AMANOHASHIDATE AND FUNAYA BOATHOUSES IN THE VILLAGE OF INE
Sightseeing, Lunch not included
An unforgettable experience to completely immerse ourselves in the unspoilt nature and spirituality of Japan and discover one of its most beautiful and enchanting landscapes ranging from white beaches, lush vegetation to boathouses, not to mention a visit to the Chionji temple.
What we will see
- Ine village with its typical Funaya boathouses
- Kasamatsu park
- Chionji temple
- Statue dedicated to Monju Bosatsu
What we will do
- Let us start our excursion by visiting the characteristic village of Ine in the Kyoto Prefecture with its 230 boathouses called Funaya. Due to its structure, the village was nicknamed the “Venice of Japan”.
- Among the numerous fishing villages in Japan, this was the first chosen by the Japanese government as an “Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings”.
- It covers 5 km and it takes one hour to get around it. Funaya houses have moorings on the ground floor and are built at sea level making it possible to board the boat directly from the house. Fishermen live on the first floor, which is also used for guests.
- We then continue our tour to admire the lovely Kasamatsu park, located 150 metres above sea level.
- It is definitely the most famous observation point over Amanohashidate and can be reached by cable car.
- There is also an observatory offering a better view of the whole area.
- Amanohashidate is one of the most picturesque and enchanting places in Japan and is located on the Tango peninsula, renowned for its impressive cliffs and lovely beaches. It is basically a sand isthmus (whose shape recalls the Chinese ideogram representing number “one”) covered in vegetation (8000 pine trees) that is 3.6 km long and 170 m wide. It takes approximately one hour to walk around it.
- Amanohashidate means “Bridge to the sky” and, in fact, if you look at it from the Kasamatsu park with your head between your legs, it does look like a bridge suspended in the sky.
- The Japanese call this position “Matanozoki”.
- On the southern tip of the Amanohashidate isthmus, we find the Chionji temple.
- As part of the Rinzai school of Japanese Zen Buddhism, the temple is home to one of the three most important statues dedicated to Monju Bosatsu, the Buddhist god of wisdom and intellect.
- For this reason, the temple is mainly visited by students and all those looking for wisdom as well as personal and academic success.
- Visitors usually buy small fan-shaped objects (omikuji) which they hang on the pine trees surrounding the temple for good luck.
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Heavy traffic jams to be expected due to it being travelling season in Japan.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- There will be no snow walls considering the season of your visit.
- The view may be obstructed due to weather conditions.
- We recommend having Japanese Yens available as there will be no time nor exchange offices.