Kyoto by the Sea Tourism Zone
The Source of Japan
Living Between Heaven and Earth
The harmony at the very root of Japan started here.
The culture of harmony is to incorporate resources from the outside while laying aside individuality and uniqueness to create a new worth. In the northern part of modern day Kyoto there was an ancient state with a special culture, the Taniha (who later became Tanba), who were the source of this unique sense of values that came to represent the epitome of Japan.
This name comes from the god of the earth 'Toyouke Ookami’, and with bumper crops from rich soil, they were a strong state with a developed culture and advanced technology. Yet they did not battle the Yamato administration, and via this harmony, contributed to the establishment of Japan.
‘Harmony’ is about relationships. In this place they extend to all things in heaven and earth. Most importantly, connections to ‘things that can’t be seen’’ have attached a special value to this land since ancient times. It is the hidden setting for Japan's native mythology; in Moto-Ise is Amanohashidate which is known as one of the three most scenic places in Japan, and through oft-repeated poetry references was a place that many city dwellers have longed for since the Heian period. There are many legends known throughout Japan that have their origins in this area: Mt.Ooe has the Shuten-douji legends, and at sea there are the Ryugu and Tokoyo legends. If Japanese people come here they can actually feel what they have been praying for, or what they fear.
The gods provide the rice and the sake, and the people living closest to the sea in the boat houses of Ine harvest the bounty of the seas. They are a kind people and welcoming to travelers. Whatever you taste here, and whatever you experience here is connected to the very roots of Japan. That is why it is the origin of harmony.
The Characteristics of this Area
It is a climate of high humidity, with muggy summers, and snowfalls in winter. The changing of the season is always remarkable. As it cools down into autumn, early morning fog often occurs. As this flows over the varied terrain, a mysterious sea of clouds can be seen.
It is an impressive ria coastline with lots of undulations and has been designated as a geopark. In the mountainous area there are small hamlets that have been worked by the hand of man since ancient times.
There is a unique culture and lifestyle that comes from a fusion of the advanced cultures of old who were dedicated to creating, with the spirit of harmony that revered the gods of nature.
Since ancient times this has been a plentiful area and is the hometown of the goddess of food 'Toyoke Omikami' who is enshrined in one of the outer temples at Ise Shrine. There is an impressive line-up of quality branded produce from the area, with A Grade Koshihikari rice, 13 local sake houses, Taiza crab, Ine yellowtail, Tango cockles, Tango tilefish, and Manganji peppers among others.