For those that want a deeper knowledge about Japan, take a journey to discover the source of the legends at the Sacred Land of Amanohashidate and the quaint port town of Ine


For those that want a deeper knowledge about Japan, take a journey to discover the source of the legends at the Sacred Land of Amanohashidate and the quaint port town of Ine

Kyoto by the Sea is a place blessed with the bounty from the ocean, as well as abundant harvests, and outstanding natural beauty. It was also home to a powerful ancient civilization. In ancient times this whole area was known as Taniha. It is said that it covered a large area from further north than modern day Kameoka City to the Sea of Japan coast. There are various theories about the etymology of Taniha. One theory about how it got the name Taniha is that, having come down from heaven, the goddess Toyouke Okami was delighted to see the heavily laden rice plants and exclaimed in suprise using the word Taniha. Taniha faced the Sea of Japan and had its own particular climate, and even as part of a Japan that was exchanging ideas with the main continent, this was an especially advanced state.Once the Kofun Period had ended, the center of Taniha moved close to Amanohashidate which is the setting for the legend of the formation of Japan, and after the Nara Period with the fusion of Buddhism and Shintoism, the city they made became a sacred place. The white sands and green pines of Amanohashidate, with its large number of shrines was the subject of pictures, poems, and stories. We want to show you the sacred Amanohashidate that was admired as a paradise by city dwellers many years ago.Furthermore, the descendents of the Taniha who were originally seafarers created a scenic view that is often admired. These are the rows of boat houses/funaya. Nestled in the mouth of Ine Bay is the sacred island of Aojima and thanks to that there is hardly any difference between the ebb and flow tides which makes for a very unusual port. Such a sight of the boat houses lining the shore as if through a contract between the fishermen and the ocean can be seen nowhere else in the country. The fishermen who live at Ine all respect the legend of the Dragon Palace that is said to be at the bottom of the sea. We will also touch on the origin of the Urashima Taro legend at the shrine that has a secret connection to the Dragon Palace.The tour will sort out the mix of historical events, myths, and legends that are scattered around the region, and see how they are all woven together. Let’s go on a journey through space and time to find the very source.




Amanohashidate is one of Japan's three most famous scenic views. According to a legend, a god in heaven Izanagi built a ladder so that he would be able to go to the earth and come back freely. However, it fell down to the earth while he was asleep, eventually to become Amanohashidate (Heaven's Ladder). The area is now a sacred place and often visited along with temples and shrines there. Amanohashidate is considered as an approach to those religious institutions as well and it was thronged with pilgrims at its highest time in the middle of the 19th century. A ladder that once conncted the heaven and the earth will leave another good memory in you.


Kono Shrine

This old shrine is proud of being the first shrine in the Tango and Tanba areas dating back to the the year 3 of the Yoro Era (719). The deities worshipped here are the same at Ise Shrine - Amaterasu no Okami and Toyouke Okami. There are many national treasures and important cultural artifacts in the shrine treasury. In front of the main shrine are a pair of guardian dogs from the Kamakura Period, as well as an ancient architectural style that gives everything a very impressive atomosphere.
Also there is a rock garden, "Miare-no-niwa" made from stones from sacred mountains and places from around Japan, that has suikinkutsu ornaments that emit beautiful sounds from the sacred waters that fall on them.On this tour, after seeing the shrine, there is a special chance to see the treasures normally not on display.


Manai Shrine

The rear shrine of Moto Ise Kono Shrine is also known as Kushihama-no-miya.
Kushi means the source of a magnificent and wonderful power, and is still visited by many people today as a powerspot.
Behind the main shrine is a sacred place called Iwakura, that has been worshipped in its current state for about 2,500 years. Toyouke Okami and Amaterasu Okami are the main deities that are worshipped here.
Within the grounds there is a spring where the pure, sacred water issues forth called "Ama no Manai no Mizu"
There are many people from all over the country who come here to draw this sacred water.


