Thursday, 31 January 2013

FREE outdoor Pool in summer for only children

This outdoor pool is called "Nishimiyazu kouen puuru(西宮津公園プール)" in Japanese.
There are two different pool. One is 40cm deep. Another is 1m deep.
This facility is made for children up to 12 years old.
Cost: FREE
OPEN(From 3rd Monday of July until mid August) 10:00-15:40
Address:Suginosue, Miyazu, Kyoto Prefecture(to find on google map, copy this-西宮津公園)
From Miyazu(宮津) train station 25mins(2km) walk.
From Miyazu(宮津) train station 10mins ride by bus, take a bus "Mineyama line峰山線" towards "Mineyama eki mae峰山駅前行" or "Ine/Kamanyu/Kyougamisaki line伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬線" towards "Ine yuubinkyoku mae伊根郵便局前行"and get off at "geetobooru jyou maeゲートボール場前" and walk 2mins(170m). Bus fare: 150yen(single)

Make your own handkerchief with Kimono dyeing!

Dyeing workshop at Amity Tango(アミティ丹後)

At first you select the type of your favorite design and move the brush with an ink, you can make a handkerchief of Japanese design pattern.

Duration: about 40mins
Time can be accepted 10:00-16:00 (CLOSED on every Tuesday)
Cost: 1000yen~1500yen
Address: 367 Amino, Amino-cho, Kyotango City, Kyoto(京都府京丹後市網野町網野367)
*I couldn't find English address on google map so please copy and paste Japanese address to search!
☆From Amino(網野) train station, 25mins walk(2km)
☆From Amino train station, a bus stop called "Amino eki mae(網野駅前)", there are several buses which you can get off at "Amino(網野)", about 3mins ride on the bus then walk 5mins(450m). Bus fare:150yen(single)

Sake(Japanese alcohol) Brewery

"Hakurei syuzou(ハクレイ酒造)" is one of the famous sake brewery, founded in 1832.
You can do the brewery tour by FREE of charge. The tour takes 30mins.
Reservation is necessary.
Please make a reservation by phone, fax or fill in the form at their website(Japanese). 

Phone :0772-26-0001
Fax: 0772-26-0123
Reservation form for the brewery tour at Hakurei
OPEN 9:00-17:00
CLOSED:every Wed, between 29th December to 5th January.
Address : 949 Yura, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市由良949)
Access: From Tango-Yura(丹後由良) train station, 6mins walk(450m)


Nothing I need to describe.....
If you miss them, you can eat in countryside of Japan as well...


Address: 1818-1 Sumiyoshi, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市字住吉1818-1)

From Miyazu station (宮津駅)
*13mins(1.1km) walk 
*4mins by bicycle
*4mins by bus, take "Kamimiyazu line(上宮津線)" towards "Mipple(ミップル行)" and get off at "Kisenba-minatokan(キセンバ港館)" then walk 2mins(180m). Bus fare: 150yen(single)
*take a bus "Ine/Kamanyu/Kyougamisaki line(伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬線)" and get off at "Michi-no-eki Umi-no-Kyoto-Miyazu(道の駅 海の京都 宮津)" then walk 2mins(180m). Bus fare: 150yen(single)

From Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅)
*10mins by bike
*30mins walk

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Ine Bay sightseeing boat

In Japanese: Inewan-meguri(伊根湾めぐり)
Run everyday: From 1st March - 15th January
Run weekends&public holidays: From 16th January - the end of February

Time schedule: 9:00 to 16:00, every 30mins.

Duration:about 25mins

Fare: 660yen(Adult)

Access: Please see the "Boathouses in Ine, Ine no Funaya(伊根の舟屋)" in my blog.

Bus in Tango region

"Tango kairiku kotsu(丹後海陸交通)" is the official name of the bus company in this region.

Although usually people call it "Tankai basu(丹海バス)".

Their official website (in Japanese)

You can find the bus schedule&fare on Google map(in English).

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Local train(KTR) in Tango region
This is a private train company and called "Kitakinki Tango Railway"
Usually people call it "KTR".
JR PASS is not valid on this railway.

