quartz.

Kamogaiso, one of the scenic spots. One of the best along Uradome Coast with extraordinary bays, small islands, and the beach sparkling with bits of quartz.

White sand, blue ocean and pine trees make superb contrast at Shirawara Coast. On the north side, five Natane Islands are connected to the beach. The last island is the biggest and canola blooms on the cliff in spring.

White sand, blue ocean and pine trees make superb contrast at Shirawara Coast. On the north side, five Natane Islands are connected to the beach. The last island is the biggest and canola blooms on the cliff in spring.

50m (164 ft) in circumference and 10m (33 ft)-tall cave is topped with a pretty pine tree. Sengan Matsushima is one of the incredible rocks of the Uradome Coast.

50m (164 ft) in circumference and 10m (33 ft)-tall cave is topped with a pretty pine tree. Sengan Matsushima is one of the incredible rocks of the Uradome Coast.

Name in Japanese
浦富海岸(鴨ヶ磯・城原海岸・千貫松島)
Uradome Beach (Kamogaiso / Shirawara Coast / Sengan Matsushima)
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
浦富海岸 島めぐり遊覧船
Uradome Kaigan Island Touring Boat
Postal Code
681-0073
Address
2182 Otani, Iwamicho, Iwamigun, Tottori
Telephone
0857-73-1212
Hours
March-November 9:30am-3:30pm (Leaves the port every hour)
Fare
Adult 1,500 yen
Payment
Cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, UnionPay, etc.)
Directions
From Tottori Expressway, Tottori Interchange, drive for about 40 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)

Explore the dynamic scenery of the Kasumi coast on a small chartered boat

A 40-minute drive from Uradome Beach brings you to the Kasumi coast. Kasumi bay is the best geo spot to observe various topography and geology from the time of their forming of the Sea of Japan to the present. Get the best geosite tour with the “Kasumi Geo Taxi”, a small chartered boat that takes you to many spectacular spots! After disembarking, enjoy driving along the coastline. The next spots are “Hasakari Rock” and ”Nekozaki peninsula” to search for great sceneries.

“Yoroi-no-sode (the sleeve of armor)” presents some strange sceneries located on the Kasumi coast. It was designated as a state's natural monument. The spectacular cliff of about 65 m high and 200 m wide will leave you in awe. Countless columnar joints and tubular joints are crossed, making a figure like a sleeve of armor used by the Japanese samurai.

“Yoroi-no-sode (the sleeve of armor)” presents some strange sceneries located on the Kasumi coast. It was designated as a state's natural monument. The spectacular cliff of about 65 m high and 200 m wide will leave you in awe. Countless columnar joints and tubular joints are crossed, making a figure like a sleeve of armor used by the Japanese samurai.

Close approach to the rock! Observing the fossil layers is one of the fun of the geosite tour.

Close approach to the rock! Observing the fossil layers is one of the fun of the geosite tour.

This strange unique rock is looking like a human’s face.

This strange unique rock is looking like a human’s face.

Even with a mini-boat, the cave entrance is difficult to pass through. But once you’re inside the cave, a marvelous view will surround you.

Even with a mini-boat, the cave entrance is difficult to pass through. But once you’re inside the cave, a marvelous view will surround you.

“Ao-no-Hiroba (The blue square)” in the cave is a highlight of the cruise of “Ao-no-Hiroba, and Taka-no-su Jima (60 minutes)”. On a sunny day, the sunlight reflects the surface of the water and creates a shining emerald green square.

“Ao-no-Hiroba (The blue square)” in the cave is a highlight of the cruise of “Ao-no-Hiroba, and Taka-no-su Jima (60 minutes)”. On a sunny day, the sunlight reflects the surface of the water and creates a shining emerald green square.

After driving along the San’in coast from Kasumi coast for about an hour, you will see the “Hasakari Rock” at Takeno beach. There are strangely structured rocks with a 3-4 m diameter rock sandwiched between two large pillar-shaped rocks. This peculiar balanced landscape made by nature will surely amuse you.

After driving along the San’in coast from Kasumi coast for about an hour, you will see the “Hasakari Rock” at Takeno beach. There are strangely structured rocks with a 3-4 m diameter rock sandwiched between two large pillar-shaped rocks. This peculiar balanced landscape made by nature will surely amuse you.

