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Venture into Kyoto's ocean bounty where history and culture is ringed by magnificent scenery. Take in unspoilt coastline views, discover the myriad charms of seaside villages and funaya boat houses, and stay at Kinosaki Onsen favoured by many writers and artists. This is a unique opportunity to experience the authentic coastal life of Japan.
Our local guide will meet you in Kyoto, and then take you on a train journey to Kinosaki Onsen, a picturesque village on the Japan Sea Coast. Over 3-days-2-nights, you'll explore the seaside towns of Konosaki Onsen and Takeno on foot including Mt. Taishi hiking, and Nekozaki Peninsula coastal walk. You will also walk in the Umi to Hoshi (Ocean & Star) Park.
At the end of your daily adventure, you'll return to a seaside hotel commanding a ...
At the end of your daily adventure, you'll return to a seaside hotel commanding a view of the Sea of Japan. Enjoy delicious 'Kaiseki-ryori' meals cooked with fresh seafood and ingredients from Tajima.
Your tour includes two nights' deluxe accommodation, guided walks, breakfasts, dinners, all transportation during the tour and return train tickets from/to Kyoto.
This is an unique opportunity to explore Kyoto's coastlines and immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of the bounty of the Japan Sea has to offer.
Departs daily year round on request.
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This tour is eligible to earn ONLYLUXE reward points.
Walking distance: 10 km
Your guide will meet you at Kyoto Station and catch a train from Kyoto Station to Kinosaki Onsen.
Train information: Kinosaki 5, departs Kyoto Station at 11:25 am, arrives Kinosaki Onsen at 13:49.
After lunch (at your own arrangement), start to hike the Mt. Taishi course approx. 10 km through the mountains that surround Kinosaki Onsen. The walk pass Kinosaki Literary Museum, where you will find information displayed on the various literarians and historical figures who have ties to Kinosaki Onsen.
After traveling along the stone stairway from the Kinosaki Literary Museum for about 200m you will see Atago Shrine. It is a shrine with a spirit of fire prevention and protection.
Continue approx. 1 hour walk and reach the "Tree of Unity". This combined tree was designated as a Hyogo Prefecture local monument in 1984 and is a symbol of the area. It is a rare site of a red pine and a cod roe growing together like a single tree from the root.
Another a few minutes walk, you reach the summit of Mt. Taishi. Here you can enjoy a magnificent view overlooking the town of Kinosaki Onsen, which won 1 star with the Michelin Green Guide.
Take the ropeway to get back down the mountain after the walk.
After the walk, you'll be dropped off at Kinosaki accommodation - Hotel Kinparo, where you'll spend two nights.
Hotel Kinparo is nestled in a corner of Sanin Kaigan National Park, all of the hotel buildings command a view of the Sea of Japan. Green pine trees, blue water and the white waves crashing into the rocks make an exquisite color contrast to Japan's coastline. The hot springs in this inn contain a wealth of minerals such as sodium, calcium and chloride. These elements are said to be good for health.
Enjoy delicious 'Kaiseki-ryori' meals cooked with fresh seafood and ingredients from Tajima.
Walking distance: approx. 3 - 4 hours
Your guide will meet you at hotel and take you to Takeno - a hidden gem along the northern coast of Hyogo Prefecture, and among the best and ranked in the top 100 beaches in Japan.
Takeno is a quiet fishing town with beautiful nature, friendly residents, and traditional houses. The town features great hiking spots with views of the ocean and the entire town, as well as canoeing and swimming in the summer.
Stroll through the streets of Takeno and see the traditional townscape, with houses that have charred wood walls.
Hike up to the summit of Mt. Jajayama, you can see a one-of-a-kind view of this beach and fishing town, with its blue seas and traditional houses.
Walk the Nekozaki Peninsula. Various migratory birds can be heard depending on the season from the peninsula as you walk through forest tunnels and over bridges. This nature trail is easy to walk along for most of the way. There are some steep inclines, declines, and stairs along the way. The hike is about 2.3 km one-way and takes about 2 hours round trip.
Lunch at Kinosaki Onsen (guest’s own expense & arrangement).
After lunch, walk to Hachigoro Toshima Wetlands to spot Toyooka's famous Oriental White Storks. You will also have plenty of free time to enjoy the town and hot springs of Kinosaki.
Return to your accommodation.
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at the hotel and transfer to Amanohashidate.
Amanohashidate is a pine covered sandbar that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in the scenic, coastal region of northern Kyoto Prefecture. Viewed from the mountains at either end of the bay, the Amanohashidate Sandbar (which roughly translates to "bridge in heaven") looks like a pathway between heaven and earth. The scene has been admired for centuries and is ranked among Japan's three most scenic views.
Walk to Kasamatsu Park observatory to overlook Amanohashidate.
Then you'll walk Umi to Hoshi (Ocean & Star) Park. The park is a nature sanctuary and has a lookout point from which visitors can overlook the Sea of Japan, Miyazu Bay, the area's stunning mountains, and even a glimpse of Amanohashidate in the distance.
After lunch (guest’s own expense & arrangement), take a small boat from to Ine.
Ine is a small fishing village in northern Kyoto Prefecture. This working town has a long and rich history as a fishing village and is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan. The unique aspect of Ine are its funaya. Literally meaning "boat houses", these traditional waterfront buildings contain garages for boats on their first floors and residential space on the upper floors. Today there are about 200 funaya remaining along the bay.
Transfer to Fukuchiyama station. Take train back to Kyoto.
1. Departs Fukuchiyama station 4:44 pm, arrives in Kyoto station 6:08 pm
2. Departs Fukuchiyama station 5:49 pm, arrives in Kyoto station 7:09 pm
Daily departure on request. Please contact us to book if you have a group of more than 12 people.
- The departure point Kyoto station- The finishing point is Fukuchiyama stationTrain information from Kyoto station to Kinosaki Onsendeparts Kyoto Station at 11:25 am, arrives Kinosaki Onsen at 1:49 pmSuggested Train depart from Fukuchiyama station1. Departs Fukuchiyama station 4:44 pm, arrives in Kyoto station 6:08 pm2. Departs Fukuchiyama station 5:49 pm, arrives in Kyoto station 7:09 pm
Day 1: Guided walk in surrounding Kinosaki Onsen area to Summit of Taishi, approx. 10 kmDay 2: Guided walk in fishing town of Takeno, Nekozaki Peninsula and hike Mt Jajayama, approx. 3 - 4 hoursDay 3: Guided walk to Kasamatsu Park observatory to overlook Amanohashidate
Japan's weather and climate features four distinct seasons.Spring is from March to May. It's perhaps one of the very best times to visit Japan as temperatures are pleasantly warm without being too hot, with daytime temperatures ranging between 21°C to 26°C. The country is ablaze with beautiful white and pink cherry blossom and plenty festivals to enjoy.Summer is from June to August and the country experiences a three to four-week rainy season. It is hot and humid during this time and temperatures are often in the high 30’s. If you plan on visiting Japan during the summer weather, northern areas such as Hokkaido or the mountains of Tohoku or Chubu are the most comfortable places to escape the heat.Autumn is from September to November and is characterised by light breezes and cooler temperatures of around 8-10°C. It is also a wonderful time to visit Japan. The country turns into a haven of red and scarlet leaves which contrast strikingly against the deep blue clear skies and almost as impressive as the stunning cherry blossoms.Winter is from December to February. It is a magical time to visit as the landscape is turned white with snow. It's the perfect time to go skiing or check out the hot springs, especially venture to the ski slopes of Hokkaido or Nagano. It's Okinawa is a great place to visit during the winter as it is not quite as cold as the rest of Japan’s weather.
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