Transfer stations of KTR to JR line,
  • Fukuchiyama station(福知山駅)
  • Nishimaizuru station(西舞鶴駅)
  • Toyooka station(豊岡駅)

Express trains stop at following stations,
  • Fukuchiyama(福知山)
  • Oe(大江)
  • Miyazu(宮津)
  • Amanohashidate(天橋立)
  • Nishimaizuru(西舞鶴)
  • Toyooka station(豊岡駅)
  • Kumihama(久美浜)
  • Kitsu-onsen(木津温泉)
  • Amino(網野)
  • Mineyama(峰山)
  • Tango-omiya(丹後大宮)
  • Nodagawa(野田川)
The train has two lines: Miyafuku line(宮福線), Miyazu line(宮津線)
You can check the fare of the train by their official website in English.
Also please find the train time table from this link, available in English.

Sunday, 27 January 2013


Here are some of supermarkets in Miyazu area.

-this is the biggest shopping centre in Miyazu area. You can find most of the things in this 5 floor buliding, supermarket, drug store, 100yen shop, clothes, restaurants and so on.

Open 10:00-20:00 (Restaurant floor until 23:00)
Address:3012 Hamamachi, Miyazu, Kyoto (京都府宮津市浜町3012)
*13mins(1km) walk from Miyazu(宮津) station
*7mins by a local bus from Amanohashidate(天橋立) station, take "Ine/Kamanyu/kyougamisaki-sen line 伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬線" towards "Kamimiyazu(上宮津行)" and get off at  "Michi-no-eki Umi-no-Kyoto-Miyazu(道の駅海の京都宮津)".
Bus fare: 200yen(single)
*35mins(2.7km) walk from Amanohashidate(天橋立) station

-Standard supermarket-
Fukuya (フクヤ)  Under construction until 1st April 2017
Open 9:00-20:00
Access: 3mins(240m) walk from Miyazu(宮津) train station
Address: 2110 Tsuruga, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市字鶴賀2110)

Nishigaki(にしがき) -Miyazu branch
Open: 7:00-23:00
Access:6mins(450m) walk from Miyazu(宮津) station
Address:2160-3, Tsuruga, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市鶴賀2160)

Nishigaki(にしがき) -Fuchu branch
Open: 8:00-21:00
Access: a couple of minutes walk from Ichinomiya pier or Fuchu station(For Kasamatsu Park)
Address:64 Ejiri, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市江尻64)

Miyazu Catholic church


This is a wooden Catholic church built in 1896 by Father Louis Relave.
The church is very unique because of mix of French style Romanesque in outside and you will see Japanese Tatami mat inside.
Also this church is known as the oldest church which still runs Mass every Sunday in Japan.
You can see beautiful 1280 stained glasses which shipped directly from France.
FREE admission.

Open 9:00-17:00, No visitors allowed during the Mass.
Address: 500 Miyamoto, Miyazu, Kyoto(宮津市字宮本500番地)
Access: 5mins(550m) walk from Miyazu train station(宮津駅)


Terraced rice-fields of Nii
Terraced rice-fields of Nii = Nii-no-tanada(新井の棚田) or Nii-no-senmaida(新井の千枚田)
This is one of the famous spot to taking pictures in this area. Especially between beginning of summer to Autumn, the place attracts many photographers.

From Amanohashidate train station take a bus line "Ine/Kamanyu/Kyougamisaki line伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬線" towards "Kamanyu蒲入行" and get off at "大原口" then walk about 30mins.
Bus Fare: 980yen(single)
Bus duration: about 1hr

MUST SEE - Look out spot, Kasamatsu park (傘松公園)
This is the place where you see the "bridge to heaven" view which means "Amanohashidate" in Japanese. Never say you visited Amanohashidate without seeing this view from Kasamatsu park. After arriving at Kasamatsu park, enjoy view from the park and after that, climb up stairs for about 5mins which is another view point. Then I recommend to visit Nariai-ji Temple after that.
If you have a luggage which bother you travel freely, you can use a coin locker or luggage storage service at Kasamatsu Park(only cost about 100yen-200yen). English-speaking staff available!

Apr/May/Jun/Sep/Oct/   1st-19th July/21st-31st Aug17:30
20th July - 20th Aug18:00 

☆By bus, from Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅) take a bus towards "Ine or Kamanyu or Kyougamisaki(伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬)" and get off at "Kasamatsu-keburu-shita(傘松ケーブル下)". Bus fare:400JPY(single) Then walk about 2mins(160m), walk towards traffic lights and turn left and go up an alley with souvenier shops. Then take a cable car or chair-lift. You can reach to the park by a chair-lift(6mins) or a cable car(4mins).