“Nekozaki peninsula” is stretched from Takeno-hama to the Sea of Japan. The shape seen from the side looks like a cat with its shoulders hunched. It also became popular for tourists with its nickname “Kewpie peninsula” because it looked like a Kewpie lying on its back.

“Nekozaki peninsula” is stretched from Takeno-hama to the Sea of Japan. The shape seen from the side looks like a cat with its shoulders hunched. It also became popular for tourists with its nickname “Kewpie peninsula” because it looked like a Kewpie lying on its back.

Name in Japanese
かすみ海上 GEO TAXI
Kasumi Geo Taxi
Postal Code
669-6542
Address
93-2 Kasumi-ku hitoichi, Kamicho, Mikata Gun, Hyogo
Telephone
080-2434-0001
Hours
9:00am-5:00pm (It is closed from October to March)
*Cancel if the weather is stormy
Passage Fare
A 60-minute cruise. Adult: 5,500 yen
Payment
Cash only
Directions
About 20-minute drive from Kasumi IC on San'in Kinki Expressway
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
はさかり岩
Hasakari Rock
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
猫崎半島
Nekozaki peninsula
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Enjoy a premium Tajima beef lunch at a restaurant specializing in Tajima beef

After spending an active day on the San’in Coast, treat yourself to a lunch of Tajima beef, the finest Japanese black wagyu raised in the Tajima climate. Only the best meat, carefully selected from 10 cattle a month shipped from “Ueda Livestock” in Muraoka, Kami Town, which has produced champion cattle in many competitions, can be served at “Irori Dining Mikuni”, a restaurant specializing in Tajima beef in Kinosaki Onsen. Tajima cattle are raised with love and care in every way, from the environment to the way they are raised, and have a distinct flavor that sets them apart from other cattle.

Tajimaguro Roast Steak Bowl Set (with salad and soup) 6,050 yen (tax included)

Tajimaguro Roast Steak Bowl Set (with salad and soup) 6,050 yen (tax included)

Name in Japanese
但馬牛いろりダイニング三國
Irori Dining Mikuni
Postal Code
669-6101
Address
219 Kinosakicho Yushima, Toyooka City, Hyogo
Telephone
0796-32-4870
Business Hours
Lunch 11:00am-2:00pm, Dinner 6:00pm-8:30pm
Holiday
Wednesdays (open in case of national holiday, and closed the following day). There may be other temporary holidays
Payment
Cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club)
Directions
25 minutes by car from Satsu Interchange on the Sanin-Kinki expressway
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Visit the Genbudo Cave, formed by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago.

A 20-minute drive from Kinosaki Onsen, Genbudo Park along the river is one of the geographical spots representing the San’in Kaigan Geopark. The landform of Genbudo cave was formed by volcanic activity 1.6 million years ago and was named after the Chinese monster “Genbu” because of the shape of the joint and the cross-sectional pattern of the rock. Genbudo Cave is also gaining international attention as a geologically valuable site. It is also the place where the Geomagnetic Reversal was discovered, which opened a new chapter in earth science. Let’s take a closer look at the earth’s design, which is as stunning as sculptural art.

The Genbudo cave looms in front of us, the columnar joint, which looks like a magnificent artwork, is breathtaking!

The Genbudo cave looms in front of us, the columnar joint, which looks like a magnificent artwork, is breathtaking!

In Genbudo Park, there also are Seiryudo cave, Byakkodo cave, and Suzakudo cave.

In Genbudo Park, there also are Seiryudo cave, Byakkodo cave, and Suzakudo cave.

The Genbudo Museum, located at the entrance to Genbudo Park is also recommended, as it houses a cafe and sells Tajima souvenirs.

The Genbudo Museum, located at the entrance to Genbudo Park is also recommended, as it houses a cafe and sells Tajima souvenirs.

