Saturday, 29 October 2016

Tips for a day tripper to Amanohashidate in autumn&winter

If you are visiting Amanohashidate from Kyoto or Osaka as a day trip,
PLEASE make sure you are going to arrive at Amanohashidate in the morning or at latest in noon. Especially if you are plan to walk through Amanohashidate itself (pine tree forest).
And I don't recommend you to try visiting both Amanohashidate&Ine by a day trip from Kyoto or Osaka, that is tooooooooo rush. Due to sunset is earlier and closing time of everything is earlier in winter.
Sunset is around 16:45-17:00. Many shops or restaurants start closing around 15:00-16:00.

ALTHOUGH, I really love view of sunset from Kasamatsu park in autumn, romantic and calm down atmosphere. Of course, the day view is must see thing(bridge to heaven) in here so if you are staying overnight in Tango region, I highly recommend to visit Kasamatsu park twice, once for a day and another for before sunset. If you are visiting for the sunset, make sure wear warm clothes. The last cable car to go down from Kasamatsu park is at 17:00(in November) which means the park close by 17:00, don't miss it! 

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Tango Free private guided tour in November 2016(part 1)

Available date:
2nd(Wed), 7th(Mon), 9th(Wed)

Price: Donation to keep update my blog, whatever you feel is fair.

Available meeting point:
Miyazu station or within Miyazu downtown or Amanohashidate station

Tour languages:





The tour can be a half day or a full day, depends on your preference.
I will plan route by your request, your group cannot be bigger than 6 people.
The tour route cannot exceed area of Tango region.
Reservation: kyotosea@gmail.com
Please apply by email at latest 17:00(Japan time) of the day before of the tour.
**If you need to cancel the tour, please cancel by email at latest 17:00(Japan time) of the day before of the tour.

Please include following information in the email:
1. Name of all the guests
2. Your email address
3. Your nationality
4. Requested date and time(most of sightseeing places start closing or closed around 15:00-16:00)
5. Meeting point(can be your accommodation)
6. Destination or sightseeing spots which you are interested

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Tango Free private guided tour in October 2016

Available date:
20th(Thu), 24th(Mon), 29th(Sat)

Price: Donation to keep update my blog, whatever you feel is fair.

Available meeting point:
Miyazu station or within Miyazu downtown or Amanohashidate station

Tour languages:




The tour can be a half day or a full day, depends on your preference.
I will plan route by your request, your group cannot be bigger than 6 people.
The tour route cannot exceed area of Tango region.
Reservation: kyotosea@gmail.com
Please apply by email at latest 17:00(Japan time) of the day before of the tour.
**If you need to cancel the tour, please cancel by email at latest 17:00(Japan time) of the day before of the tour.

Please include following information in the email:
1. Name of all the guests
2. Your email address
3. Your nationality
4. Requested date and time(most of sightseeing places start closing or closed around 15:00-16:00)
5. Meeting point(can be your accommodation)
6. Destination or sightseeing spots which you are interested

30th October 2016



Local gourmet competition will be held in Miyazu. The title of event is called "Gurume-gassen(グルメ合戦)". About 20 different food stalls will be expected to sell local foods. Each food costs around 100JPY to 500JPY. After eating, you vote for the food stall which you liked.
Time: 9:00-15:00
Location: Area around ”Michi-no-eki Umi-no-Kyoto(道の駅 海の京都)”
Access:
From Miyazu station walk about 10mins.
From Amanohashidate station, take a bus toward Kamimiyazu(上宮津) and get off at Kisenba-minato-kan(キセンバ港館) and walk about 1min. Bus fare(single) 200JPY/person.

Experience local food and products in Miyazu

Date: 22nd&23rd October 2016
Time: 10:00-17:00(22nd), 10:00-16:00(23rd)
The market is called "Tango-no-eemon-umaimon(丹後のええもん・うまいもん), Tango good goods". This market is good for if you are interested to discover local food and local craft :)
Location: Miyazu City Gym(Miyazu-shimin-taiikukan宮津市民体育館)
Access:
From Miyazu station walk about 10mins.
From Amanohashidate station, take a bus toward Kamimiyazu(上宮津) and get off at Kisenba-minato-kan(キセンバ港館) and walk about 1min. Bus fare(single) 200JPY/person.

Tatami mat floor train???

http://trains.willer.co.jp/attendant/%E3%81%8A%E5%BA%A7%E6%95%B7%E3%80%802016.10%20%282%29.JPG
Interested to ride on a train which you can only see in Japan? 
It is called Ozashiki-ressha(お座敷列車) in Japanese, the train has tatami-mat floor and take off your shoes when you ride on. This train runs only seasonally, on the timetable, it is written Akamatsu#1 and #2. 
Date: 
everyday(except 27th Nov.) until 30th Nov. 2016

Timetable:
YELLOW means stations connect to JR.

Akamatsu#1Akamatsu#2
Nishimaizuru西舞鶴10:2715:20
Tango-yura丹後由良10:5214:51
Kunda栗田11:0314:41
Miyazu宮津11:0914:25
Amanohashidate天橋立11:1814:18
Iwatakiguchi岩滝口11:3514:14
Mineyama峰山11:5813:54
Amino網野12:0713:47
Kumihama久美浜12:3213:22
Toyooka豊岡12:4713:07


Fare: To ride on this train, you need to pay 310JPY/person extra, addition to the ordinal train fare.

