The lagoon city of Venice, where gondolas come and go around the city. Do you know Ine-cho in Kyoto, which has become a hot topic overseas that resembles the scene? It is called “Venice of Japan”, and if you go to an area with its own traditional buildings, it will be a different world. You can forget your daily life and enjoy the old Japanese scenery.
Ine-cho Town is located in the northeastern part of Tango Peninsula, Kyoto Prefecture, and is famous for its beautiful boathouse floating on the sea. The scenery is likened to Venice in Italy.
Ine-cho Town is a unique world surrounded by the sea and mountains. The town itself is not big, so it’s an attractive sightseeing spot that you can enjoy even on a day trip.
Ine-cho Town is about 3 hours from Kyoto and Osaka by changing trains and buses. Use the limited express train and transfer to the bus at Tango Railway Miyatoyo Line, Amanohashidate Station or Miyazu Station. There are three buses to “Ukawa Onsen Yoshino no Sato”, “Kamanyu”, and “Ine Post Office”, but all stop at the “Ine” bus stop.
Depending on the time of day, there are buses that stop in front of Funaya-no-Sato Park. Don’t forget to check the bus time as you will get on for about an hour.
If you look at the boathouses lined up along Ine Bay, you can see why it became called Venice. The sea on a sunny day shines in emerald blue, and the trees in the mountains are reflected.
It is also known as a winter scenic spot. Snowy winter days are even more fantastic and will be unforgettable memories once you see them.
The quiet and calm town air makes you forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Please enjoy the relaxing time surrounded by the good old Japanese scenery.
First time as the Preservation District for the country
“Ine no Funaya” is the eastern end of the Tango Peninsula protruding in the Sea of Japan and is a private house and boat garage house group lined in the Ine district of Ine Town, Kyoto Prefecture. In Ine area, there are about 230 boat houses along the Ine Bay, which is 5 kilometers away. “Ine no Funaya” is said to have been built already in the middle of the Edo period, it is a very historical cultural heritage. The Ine bay with boat houses is a rare bay opened to the south while being on the Sea of Japan side, it is hard to be affected by the wind and is a relatively calm bay. The boat houses are built to protrude on the sea surface of Ine Bay, the first floor is the ship lifting floor and the second floor is the residential space. The ship landing site of the first floor is made to be inclined to raise the ship, and it is also a storage place for fishing gear and fishing work place. “Ine no Funaya” was selected as the fishing village for the first time as the Preservation District for the country, and it became the film and TV shooting place.
The greatest highlight of this place is the unusual and idyllic scenery created by the shipyard and the sea. Because a pleasure boat is also operated in the Ine Bay, it may be good to look at it from the ocean. Route to explore the Ine Bay area with the group of the boat houses is recommended. If you take a leisurely walk and feel the nature such as Funaya and the sea, you can enjoy sightseeing in Kyoto.
Venezia in Japan
The calm Gulf of Ine lined with “Ine no Funaya”. The scenery is like Venezia in Japan.
The fisherman’s house
This is Ine-cho of the Sea of Japan of North Kyoto. The group of Funaya exceeding 230 which quietly lined with is one of sightseeing spot having the mysterious scenery such as the mirage floating on the surface of the water in Kyoto. It is the fisherman’s house with the superb view setting up the home on the cabinet of the boat.
Nation’s Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings
In Ine-cho at the east end of Tango Peninsula, people call the garage of the boat “Funaya”. The scenery that more than 230 Funaya lined with along the 5 kilometers of gulf is spectacular, it is very rare in Japan, and it was designated as the Nation’s Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings, too.
Superb view spot
A peninsula facing the Sea of Japan becomes the buffering wall and forms shorelines of less waves and wind facing south. Because there are few waves, the beautiful cobalt blue sea becomes the superb view spot around the group of Funaya.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Ine no Funaya (The Boat Garage House of Ine)
|Yosagun Inecho, Kyoto 626-0401 Japan
|Kyoto Tango Railway “Ama-no-Hashidate-eki Station” (60 minutes by bus)
Time: around 30 minutes
Cost: Adults 1,000 yen, Children (Elementary school students) 500 yen
Sightseeing boats around Ine Bay
Time：Approx. 25 minutes
Cost: Adults 680 yen, Children (Elementary school students) 340 yen
Guided tour around Ine`s funaya and mondori experience（English guidance available）
Time: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes
Cost: Adults 2,300 yen, Children (Elementary school students) 1,800 yen
*Please participate in groups of at least 2 people.
*Prior reservation is necessary (up to 5 days before)
Please refer the official web page.