Name in Japanese
玄武洞公園
Genbudo Park
Postal Code
668-0801
Address
1347 Akaishi, Toyooka City, Hyogo
Directions
20 minutes by car from Kinosaki Onsen
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)
Name in Japanese
玄武洞ミュージアム
Genbudo Museum
Postal Code
668-0801
Address
1362 Akaishi, Toyooka City, Hyogo
Telephone
0796-23-3821
Business Hours
9:00am-5:00pm
Admission
Adult 800 yen
Holidays
December 31, January 1 and other temporary closures
Directions
20 minutes by car from Kinosaki Onsen
Official Website
Official Website (English)

Stroll through the nostalgic townscape of Izushi

Close to Kinosaki Onsen, Izushi is a historical town mentioned in Kojiki (Japan’s oldest historical records) and Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan). It is designated as Japan’s Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings and is famous in the Kansai Area for the soba noodles. The oldest theater in Kinki Region opened in 1901, the mansion of a wealthy silk merchant from the late 1800s, the town standing since the Edo Period is a nostalgic place to meander.

On Otemae Street, the Shinkoro clock tower adds ambiance to the town.

On Otemae Street, the Shinkoro clock tower adds ambiance to the town.

Stop by at Izushi Tourist Center before you set out. Not only tourist information, but local and soba noodles are also available.

Stop by at Izushi Tourist Center before you set out. Not only tourist information, but local and soba noodles are also available.

Popular souvenir, Izushi yaki is rare white pottery with a silky-smooth, white surface.

Popular souvenir, Izushi yaki is rare white pottery with a silky-smooth, white surface.

Name in Japanese
出石城下町
Izushi Castle town
Postal Code
668-0214
Address
104-7 Izushichouchimachi, Toyoka City, Hyogo (Izushi Tourist Information Center)
Telephone
0796-52-6045 (Izushi Tourist Information Center)
Hours
Free to walk around anytime (Izushi Tourist Information Center: 9am-5pm)
Holiday
Free to walk around anytime
Directions
From Gembudo Park, drive for about 30 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)

Savor seafood from the Japan Sea and relax at the elegant Kinosaki Onsen

Kinosaki Onsen is one of the famous hot springs of 1300-year history in San’in Region. On your 2nd day, try staying at Kinosaki Onsen Nishimuraya, Hotel Shogetsutei with the longest history in the Kinosaki area. Surrounded by a 41-acre forest garden, you can see the seasonal beauty from your room. Not only a big public bath, a private spa that likens a forest and a relaxation salon are also available. Lavish dinner features Tajima Beef, crabs and harvest from mountains and oceans in season.

Standard Japanese room facing the garden. Luxurious and classy space for you to sit back. Dinner will be brought to your room.

Standard Japanese room facing the garden. Luxurious and classy space for you to sit back. Dinner will be brought to your room.

Besides bedrooms, there are premium rooms in Japanese/western combination style.

Besides bedrooms, there are premium rooms in Japanese/western combination style.

The crab season is from November to March. In Kinosaki Onsen in winter, crab dishes are a must.

The crab season is from November to March. In Kinosaki Onsen in winter, crab dishes are a must.

The rental private spa is popular. One room is 8,800 yen (including tax) for 70 min up to 4 guests.

The rental private spa is popular. One room is 8,800 yen (including tax) for 70 min up to 4 guests.

Name in Japanese
城崎温泉 西村屋 ホテル招月庭
Kinosaki Onsen Nishimuraya Hotel Shogetsutei
Postal Code
669-6101
Address
1016-2 Kinosakichoyushima, Toyoka City, Hyogo
Telephone
0796-32-4895
Hours
Check-in 3:00pm / Check-out 10:00am
Room charge
1 night with 2 meals, for 2 guests in a room, 28,960 yen/guest onwards (including tax)
Payment
Cash or credit card (JCB, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, UC, DC, NICOS, UnionPay, etc.)
Directions
From JR Kinosaki Onsen Station, ride a free shuttle bus for 3 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

The 3rd Day

Mt. Kabuto observation platform, looking over spectacular Kumihama Bay

Contrary to the rough and powerful sceneries, San’in Coast on the 3rd day is filled with calm and fascinating views. First thing in the morning, let’s go to Kumihama Bay. Similar to one of Japan’s three scenic views, Amanohashidate, this sand beach is called Shotennkyo, which divides the sea and the lagoon about 28km (17 miles) in circumference. A close look at it is good, but the whole view from the observation at Mt. Kabuto is worth it. The observation platform is 20 min on a narrow trail from Mt. Kabuto Park. Dress comfortably. Enjoy a morning walk in the crisp air and the grand view of Kumihama Bay.