☆On foot, from Amanohashidate station, walk through Amanohashidate itself(about 1hour with relaxing pace) and take a left when you arrive at crossroad then you will see boat pier and turn right then you will see the sign of Kasamatsu park. And take a cable car or chair-lift.

☆By bicycle, from Amanohashidate station about 20mins, the same route to the walking.

☆By boat, from Amanohashidate station, walk to Amanohashidate pier(about 5mins) and take a sightseeing boat to Ichinomiya pier. And go straight and you can see the sign of Kasamatsu park. Then take a cable car or chair-lift.
Boat fare: 530JPY(single)

Cable car or Chair-lift : 660JPY(Round trip)
**The ticket is common ticket for cable car and chair-lift, so what I recommend the most is, take a cable car for going up and take a chair-lift for going down.

*Instead of taking a cable car or lift, you can reach to the park about 20mins walk from Fuchu station. But this path has lots of trees that can be fall down anytime, when it's rains flash flood can be occurred, so it is your responsibility to use this path. Also I personally think going up this path is not enjoyable due to you cannot see any views and worth to pay for the ride(cable car or chair-lift).

Boathouses in Ine, Ine-no-Funaya(伊根の舟屋)

This is one of a good excursion from Amanohashidate(天橋立) or Miyazu(宮津).
About 230 boathouses exisits in Ine area.
Among many fishing villages in Japan, this is the first place chosen by the Japanese government as Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
The village is about 5km long and if you walk non-stop, it takes about 1hr(in my case). Usually people start sightseeing from "Inewan-meguri-Hide(伊根湾めぐり・日出)" bus stop. From there you can take a sightseeing boat. Please check the following link about the boat. Ine bay sightseeing boat

Getting INE by public transportation
*From Miyazu station(宮津駅) take a bus towards "Ine or Kamanyu or Kyougamisaki(伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬)" and get off at "Inewan-meguri Hide(伊根湾めぐり・日出)"

*From Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅) take a bus towards "Ine or Kamanyu or Kyougamisaki(伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬)" and get off at "Inewan-meguri Hide(伊根湾めぐり・日出)"

*By bicycle about 1hr 30mins from Amanohashidate station(through Amanohashidate)

If you are interesting to stay in the boathouse- here is one of my suggestion!

Friday, 25 January 2013

How to get to Amanohashidate(天橋立)&Miyazu(宮津) by train from Kyoto

Travel duration: approx. 2hrs
Fare(single adult)
include seat reservation (to Amanohashidate): 4500yen
                                                      (to Miyazu):4430yen
without seat reservation (to Amanohashidate): 3880yen
                                                      (to Miyazu):3810yen

If you have Japan Rail Pass(JR pass),the pass covers until Fukuchiyama(福知山).
From Fukuchiyama(福知山):
include seat reservation (to Amanohashidate): 1520yen
                                                      (to Miyazu):1450yen
without seat reservation (to Amanohashidate): 1420yen
                                                      (to Miyazu):1350yen

Following time table is for everyday, no difference between weekdays and weekends.
(Updated on 14th July 2016)
Express train to Amanohashidate&Miyazu from Kyoto (*Hashidate #9 last stop is Miyazu)
 Hashidate #1
Hashidate #3
Hashidate #5
Hashidate #7
Hashidate #9

Express train from Amanohashidate&Miyazu
 Hashidate #2
Hashidate #4
Hashidate #6
Hashidate #8
Hashidate #10(はしだて10号)

Direct bus from Kyoto

This is the cheapest way to visit Amanohashidate(天橋立) directly!
Express bus="Kousoku basu(高速バス)" in Japanese.

Duration: 2hours (toilet, free wifi are available on the bus)
Fare(one way):
From Kyoto station to Miyazu(宮津): 2600yen
From Kyoto station to Amanohashidate(天橋立): 2800yen

You can reserve your seat from 1 month before of the departure day. I personally recommend to book your seat in advance.
If you are already in Kyoto city, you can buy the ticket at "Bus ticket centre(バスチケットセンター)" which located in front of Kyoto station, besides bus terminal.
You can also reserve your seat by calling this number 0772-42-0338, if you calling from foreign phone +81 772 42 0338. (perhaps they can't speak English.....)
Possible to pay by cash on board but make sure you have exact money.
***You can also book your seat online in English now : D (Updated on 28th July 2016) Select your origin point as "Kyoto" and destination point as "Kyoto" and the bus route will be appear.
Each seat has number and driver will tell you before you get on the bus so please make sure to sit on the correct number seat. When you get on the bus, you need to show your printed out ticket or smartphone(iphone) screen of your booking to the driver. Your ticket will be send to your email address when you make a reservation.

