Thursday, 28 March 2013

Are you visiting Amanohashidate(天橋立)?

Until 20th April 2013, the tourist office at Amanohashidate train station is doing a survey of international tourists and it takes you only few minutes to fill in the form and you can get a FREE T-shirt of Amanohashidate :)
The tourist office is OPEN 9:00-18:00 every day.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Japanese(Kaiseki&Sushi) restaurant

This restaurant serves reasonable price Kaiseki&Sushi. All the dishes are freshly made at the restaurant. No pre-made dishes.

Open 11:00-14:00, 17:00-21:00
Closed: every Tuesday&2nd Monday of every month(when public holiday on Tuesday, they close on Wed instead of Tue)
Address:146 Amino, Amino, Kyotango, Kyoto(京都府京丹後市網野町網野146)
Access: 12mins(1km) walk from Amino(網野) train station

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Camping site 7mins walk from Amanohashidate
Name of the camping site:

OPEN: April to November

Capacity: 60 tents

Facility: hot shower, toilet, small kitchen space

Price(per night):1500yen/person

Booking is NOT possible. NO rental camp equipments at the site.


ADDRESS:542 Monju, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市文珠542) Click the address for the MAP!

ACCESS:7mins walk from Amanohashidate(天橋立) train station

FREE wifi spot!!

You need to register your device before you leave your home!
Please click here and you will see how to register and wifi spots map of all over Japan in English!

Perhaps you will use at least one of train station while you are visiting Tango, both of them are FREE wifi spot!!
*Amanohashidate train station(天橋立駅)
*Miyazu train station(宮津駅)

Youth Hostel - Hashiudosou(はしうど荘)

This youth hostel has hot spring with nice view of ocean! + 1 min to the beach!!
Price(per night):
(YH member) 3960yen/person, (Non-YH member) 3360yen/person
Admission fee to the hot spring 150yen/person for the over-night staying guests.
Reservation is necessary for the meals! Breakfast:760yen/person Dinner:1260yen/person

Location&Access: Please click here!

The official website(in Japanese).

Castle in Fukuchiyama

"Fukuchiyama-jo(福知山城)"= Fukuchiyama castle's  history dates to 1579.
The castle you can see now is rebuilt in 1986 by the donation from Fukuchiyama city citizen.
9:00-17:00(last admission 16:30)

every TUE(when TUE is public holiday they close on WED), 28th-31st Dec, 4th-6th Jan


15mins walk from Fukuchiyama(福知山) train station

Would you like to stay longer in seaside of Kyoto?

Amanohashidate Youth hostel requires Volounteer worker while holiday period in Japan. (Spring, Summer and Winter)
There is FREE accommodation&food in exchange for work. The work includes cleaning and meal preparation.
They have experience to accept international volounteer workers in the past, for example from Germany, Finland, Belgium, Russia.....
If you are interested, please contact them directly by email!

Monday, 11 March 2013

150 thousand(150000) Sunflowers in a field!!

Dates 2013: 3rd(Sat) August - 6th August

Admission fee 2013: 200yen/person

Address: Located the north of Refre-kayanosato(リフレかやの里)
1730 Kanaya, Yosano, Yosa, Kyoto

Access: Please check the page of Refre-kayanosato(リフレかやの里) 

Kumano Sake brewery(熊野酒造)

This brewery has been honoured by a number of awards.
If you make a reservation a tour and tasting is possible.

Address :
45-1, Kumihama, Kyotango, Kyoto 京都府京丹後市久美浜町45-1
Access :
10mins(1km) walk from "Kumihama(久美浜)" train station..
Fee :
Official website in Japanese

Friday, 8 March 2013

From 16th March 2013

Local bus time schedules and some of bus stops name will be change!!
So if you are going to use old guide books or information, please be careful!

1.5km long beach in Tango-Yura
The beach is called "Tango-Yura-kaisui-yokujo丹後由良海水浴場". The water is clear and gentle waves on the beach.
Facility(Available to use during peak season):
Shower, changing room, toilets, shop for snacks&drinks and First-Aid office.
Yura, Miyazu, Kyoto(京都府宮津市由良) Click here for MAP!
10mins(650m) walk from Tango-Yura(丹後由良) train station

Swim in the Wakasa-wan Quasi National park!!