Kumihama Bay from the observation platform. The local specialty, oyster, in cages, rice patches and the calming scenery is so soothing.

Kumihama Bay from the observation platform. The local specialty, oyster, in cages, rice patches and the calming scenery is so soothing.

Name in Japanese
かぶと山展望台
Mt. Kabuto observation platform
Postal Code
629-3442
Address
Kumihamachokoyama, Kyotango City, Kyoto
Directions
From Kinosaki Onsen to Mt. Kabuto Park, drive for about 30 min. From the mountain entrance to the observation platform, walk for 20 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Gazing over Tango’s splendor from the sea Experience a fishing boat cruise yourself

Tango Area is full of magnificent views of all the San'in Coast. Hop onto “Leisure Fishing Boat Tobimaru Taxi” at Takano fishing port to see from the ocean the white lighthouse on Kyoga-Misaki Cape, and the beautiful Tango-Matsushima with the terraced coast and many islands. It goes into a small hole called Blue Cave. The fantastic place, likened to the Mediterranean version, is said to be a power spot for romance.

Andesite rock forms majestic columnar joints at Kyoga-Misaki Cape.

Andesite rock forms majestic columnar joints at Kyoga-Misaki Cape.

One of the must-sees, Tateiwa. Mythology says a demon is confined underneath and you can hear the cry in winter.

One of the must-sees, Tateiwa. Mythology says a demon is confined underneath and you can hear the cry in winter.

Tango Matsushima with sand dunes and lovely terraced hills carved by waves.

Tango Matsushima with sand dunes and lovely terraced hills carved by waves.

Captivating and fantastical “Blue Cave.” Next to it, “Love Cave” named after a fishermen’s mythology that visiting here deepens one’s love.

Captivating and fantastical “Blue Cave.” Next to it, “Love Cave” named after a fishermen’s mythology that visiting here deepens one’s love.

Name in Japanese
遊漁船とび丸タクシー
Leisure Fishing Boat Tobimaru Taxi
Postal Code
627-0221
Address
Tangochotakano, Kyotango City, Kyoto
Telephone
080-2527-2558 (Kyotango Ryugu Project)
Hours
April-October (when the boat is available and the sea is calm)
*Always in operation in July and August
Holiday
July 26 & 27 due to Port Festival
Fare
Blue Cave+Love Cave excursion: 2 guests 10,000 yen, More than 3 guests 4,000 yen/person
Payment
Cash only
Directions
From Mt. Kabuto Park campground, drive for about 40 min to the dock at Takeno Beach
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Savor nostalgia at Ine Bay

Next, visit Ine where about 230 boat houses surround the tranquil Ine Bay. Boathouses were huts to keep boats, then, living space was added on the 2nd floor, Now they are used as a residence or inn. As time passed, they were changed, but still utilized for the unique culture. Boathouses look like they’re beautifully floating on the water. The beach at Ine bay is 5km (3 miles) long. It may be too long to walk, but you can borrow a bike at Ine Town Tourist Information. Ride around and find one-of-a-kind scenery. For lunch, try Tango’s winter gourmet, Buri shabu (yellowtail hot pot).

Nostalgic vista of Ine’s boathouses.

Nostalgic vista of Ine’s boathouses.

Borrow a bike at Ine Town Tourist Information. There are 10 free bikes. First come, first serve. No reservation is permitted.

Borrow a bike at Ine Town Tourist Information. There are 10 free bikes. First come, first serve. No reservation is permitted.

Cycle around the town of Ine. There are local Japanese sake breweries and boathouse cafes.

Cycle around the town of Ine. There are local Japanese sake breweries and boathouse cafes.

A picturesque spot in Ine. Look for your own spot on a bike.

A picturesque spot in Ine. Look for your own spot on a bike.

Lunch at Aburaya on the 1st floor of a roadside station Funaya-no-sato.

Lunch at Aburaya on the 1st floor of a roadside station Funaya-no-sato.