Kasamatsu Park

This park halfway up Mount Nariai has a lookout that takes in the whole of Amanohashidate from the north. When you look at Amanohashidate from here it looks like a dragon rising to the heavens which is where the view gets its name - shoryukan. When you look back at Amanohashidate through your legs, heaven and earth are reversed, and this way of admiring sights has its origin here.

Nariaiji Temple

Nariaiji Temple is the 28th stop on the Western Pilgrimage and is located in a scenic spot overlooking Amanohashidate. It is a famous for being a temple where the words of Kannon allow wishes to be granted.
The main deity here is Sho Kannon Bodhisattva who is known as the beautiful Kannon, and it is said that if you come here you will be granted a beautiful spirit and body. It is well-known for its plants such as cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in spring, and maples in fall, making it a popular destination.

Amanohashidate View Land

On top of Mount Monju is a viewpoint that looks over the whole of Amanohashidate from the south. From here, if you look back through your legs (matanozoki) Amanohashidate looks like a dragon flying in the heavens and this famous view is named after that (Hiryukan.) At the top of the peak is a ferris wheel and pedal cars so there is lots of fun to be had for all ages.


Urashima Shrine

A 10-minute drive from the houses by the bay in Ine takes you to a quiet, traditional fishing town. There is a small river there called Tsutsu River that flows to a dynamic, deeply indented coastline with a beach called "Honjo Beach". This is the location of a story called the "Legend of Urashima"; which is a little different from the well-known " Tale of Urashima Taro". Urashima Shrine here has the key to unlock the truth of this tale - it deifies this "Urashima" since 825. The chief priest will show you the picture scroll painted in the middle of the 14th century on the story of how he became the god of this shrine while giving a full explanation. A gorgeously decorated black lacquer ware is also on display.


Ine Bay

The development of Ine Bay started with the building of a place to dry fish in order to utilize the small difference of ebb and flow of the tide and the narrow space between the mountain and the sea. The famous view is of 230 buildings stand in a row surrounding the bay as if floating on the sea. In the old days the buildings were mainly thatched bungalows though most of them turned into two-storied buildings whose ground floor functions as a garage for a boat and fishing goods. Upstairs is used as a house or a spare room.
Appointed as an Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings on July 22, 2005.


Plan Detail
Meeting place Amanohashidate Station
Duration 1 October 2019 ~ 31 March 2020
Excluded dates 28 December 2019 ~ 4 January 2020
Timing 2 days
Group size 2~3 people
Minimum no. of participants 2 people
Price 66,500 yen per person
Contact for reservation Kyoto by the sea DMO Tour Center 0772-68-1355
Application deadline 7 days in advance of the departure date
Cancellation terms In accord with Terms and Conditions (20% fee is charged for a cancellation received by 20 days before departure, 30% by 7 days, 40% by the day before, 50% by departure time, 100% if not showing up without contact)
Special gift Original clear file
Fees included in price Chartered taxi fee, English local guides, entrance fee to museums, consumption tax and other taxes (lunch and accommodation not included)
Bookings for the next two years Accept
Age No limit
Weather Cancelled in case of a bad weather with warnings
Other Route may change depanding on the road conditions
〇Day1 "Journey through the road where goblins inhabited"
12:15 Meet Amanohashidate Station→12:30 Amanohasidate Sightseeing Boat→13:00 Pay homage at Moto Ise Kono Shrine →Manai Shrine→ Amanohashidate Kasamatsu Park (View of the Flying Dragon) →15:00 Nariaiji Temple (Try Ajikan meditation)  
Stay Amanohashidate
〇Day 2 "Exploring Ine and the truth of Japanese legend" "To the origin of Japan and Shinto religion, Amanohashidate"
9:00 Leave the hotel→10:30 The Full Ine Tour→11:30 Urashima Shrine→12:15 Lunch at Funaya Biyori→14:30 Stroll around Amanohashidate area (Includes Amanohashidate View Land) →To Amanohashidate Viewpoint→16:30 Finish at Amanohasidate Station
An English-speaking guide will accompany you for both days.