Time schedule (Everyday)(Last updated on 26th Mar. 2017)
From Kyoto station to Miyazu station/Amanohashidate station
From Amanohashidate station/Miyazu station to Kyoto station

For April&May 2017, there will be one extra bus available, for further information please read another page of my blog.

Toriki(鳥喜)- Japanese style inn(Ryokan) with high quality Japanese cuisine+hot spring(Onsen)

This Japanese style inn has 6 rooms and it is suitable for you if you are looking for real taste of Japanese local fish cuisine (Kaiseki ryouri 懐石料理)!!
Even they have a hot spring bath inside of the inn as well. I think they have competitive price for what they offer and much worth than some fancy pricy big inns around this area especially about the meals you get(Well, if you put importance in the view from room, those fancy inns win).
I recommend you to book accommodation with 2meals due to Amanohashidate area hardly have restaurants open during the night and the morning.

This inn located only 2mins walk from Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅).
You can book online from here, Rakuten travel. (in English)

Chion-ji temple(智恩寺)

                                                                                                       This is one of the most visited temple in this area.
FREE admission.

Address:466 Monju Miyazu Kyoto (京都府宮津市字文珠466)

5mins walk from Amanohashidate(天橋立) train station. 
A sightseeing boat terminal(Amanohashidate-sanbashi天橋立桟橋) located to next to the temple.

How to get to Amanohashidate from Osaka by express train

From Osaka, I highly recommend to take the direct bus instead of trains!!
There is no direct train from Osaka!

Approx. 2hours 30mins, if you take at least one express train.
Fare: around 4510yen-5140yen(single adult),depends on trains

Here you can find all details of train time schedule and so on.
Type in "Osaka" and "Amanohashidate" or "Miyazu".
Then you can add "search details"→"order"and you can choose what is your priority "time", "transfer" or "money".

From 1st April 2014, if you are foreign visitor, you can purchase Kyoto Sea Area Pass. The pass benefit a lot for most of you. Please check on my blog page for further detail of the pass.

Farmer's market, Magokoro-ichi(まごごろ市)

In Miyazu town, there is a farmer's market called Magokoro-ichi(まごごろ市).

Address: "宮津市農産物等直売所" check this on google map and you can see the exact location.
Located near the largest shopping store around this area called "Mipple(ミップル)".
About 10mins walk(800m) from Miyazu train station.

Open 9:00-13:00(Mon,Wed, Thurs, Fri), 9:00-17:00(Sat&Sun&Public Holidays)
Closed on every Tuesday.

They sell fresh vegetables, fruits, egg, flowers, processed agricultural products, processed seafoods and Deli/Delicatessen(small packaged side dishes).
All the foods are 100% locally produced so the variety of the foods are always depends on the season.

Visiting in the morning is recommendable. (the official website in Japanese)


Hospital in Miyazu

Takeda Hospital=Takeda byouin(武田病院)
If you need to visit doctor, this hospital offers several different specialties.
  • Internal medicine 内科
  • Gastroenterology 消化器内科
  • Cardiology 循環器内科
  • Surgery 外科
  • Gastroenterological surgery 消化器外科
  • Proctology 肛門外科
  • Dermatology 皮膚科
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery形成外科
  • Orthopaedics 整形外科
  • Urology 泌尿器科
  • Anesthesiology 麻酔科
Address:2059-1 Tsuruga, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市鶴賀2059-1)
              3mins walk from Miyazu train station.
Reception time 8:30-11:30&13:30-16:30 (Monday to Friday), 8:30-11:30(Saturday)
Clinical services 9:00-12:00&14:00-17:00(Monday to Friday), 9:00-12:0(Saturday)
Closed:Sunday&Public holidays
Official website available only in Japanese.
Emergency call ambulance is 119 in everywhere in Japan.
Landline telephone is better to use since it will be connect directly to the area office where you are.