Yellowtail hot pot. Cook fat yellowtail lightly in the hot water. 5,000 yen/person (late November - February, reservation needed)

Yellowtail hot pot. Cook fat yellowtail lightly in the hot water. 5,000 yen/person (late November - February, reservation needed)

Yellowtail bowl is also popular. 2,000 yen

Yellowtail bowl is also popular. 2,000 yen

Name in Japanese
伊根の舟屋群
Ine’s boathouses
Telephone
0772-32-0277 (Ine Town Tourism Association)
Directions
From Takeno Beach, drive for 40 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)
Name in Japanese
お食事処 油屋
Aburaya
Postal Code
626-0424
Address
459 Kameshima, Inecho, Yosagun, Kyoto
Telephone
0772-32-0750
Hours
11:00am-5:00pm (*Seasonal changes may apply)
Payment
Cash only
Directions
From Takeno Beach, drive for about 40 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

No question, this is one of Japan’s three most scenic spots, Amanohashidate

Worthy for the finale of the tour, head for Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s three famous scenic spots. It is a sandy beach stretching as if to cut off Miyazu Bay from the Aso-kai Sea. It is 3.6km-long, the width is 20-170m, and nearly 5,000 pine trees grow on it. People have noted since ancient times that it looks like a bridge reaching heaven. The three observation spots around the bay offer three different sceneries, but let’s go to the south side, Amanohashidate Viewland. As the transportation makes a round trip between the ground level and observation platform, make sure to look out the panorama. After taking in some natural beauty, take a walk in Amanohashidate. Along the path lined with pine trees, there is a power spot for fulfilling romance.

Ride a lift or monorail to get to Amanohashidate Viewland. Both of them make a round trip.

Ride a lift or monorail to get to Amanohashidate Viewland. Both of them make a round trip.

Japan’s best scenic view from the observation platform!

Japan’s best scenic view from the observation platform!

The lift gives you a wonderful view on the way back.

The lift gives you a wonderful view on the way back.

The path in Amanohashidate. So refreshing to walk along pine trees.

The path in Amanohashidate. So refreshing to walk along pine trees.

Around the midway, there is Amanohashidate Shrine, a popular place to make romantic wishes.

Around the midway, there is Amanohashidate Shrine, a popular place to make romantic wishes.

Name in Japanese
天橋立
Amanohashidate
Telephone
0772-22-8030 (Amanohashidate Station Tourist Information Center)
Directions
From Ine Town, drive for about 30 min.
Official Website
Official Website (English)
Name in Japanese
天橋立神社
Amanohashidate Shrine
Telephone
0772-22-8030 (Amanohashidate Station Tourist Information Center)
Directions
From Kyoto Tango Railway, Amanohashidate Station, walk for 15 min.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

Spend an extra night at an auberge near Amanohashidate Unwind after your trip with delicious mountain and seafood and hot springs.

After a luxurious three-day trip to explore the historical, spectacular, and cultural sights of the San’in Coast, consider staying one more night to relieve travel fatigue if you have time. “Wine to oyado Chitose” near Amanohashidate used to be a long-established ryokan since the mid-Edo period and has been renovated into an auberge. They have about 50,000 bottles of wine in stock, carefully selected by the owner, who also owns Amanohashidate Winery. You also don’t want to miss the wine of the month, which the owner selects for a special price each month. Enjoying seasonal delicacies and natural hot springs with wine will be the best way to end your trip.

A guest room with a harmonious blend of Japanese and Western design and a relaxing space to unwind.

A guest room with a harmonious blend of Japanese and Western design and a relaxing space to unwind.

The cuisine with Tango’s seasonal ingredients. It will definitely match wine.

The cuisine with Tango’s seasonal ingredients. It will definitely match wine.

It is conveniently located near Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s three most scenic spots.

It is conveniently located near Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s three most scenic spots.

Name in Japanese
ワインとお宿 千歳
Wine and Inn Chitose
Postal Code
626-0001
Addres
472 Monju, Miyazu City, Kyoto
Telephone
0772-22-3268
Business Hours
Check-in 3:00pm / Check-out 10:30am
Price
Weekday 38,500 yen onwards, Fridays, Saturdays and Day before holiday 42,350 yen onwards (one night two meals per day, tax included)
Payment
Cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners Club)
Directions
5 minutes on foot from Amanohashidate Station on the Kyoto-Tango Railway
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)

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