Summer Seaside Plan
Kyotango has lots of beautiful and varied coastline. From white sand beaches to jagged rocky cliffs and everything in between.
This Summer Seaside Plan will show you lots of ways to enjoy the Sea of Japan. With suggestions for activities for a day at the beach, boat tours, and sea kayaking you're sure to get the most out a summer trip to Kyotango.
- Take a boat tour around Kumihama Bay
- Enjoy a day at the beach and try Stand-up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
- Have a beach BBQ
- Explore beyond the beach to find hidden coves with a sea kayak tour
Boat Tour After You
Arrive in Kyotango
After enjoying the drive through the hills of Kyoto you will arrive in Kyotango just in time for lunch. Afterwards you can set out on a boat tour around Kumihama Bay. Finally after trying some local sake, ice cream, fruits or all three, take a walk around the delightful Shotenkyo area before settling in to your ryokan for the night.
Drive to Kyotango
Take a Boat Ride Around Kumihama Bay
The boat captain will be your guide as he takes you to visit a deserted island. The captain likes to give you a rush so brace yourself for the speed to change, it's sure to be a thrill. They have plans for just a sightseeing boat trip, a BBQ trip and various overnight stay plans. You're sure to find the plan for you.
Boat trip fee:
¥2000 (drink included)
Drive Around the Bay to Shotenkyo
Local Sake Tasting
As you drive around the bay take a stop at Kinoshita Brewery. Here you can enjoy a sake tasting, and shopping for some tasty locally brewed sake. They also have non-alcoholic sake flavoured soft serve ice cream for designated drivers and minors.
Japan has a zero-tolerance policy on drink driving, so the driver unfortunately cannot taste any sake.Kinoshita Brewery Website
Between Kumihama and Shotenkyo there are a lot of fruit stands along the road, they are associated with local farms and orchards selling to passersby. While all are worth a stop, a few of them are part of the 'Fruits Trail' which sells frozen fruit smoothies, a delicious way to keep cool.Kyotango Produce
Ice Cream at Dairy Kitchen Sora
If you fancy an ice cream and a coffee break, pay a visit to Dairy Kitchen Sora. They have a heard of Jersey cows on site and make fresh ice cream and cheeses. They have a cafe where you can enjoy a coffee too.More Info
Arrive in Shotenkyo
Take a walk around the Shotenkyo sandbar before checking in to your ryokan. The houses built on the bayside are packed together to ensure that every house has access to a pier to tie their fishing boat to. The close construction as earned these houses the nickname the 'eels nest'. Take the bridge across the straight connecting Kumihama Bay and the Sea of Japan to see the boats passing by from above.
Check-in to your ryokan
Stand-Up Paddle and
A Day at the Beach
Kyotango has so many gorgeous beaches, they are one of the best ways to enjoy the summer here. Whether you want to work on your tan, take a swim, or try some beach activities and watersports there are a lot of ways to have a great time.
Drive up to Yuhigaura
Pick up what you need for the beach from the local supermarket and then get yourself a spot on the beach. At the supermarket don't forget to get a disposable grill, they also have a lot of pre-sliced meat and sauces ready to grab off the shelf, as well as paper plates to make clean-up a breeze.More Info
With the food and a disposable grill from the super market you're ready to have yourself a private beach BBQ.
Make sure you dispose of your coals, BBQ, and other rubbish properly.
Beach Swing 'Yurari'
The beach swing is the pride of the Yuhigaura Tourism Association, and with good cause. Made from drift wood it's a monument to making something beautiful and functional out of discarded materials. It's also a popular spot for photos; if you ask nicely most people will be happy to take a picture of your entire group for you to remember the occasion.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding
A great way to have fun at the beach is by hiring a paddle board. All necessary equipment can be rented and beginners can get instructions from the helpful staff. Make sure you book a timeslot in advance.More Info
Ice Cream at Royal Merry
If you're looking for a sweet way to cool down take a short walk into town and visit Royal Merry for some ice cream. It's made with local milk and fruit and they even have a soft serve drizzled with local honey and a piece of honeycomb as a garnish.Royal Merry (Japanese)
Check-in to your ryokan
With an abundance of places to stay in Yuhigaura, as well as a sunset so beautiful they named the area after it it's worth staying nearby.Accommodations in Kyotango
Soak in the Onsen
After a day of running around the beach, swimming in the sea, and paddling about you'll probably be ready for a relaxing soak in the hot spring. Or just relax in your room while waiting for dinner.
Watch the Sunset
Yuhigaura means 'Sunset Inlet', it's named after the view of the sun setting into the sea. In fact it is in the top 100 best places in Japan to watch the sunset from.
Go beyond the beach
As part of the San'in Coastline Geopark the coast in Kyotango is wild and varied. Exploring beyond the beaches with a sea kayak tour you'll find hidden coves and sea caves you would otherwise never get to. As this is the last day in Kyotango make sure you pick up any souvenirs from the local shops to remember your time here.
Arrive in Taiza
The Sea Kayak experience will get you out beyond the beaches where you can find hidden coves, only accessible from the sea; and sea caves, where you can get shelter from the sun.More Info
Lunch at Hisami
Sightseeing in Taiza
Tateiwa or 'standing rock' is made of hardened magma which is tougher than the surrounding stone. If you didn't see it while your were kayaking it is well worth a look from the land.More Info
Onaru Burial Mounds
See the burial mounds dating back to the end of the 6th century, made of the hard stone from Tateiwa.More Info