Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A tree house by the sea in Kumihama

About 8 years ago, this tree house was built and it was the only tree house in the world which have a full view of the sea at that time. The tree is about 500 years old.  It's like you are in a picture book. I wanted to introduce this place for such a long time but I couldn't due to access condition. Finally, local company started up a shared taxi business so it is a time for me to write about it!

Admission is FREE, please fill a visitor registration form at Furan-no-yakata. Then follow instruction and walk a bit rough path(recommend to wear comfortable shoes to walk).  Reservation is not possible. *If you are scared of height, I don't recommend visiting.

Visiting hours:9:00-16:00(Closed on Wednesdays)
About 5-10mins walk from Furan-no-yakata(風蘭の館)
Address: 518-1 Kamai, Kumihama-cho, Kyotango(京丹後市久美浜町蒲井 518-1)
Tel: 0772-83-1033
*They also offer accommodation, a minute to beach! They offer sea-kayaking(seasonal for 2017, will be open from April) and oyster house(seasonal for 2017, will be Jan. - around May) as well. If you stay over night, make sure ask them for free picking service from Kumihama station when you book accommodation.

Take a city bus, Minato line(Himawari-go), from Kumihama station leaves at 12:22 and arrive at Kamai 12:57 and about 5mins walk. Bus fare: 200yen/person(please pay exact amount). The bus doesn't run on weekends&public holidays&31st Dec, 1st-3rd Jan. Unfortunately, there is no bus running to go back to Kumihama station from Kamai.
**BUT there is a shared taxi running in Kumihama town. It costs 500JPY/person per ride within Kumihama town area. Since it is a shared taxi, you need to make a reservation.
Reservation phone number:0772-42-0390 (operation hour: 7:30-18:30)
Better to ask someone who can speak Japanese to book, for example tourist information centre at Kumihama station open 9:00-17:00. The shared taxi's operation hour is 8:30-17:30.