This beach is called "Kanzaki-kaisui-yokujo神崎海水浴場". Located in the Quasi national park, 2km long shallow beach and pine-forest. The biggest beach in Maizuru(舞鶴) city.

Facility(Available during peak season):
Shower, Toilets, Changing room, Shop for snacks&drinks and First-Aid office
Kanzakihama, Maizuru, Kyoto京都府舞鶴市神崎浜 Click here for MAP!
10mins walk from Tango-Kanzaki(丹後神崎) train station

Enjoy swim in one of the three most beautiful view spots in Japan, Amanohashidate!

The beach called "Amanohashidate-kaisui-yokujo天橋立海水浴場".
Facility:(Available during the peak season, around mid-July until mid-Aug. )
Shower, Toilets, Changing room, Shop for snacks&drinks and First-Aid office
Monju, Miyazu, Kyoto京都府宮津市文殊 Click here for MAP!
7mins walk from Amanohashidate station(天橋立駅)

Swim in unique beautiful scenic spot!

The beach is called "Hei-kaisui-yokujo平海水浴場". This is the biggest and beautiful beach in the area. There is a view in the beach which looks similar to one of the three most beautiful view spot in Japan called "Matsushima(松島)".
Facility(Available during peak season):
Shower, Toilets, Changing room
Hei, Tango, Kyotango, Kyoto京都府京丹後市丹後町平 Click here for MAP! 
45mins by bus from Mineyama station(峰山駅). Take a bus "Kaigan line海岸線" towards "Kyougamisaki(経ヶ岬行き)" and get off at "Hei(平)". Bus fare: 200yen/single

2km long beach with some rocks
The beach is called "Hamazume-kaisui-yokujo浜詰海水浴場".
Shallow beach, even popular for fishing not only swimming! Close to famous sunset place called "Yuhigaura-kaigan夕日ヶ浦海岸". In the area, several beautiful sunset points exists.

Facility(Available only in the peak season) :
Shower, Toilets, Changing room, shop for snacks&drinks and First-Aid office
Hamazume, Amino, Kyotango, Kyoto京都府京丹後市網野町浜詰 Click here for MAP! Unfortunately, googleMap showing the wrong location so please use my map!
15mins walk from Tango-Kitsuonsen(丹後木津温泉) train station

Sea Kayak tour in Amanohashidate
Enjoy watching the beautiful sandbar with 8000 pine trees from Sea Kayak in Amanohashidate! The area has a calm sea and easy for beginners to join!!

Dates 2013:
7th&21st September, 5th&19th October

The fee includes: Instruction, Rental fee of equipment&sea-kayak and insurance  

Duration: 2hrs 30mins

Time: 13:30-16:00

Participants: Minimum 4 people, maximum 8 people

Requirement:Ability to swim

Meeting point: Amanohashidate Youth Hostel

To book: Please contact Amanohashidate Youth Hostel!!

I personally suggest some equipment to bring,
• Towel
• Long-sleeves
• Cap
• Sun-glasses
• Sun-screen
• Personal water bottle 
Some extra dry clothes if you get wet(They officially asking participants to bring this!!) 

Combination ticket(Hot Spring&View Spot) in Amanohashidate

The ticket is called "Amanohashidate-yuyu-chiketto天橋立【湯・遊チケット】".
This ticket entitles you to access

Price: 1000yen/person
You will save 550yen with this ticket than original admission fee!!
You don't need to visit two places in one day! For example, you can visit the hot spring in next day. So if you are plan to visit both of places while you are staying in Amanohashidate, I highly recommend this ticket!

To Purchase:
*Information at Amanohashidate train station(天橋立駅案内所)
*Amanohashidate view land(天橋立ビューランド)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

From Kansai airport

There is no direct public transportation from Kansai airport.
You need to go to Osaka first, then please see "direction from Osaka".
From Osaka by trains
From Osaka by direct bus

By airport shuttle bus from Kansai airport to Osaka
Duration: about 1hour
Bus stop #5
Fee:1500yen/single adult
Time table
Bus map
Get off at Hotel New Hankyu(新阪急ホテル).