Modern Japanese rich cuisine restaurant, Yusai(幽斎)

If you would like to taste good (Japanese) creative cuisine+ view of the sea, visit here!
They mainly use local ingredients, such as vegetables, fish and alcohol...etc.
You will be served in private room and each room has ocean view.
They offer course meal so usually takes about couple of hours to finish eating.
If you are eating dinner, I recommend you to arrive before it's get dark in outside to enjoy the view.

Lunch time: 12:00-14:30, Dinner time: 18:00-21:00
Prices(per person)
Mini lunch: from 3150yen~
Lunch course:5250yen, 7350yen
Dinner course: 6300yen, 8400yen, 10500yen
Reservation is necessary.
Please call this number to make a reservation, 0772-46-6878(9:00-23:00)
Address:2653 Suzu, Miyazu, Kyoto (京都府宮津市須津2653) Click here for the map! (There is no correct online map now except the map I am showing!)  
*15mins(1.2km) walk from Amanohashidate(天橋立) train station.
*1min by bus from Amanohashidate station, take a bus "Ine/Kamanyu/Kyougamisaki line伊根・蒲入・経ヶ岬線 or Mineyama line峰山線" and get off at "Nihonmatsu二本松", then walk 1min(100m). Bus fare 150yen/single
It is also possible to stay at Yusai(幽斎), they provides you both dinner and breakfast(inclusive in the price of accommodation).
They only take two groups every day.
Each room come with private bath&toilet and relaxing space on the ground floor and first floor is bedroom.
Price: From 19950yen/person~ depends on what kind of course meal....

You can book online from Rakuten Travel(only available in Japanese).
They have homepage (in Japanese).


Aquarium, Uocchikan(魚っ知館)

About 6000 fish of approx. 300 sorts, you can see in this aquarium. There is a shallow pool located in the outside, at there you can touch some of the fish.

TIPS: In June 2013, a penguin baby was born :) This is not a big aquarium but you can stay close and watch sea animals as long as you want without crowds ;)

Open: 9:00-17:00
Closed: every WED&THU, when WED or THU is a public holiday next weekday will be closed. 
             29th Dec-3rd Jan.
Feeding time(about 10mins): 13:15(the biggest water tank), 11:00&16:00(Penguin, Seal)

Address:1001 Odashukuno Miyazu Kyoto(京都府宮津市小田宿野1001)

From Amanohashidate(天橋立), take a train until Kunda station(栗田駅) then take a bus towards "Shimakage(島陰)" and get off at "Oda-syukuno(小田宿野)" then walk 3mins(280m).
Train fare:200yen/single, Bus fare:200yen/single

Bicycle is the best way to get there if you don't have a car!
From Miyazu station to the aquarium. This bicycle route is about 10km.
*destination point B should be at the Dolphin marked point...

Coin locker in Amanohashidate&Miyazu

Coin locker = Koinlokka(コインロッカー) 
At Amanohashidate train station, there are two places both of them located in outside of the station.
1:Left side of the station, next to toilet&police station.
2:Right side of the station towards a hot spring spot called "Chie-no-yu(智恵の湯)".

Open:24rs(Although, you can't get any help except Amanohashidate Tourist Information operation hours 9:00-18:00/365days)
Price(one time, one day): 300yen (small) 400yen (medium), you can store your luggage up to 3 days.
Payment: 100yen coin only!

If you have a big luggage which cannot fit into the coin locker in Amanohashidate, you can ask at two souvenier shops accross the station. The cost is usually up to 500yen/bag, not possible to store overnight. Both of the shops only have Japanese signs.
*Surumeya(するめや)- Go out from station and take a right and cross the road and you will pass orange JP sign(Japan post office) then soon you will find on your left. This shop is on the way to Amanohashidate itself.
*Chiekurabe(智恵くらべ)-Go out from station and take a left and you will see this store opposite side of the bus stop.
At Miyazu train station, opposite side of ticket machine, you will see the coin locker.
Open 6:00-22:00
Price: 300yen(small), 400yen(medium)
Payment: 100yen coin only!

The biggest shopping market called "Mipple" also provide FREE coin locker, you get money back after you used.
Open 10:00-20:00
Location: Ground floor(under the escalator) of Mipple,
                3012 Hamamachi, Miyazu, Kyoto (京都府宮津市浜町3012)

Organically produced vinegars from iiojozo(飯尾醸造)

120 years of history of making vinegar and already 50 years since when they started to make organically produced vinegar.
Their homepage in Japanese.
You can also look PDF file info by clicking here.
(They produce vinegar not only from rice: apple, black beans,fig, purple sweet potato and pomegrante.)