Miyazu Flea market&Farmer's(fisherman) market

http://www.amanohashidate.jp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/IMG_0893.jpg
Date: 27th Novemeber 2016
Time: 10:00-14:00
The market is called "Miyazu Eemon-ichi(宮津ええもん市)". Food stalls are available. This market is good for if you are interested to discover local food :) Some popular products are sold out within 30mins after the opening.
Location: Miyazu City Gym(Miyazu-shimin-taiikukan宮津市民体育館)
Access:
From Miyazu station walk about 10mins.
From Amanohashidate station, take a bus toward Kamimiyazu(上宮津) and get off at Kisenba-minato-kan(キセンバ港館) and walk about 1min. Bus fare(single) 200JPY/person.

ONI(Japanese demon) festival

http://www.geocities.jp/k_saito_site/ftsgw00141.jpg

http://blog-imgs-61.fc2.com/y/s/g/ysgardening/ooe3b.jpg
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Date: 30th October 2016
Time: 10:00-15:00
Access: The festival held at two different area.
Main area is located around Oe station(大江駅). To get to sub area, take a bus from Oe station about 30mins and get off at "Oe-yama-no-ie(大江山の家)". Bus fare(single)=200JPY/person.

What I recommend the most about this is not the event itself(well of course you can visit the event if you are interested), this day is the easiest to get to the area where you can enjoy autumn leaves in Mt.Oe. From the sub area of the festival, about 10mins walk and you can visit the suspension bridge which in the picture above(look for the sign, Futasegawa-keiryu, 二瀬川渓流). Around the bridge, there is an easy trekking route which takes about 1hr.
**In the mountain, there are many wild animals are living so I don't recommend you travel alone and please tell your accommodation staff where you are going and please say hello to everyone who you meet at there(this is unspoken rule in mountain in Japan, to avoid nobody knows about where you gone, in case of emergency).
If you are visiting not on this day, you can see autumn leaves usually around end of October to end of November. Please get off the bus at Onigachaya(鬼ヶ茶屋) and walk about 5mins for the suspension bridge. Also turn on radio loudly to avoid meeting bear.

Shuttle bus timetable from Oe station to Oe-yama-no-ie(only available on 30th Oct. 2016)
9:00/10:00/11:50/13:20/14:30/16:10
Shuttle bus timetable from Oe-yama-no-ie to Oe station(only available on 30th Oct. 2016)
8:00/9:30/10:30/12:20/13:50/15:10/16:50

Bus timetable from Oe station to Onigachaya(鬼ヶ茶屋) for year-round
7:15/8:10/11:06/12:50/13:50/15:30/17:50
Bus timetable from Onigachaya(鬼ヶ茶屋) to Oe station for year-round
7:35/8:30/11:26/13:10/14:20/15:50/18:10

Monday, 17 October 2016

23rd October 2016

Time: 10:00-14:00
Ine-no-umyaa-mon Matsuri(伊根のうみゃーもん祭) = Farmer(Fisherman)'s market will be held in Ine. The market will be held at around Ine Town council. From there you can also walk to Hide pier where is departure point for sightseeing boat of Ine.
Access: From Miyazu station or Amanohashidate station, take a bus to Ine and get off at "Ine Shinryojo(伊根診療所)". Bus fare(oneway): 400JPY/person
http://www.inekankou.jp/view/%E4%BC%8A%E6%A0%B9%E3%81%AE%E3%81%86%E3%81%BF%E3%82%83%E3%83%BC%E3%82%82%E3%82%93%E7%A5%AD/


Illuminated event at Nariai-ji Temple


Date:
5th&6th Nov. 2016
Time:
from sunset to 21:00

I highly recommended this event to enjoy autumn leaves in Tango region :) The temple located in a mountain so please prepare warm clothe. Please note, the last public bus from "Amanohashidate keburu-shita(the closest bus stop to the cable car)" to Amanohashidate station depart at 18:51. So if you are not staying around Fuchu area(Kasamatsu park side of Amanohashidate), perhaps you can rent a bicycle at your accommodation.
Some food stalls are available at the temple area.

Access:
Only these two days, cable car and mountain bus is running in the night. Take the cable car to Kasamatsu park and change to mountain bus to Nariai-ji Temple.

From Kinosaki Onsen to Tango region

Are you going to stay at Kinosaki Onsen?
Why not visit Tango region before you trip back to big cities!
Direct train available between Kinosaki Onsen and Kumihama.

Date:
On weekends and public holidays (until 29th Nov. 2016.)

Timetable:
From Kinosaki Onsen to Kumihama
9:39→10:22
11:19→11:55
13:36→14:12

From Kumihama to Kinosaki Onsen
10:40→11:12
12:50→13:27
15:56→16:39


Sunday, 2 October 2016

From 1st October 2016

Timetable of trains(KTR) is changed. If you are searching train timetable on the internet(using hyperdia or google map and so on), perhaps it is not relevant at the moment.
So I recommend you to check on the spot.