By direct train(Kankuu kaisoku(関空快速)) from Kansai airport to Osaka
Duration: about 1 hour
Fee:1160yen/ single adult
Time table
Please type, From"Kansai airport", to "Osaka" then you can find the name of train "JR Kansai airport rapid service".

Japanese Plum Blossoms

Here in Tango(丹後) region, having spring weather and Japanese Plum Blossoms are started blooming!! (Pictures from 5th March 2013)

Ferry between KYOTO(京都) and HOKKAIDO(北海道)

This is the cheapest way to travel Kyoto(Maizuru舞鶴) & Hokkaido(Otaru小樽)!!

If you are visiting for skiing, some express bus runs between Otaru to Niseko.

Duration of the trip: about 20hours
Time schedule:
From Maizuru to Otaru
From Otaru to Maizuru
23:30(depart)- 21:00(arrive in the next day)(Until 30th Sep 2014)
23:30(depart)- 21:15(arrive in the next day)(From 1st Oct 2014)
Please check actual schedule from the official website!

Facility of the ferry:
Restaurant, Café, Public Bath&Sauna,Information centre, kiosk, vending machine, Laundry, Children's play room.... Cabins are all non-smoking!!

PRICE(one way):
9570yen~/person in Dormitory style cabin(include. blanket, sheets and pillow). The price can be changed by the seasonality.
Usually female dormitory or mix dormitory, you can choose.
Facility:Luggage shelf

15940yen~/person in single room cabin(include. blanket, sheets and pillow). The price can be changed by the seasonality.
Facility: Luggage shelf&TV
More different types of cabins are available, and please visit their official website for further details!!
The official website. (Please click the "English" located above on the page, then you can see English brochure)

Access: From Higashimaizuru(東舞鶴) train station to Maizuru port(Maizuru-ko舞鶴港) about 30mins(2.3km) walk. 5mins by taxi(approx.1000yen).
When it is holiday season in Japan, there is a shuttle bus between the station and the port. (approx. Single ticket 200yen/person, 10mins)
*At a port in Otaru/Hokkaido, shuttle bus leaves at 21:30 to Otaru train station. 220yen/person. 30mins.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Rent a bicycle and drop off at any of 6 stations!!
1 bicycle station in Amanohashidate area& 5 bicycle stations located in Nodagawa(野田川) area where famous for producing Kimono fabric(Crape) called Tango-chirimen(丹後ちりめん) "Crape is a silk fabric used to produce rich Kimono." 1/3 of silk fabric of Japan is made in this area!

You can rent a bike from one of the 6 stations and return to one of the stations.
The stations CLOSED January&February&March.
OPEN 10:00-15:00(to rent), until 17:00(to return)
Cost: 200yen/bike *Once you return a bike to one of the station and would like to rent a bike again, you need to pay next 200yen/bike

1.Michinoeki-shirukunomachikaya(道の駅シルクのまちかや) 200m from Steam train museum
2.Yosano Tourist office(Yosanocyo-kanko-kyokai与謝野町観光協会)
3.Nodagawa forest park(野田川フォレストパーク)
5.Nodagawa train station(野田川駅)
Please click here for the stations MAP!

Steam train museum

*Kaya-SL(steam locomotive) Hiroba(加悦SL広場)
You can step into the most of trains. Some of them are shipped from UK and used in Japan. You can also see the first electronic train in Japan(1895) which ran in Kyoto city(perhaps you will recognise there is no tram on the street anymore in Kyoto city while you travel, they closed down in 1978).
Train restaraunt&café available(OPEN 8:00-18:00, CLOSED on Wed*if Wed is public holiday, they are closed on Thursday instead).

Open 10:00-17:00
Admission fee: 300yen/person
Address:941-2 Taki,Yosano,Yoza,Kyoto(京都府与謝郡与謝野町字滝941-2)
From Nodagawa(野田川) station, take a bus towards "Yoza与謝行 or Kyouei-koukou-mae共栄高校前行" about 30mins and get off at "SL-hiroba-nishi(SL広場西)". Bus fare:400yen/single