There is a possibility to visit the brewery. A lady who can speak English is in the brewery so if you prefer to do a brewery tour in English, better to contact them before you visit.
If you are visiting by more than 5 people, recommendable to call them before!
And if you are more than 10 people, please make a reservation.

Opening hours
Weekdays&Saturday 9:00-12:00, 13:00-17:00
Closed on Sunday&Public holidays

Duration of brewery tour: about 30mins
After the tour, if you wish, you can purchase their products by 10% off from the original price. You can't get this discount nowhere in Japan except this place.

When you make a reservation, please write "蔵見学申し込み(this means apply to brewery tour)" and number of people and when you are visiting.
Fax: 0772-25-1414

Address: Odashukuno, 373, Miyazu, Kyoto, Japan (京都府宮津市小田宿野373)

☆From Miyazu(宮津) train station about 10mins by taxi.
☆From Miyazu station by bicycle about 45mins.
☆If you walk from Kunda station(栗田駅) about 35mins, 3km.
☆From Kunda station(栗田駅) you can take a bus line called Shimakage-Shingu sen(島陰・新宮線) and get off at Koukaido-mae(公会堂前) or tell the driver you want to visit iiojozo(飯尾醸造).
The bus is only three times a day to get there.
Depart from Kunda station 9:44/14:56/16:05, about 15mins ride.
From the bus stop about 200m. From the main road where you get off the bus, firstly go straight (the pink line on the map) then turn right twice to get to the entrance.


Rental bicycle

Cycling is the one of the best way to explore this area, if you have no access to car.

Around Amanohashidate(天橋立) train station, many shops where you can hire bicycles.
Average cost: 400yen/bike(2hrs), then 200yen/hour after the first 2hrs.

In Miyazu area:
Michi-no-eki Umi-no-Kyoto-Miyazu(道の駅 海の京都 宮津)which is located opposite side of a shopping centre called "Mipple". About 12mins walk(950m) from Miyazu station.
Price: 400yen/bike(2hrs), then 100yen/hour after the first 2hrs.
Or you can rent for a day(need to return until 17:30):1000yen/bike.

Many of inns in Amanohashidate&Miyazu area offers rental bikes for their guests as well.

◆Bicycle drunk driving is illegal in Japan◆
Please take left side of the road. You should follow the direction which car is taking. Although on pavement, you can cycle to both directions.

Japanese style inn, Kitanoya(北野屋)

This inn located at the top of  a hill so you can see a good view of Amanohashidate.
You can reach to the inn about 5mins by walk from Amanohashidate train station or there is pick up service available(need reservation).
They have own website in English, please see the detail at the website.

Kaisenkyou bridge(廻旋橋)

When you are going to walk on Amanohashidate from Amanohashidate station side, you will see the red painted bridge.
This bridge turn around 90 degree when the boats are going through.
In old time, it was manpowered process to turn the bridge but nowaways the bridge turned by electoricity.


Hot spring, Chie-no-yu (智恵の湯)

-This is a small hot spring spot located next to the Amanohashidate train station.
No mixed bath.
Open: 12:00-22:00 (weekdays, Last admission time 21:00),
12:00-21:00 (weekends&public holidays)
Closed: every Wed(except Public Holidays).
You can hire a towel from them with a little cost.
FREE to use shampoo&conditioner, body soap and hair dryer.
Price: 700yen/person *CAUTION* If you took or take train from Amanohashidate station, when you buying train ticket(or way out from platform), you can ask for discount coupon. With this coupon 700yen→600yen.
Also combination ticket is available(Hot spring&Amanohashidate view land) , please see the detail here!



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Heartwarming character

Yurukyara(ゆるキャラ)= Heartwarming character, you can see many of these characters in everywhere in Japan. Each of them are unique and appealing their home town or area.

In Amanohashidate&Miyazu area, you will see  "Kasabou(かさぼう)" He is an elf of pine corn.
In the Kasamatu park(傘松公園), there are sweets with shape of Kasabou and you can buy some souvenier of Kasabou. Some weekends and holiday season, you can meet him at the Kasamatsu Park.
There are some stone statue of him as well. I don't have a picture but when you use chair-lift to go up to the park, you will see very little cute one!(I personally think ;))
In Ine area, you will see the character called "Funayan(ふなやん)" He is a boathouse elf with a fishing rod. He is good at fishing but some children cry when they saw him because he is quite big and most of time he has problem with going through doors :D He is cute and soft! You can purchase his goods in Ine.

