JAPAN’S FASCINATING NATURE AND SPIRITUALITY
Sightseeing, Lunch not included
An unforgettable excursion north of Maizuru, exploring some of Japan’s most picturesque landscapes: a quaint fishing village with countless boathouses lining a winding bay; a dazzling park boasting one of the three most beautiful views in the country; and a mystical temple invoking wisdom and success.
What we will see
- Sightseeing tour heading north
- The picturesque and rugged Ine Bay
- Village with boathouses: quaint funaya
- Cruise over the bay: stunning views of the mountains and village
- Visit to the spectacular Kasamatsu park
- Impressive views of the Amanohashidate sandbar
- Visit to the Chionji Buddhist temple
- Majestic statue of the god of wisdom
What we will do
- We will leave the port and head north on a lovely sightseeing tour, admiring the views that unfold before our eyes, alternating between rural landscapes and glimpses of the sea.
- We will then reach Ine Bay, a rugged cove where a narrow strip of land separates the sea from the mountains in the backdrop, covered with lush, emerald-green vegetation.
- Here we will visit the distinctive village that stretches out along the bay and bears the same name. It consists of 230 narrowly packed boathouses called funaya, which are built on rafts anchored to the ground, and which earned it the nickname the 'Venice of Japan'.
- We will then board a boat for a cruise around the bay: during the ride, we can admire the enchanting funaya boathouses, which have a garage for boats at sea level. The fishermen that inhabit the village live on the first floor, which is also used as accommodation for guests.
- When we are back on dry land, we will head to the stunning Kasamatsu park, set in a panoramic position on the edge of a mountain that gently slopes down to the sea.
- During the visit, we will have the opportunity to admire the main reason the park is famous: the spectacular views of Amanohashidate, a long, winding white sandbar dotted with thousands of maritime pines, considered one of the three most beautiful views in Japan.
- We will stop at the southern tip of the Amanohashidate sandbar to visit the Chionji temple, which will amaze us with its huge entrance gate and the majestic two-tier pagoda, built in the 16th century.
- The temple is home to a statue dedicated to Monju Bosatsu, the Buddhist god of wisdom and intellect, one of the thee most important in Japan, which attracts students and people searching for these qualities to achieve success in life and in their studies.
- Like the worshippers, we can also buy small fan-shaped votive objects called omikuji, to hang on the pine trees surrounding the temple to bring in good fortune. Who knows? This could bring us good luck too!
What you need to know
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places and English guides are available.
- Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- There will be no snow at the time the tour takes place.
- Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions.
- We recommend exchanging Japanese yen on board as there are no currency exchange offices in the area.