From Osaka(Itami) airport by direct bus!!

Direct bus available everyday!
The bus company called "Tango kairiku koutsu(丹後海陸交通)" although people usually call "Tankai(丹海)".

Duration: approx. 2hours (Toilet is available on the bus)
Fare(single, adult): to Miyazu(宮津): 2400yen
to Amanohashidate(天橋立): 2450yen

You can reserve your seat from 1 month before of the departure day. I personally recommend to book your seat in advance.
You can reserve your seat by calling this number 0772-42-0338, if you calling from foreign phone +81 772 42 0338. (perhaps they can't speak English.....)
If you make reservation through phone, you need to pay by cash on the board and make sure you have exact amount of money.

Time schedule(Everyday)
From Osaka(Itami) airport(大阪(伊丹)空港)
Osaka(Itami) airport(大阪(伊丹)空港) 13:53 18:43
Miyazu eki (宮津駅) 15:58 20:48
Amanohashidate eki mae(天橋立駅前) 16:07 20:57

From Amanohashidate(天橋立), Miyazu(宮津)
Amanohashidate eki mae(天橋立駅前) 6:45 12:45
Miyazu eki (宮津駅) 6:54 12:54
Osaka(Itami) airport(大阪(伊丹)空港) 8:59 14:59

Withdraw cash from ATM

In Tango, you can find post office's ATMs which accept credit, debit and ATM cards, which are issued outside of Japan. English menu available. You need your card's 4-digit PIN.
VISA, VISAELECTRON, PLUS, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, China Unionpay and DISCOVER.

7-eleven store's ATM which offers 24/7 are not exists in Tango region so please make sure, you have enough cash with you before you leave major cities or check out post office's ATMs opening hours carefully!

Recently it is also possible to withdraw money from ATM at Lawson(convenience store). Although they are located in not easy access by public transportation in Tango. If you still interested to look at, please check out their official website in English.

Here is some lists of the ATMs in Tango:
Main post office in Miyazu, located in 300m from main entrance of Miyazu train station.
Address:2070-9 Tsuruga Miyazu Kyoto 626-8799 (〒626-8799 京都府宮津市鶴賀2070-9)
Open: 8:45-19:00(weekdays), 9:00-17:00(weekends&public holidays)

Post office located in west Miyazu, 300m from bus stop (Kisenba minatokan キセンバ港館)
Address: 1243 Shirakase Miyazu Kyoto 626-0011(〒626-0011 京都府宮津市白柏1243)
Open: 9:00-17:30(weekdays), 9:00-12:30(Saturday)

Post office's ATM located in shopping mall "Mipple", grand floor of the building, next to a flower shop.
Address: 3012 Hamamachi Miyazu Kyoto 626-0012 (〒626-0012 京都府宮津市浜町3012)
Open: 9:00-20:00(Everyday)

Amanohashidate post office located in opposite side of Amanohashidare station.
Address:640-51 Monju Miyazu Kyoto 626-0001 (〒626-0001京都府宮津市文珠640-51)
Open:9:00-17:30(weekdays), 9:00-17:00(Saturday)

When you are in Fuchu area of Amanohashidate where Kasamatsu park and Kono shrine is located, this post office is the closest for you.
Address: 433 Ejiri Miyazu Kyoto 629-2244 (〒629-2244京都府宮津市江尻433)
Open: 9:00-17:30(weekdays), 9:00-12:30(Saturday)

(Info updated on 29th Oct. 2016)

Japanese oil sardine from Takenaka-kanzume(竹中缶詰)

One of the most popular souvenier from this region.

All of sardines are picked and packed very carefully in a tin by hands instead of machine.

High quality and you can buy at many souvenier shops and supermarkets in the region as well.

You can eat it simply without adding anything also can use for salad, pasta as well.

Direct bus from Osaka

This is the one of the cheapest way to visit Amanohashidate(天橋立)&Miyazu(宮津) directly!
Express bus="Kousoku basu(高速バス)" in Japanese.

Duration: approx. 2hours 30mins (toilet, free wifi are available on the bus)
Fare(single, adult):
From Osaka to Miyazu:2600yen
From Osaka to Amanohashidate:2650yen

You can reserve your seat from 1 month before of the departure day. I personally recommend to book your seat in advance.
If you are already in Osaka city, you can buy the ticket at "Hankyu sanbangai kousoku basu taminaru(阪急三番街高速バスターミナル)" which located in the ground floor of Hankyu train Umeda station(see the access map below).
You can also reserve your seat by calling this number 0772-42-0338, if you calling from foreign phone +81 772 42 0338. (perhaps they can't speak English.....)
If you make reservation through phone, you need to pay by cash on the board and make sure you have exact amount of money.
***You can also book your seat online in English now : D (Updated on 28th July 2016) Select your origin point as "Osaka" and destination point as "Kyoto" and the bus route will be appear.
Each seat has number and driver will tell you before you get on the bus so please make sure to sit on the correct number seat. When you get on the bus, you need to show your printed out ticket or smartphone(iphone) screen of your booking to the driver. Your ticket will be send to your email address on the day before your departure day.

Access to the bus terminal:
Please see the map below. On the map, the terminal is located on "I-6" and you can see a symbol of express bus(bus with pink background).
From JR Osaka station, it takes about 5mins for me although for someone who don't know the area, perhaps better to have about 20mins. Also I recommend you to go to toilet before you go to the terminal because there is only Japanese style toilet and also small with stairs(I went there in 2014 so can be changed).

Time table(Everyday)(Last updated on 3rd July 2016)
From Osaka/Hankyu Umeda(大阪・阪急梅田)
Osaka/Hankyu Umeda(大阪・阪急梅田) 9:50 13:20 18:10
Miyazu station (宮津駅) 12:21 15:58 20:48
Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅前) 12:30 16:07 20:57

From Amanohashidate(天橋立), Miyazu(宮津)
Amanohashidate station (天橋立駅前) 6:45 12:45 16:45
Miyazu station  (宮津駅) 6:54 12:54 16:54
Osaka/Hankyu Umeda(大阪・阪急梅田) 9:21 15:21 19:25

Amanohashidate Supreme pass 1day, 2days

Official name of the Pass:Amanohashidate marugoto furii pasu(天橋立まるごとフリーパス)
Price 1day: 3090yen(Adult)
         2days(two consecutive days):4430yen(Adult)
*Non-refundable, Non-rebookable, you need to validate the pass within 3months

You can travel as much as you like with following transportation;
All Tantetsu trains (京都丹後鉄道)
Express*non-reserved seat(特急自由席)

Tankai bus(丹後海陸交通/丹海バス)
Miyazu station(宮津駅)
Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅)
Kasamatsu cable-shita(傘松ケーブル下)
Mountain bus(登山バス)*Must be pay admission fee to the temple to get on this bus cause of the bus running on a private road of the temple(400yen/person).
  • Kasamatsu Park(傘松バス駅)-Nariaiji Temple(成相寺)

Amanohashidate sightseeing boat(天橋立観光船)
  • Miyazu sanbashi(宮津桟橋)-Amanohashidate sanbashi(天橋立桟橋)-Ichinomiya sanbashi(一の宮桟橋)
Cable car&Chair lift(ケーブル・リフト)
  • Fuchu eki(府中駅)~Kasamatsu eki(傘松駅)
Also the 2day pass include one time FREE admission to a hot spring, Chie no yu(知恵の湯) and the passes entitles you to a discount in about 46 restaurants&attractions&shops...

Buying the passes: Tankai bus information centre in Miyazu(丹海バス 宮津案内所),
                               Sightseeing boat at Amanohashidate(天橋立観光船のりば),
                               Following 8 stations of KTR
  • Fukuchiyama(福知山)
  • Nishimaizuru(西舞鶴)
  • Miyazu(宮津)
  • Amanohashidate(天橋立)
  • Mineyama(峰山)
  • Amino(網野駅)
  • Kizuonsen(木津温泉)
  • Toyooka(豊岡)
Well, I personally think you perhaps would like to purchase the ticket before your trip start because otherwise you must get off from the express train and wait another 1hr at least.
So I checked(called) where you can buy the ticket at Kyoto station(京都駅).
*Japan travel-TiS-Kyoto(日本旅行TiS京都支店)
Located in the main entrance(Karasuma exit) of Kyoto station.
OPEN:11:00-19:00(everyday) CLOSED:31st Dec-3rd Jan
Credit card accepted.