Excursions & Geoparks

  • Kumihama Bay

    “Kumihama Bay” is a lagoon separated from the Sea of Japan by a sand bank. The view of this calm inland sea has been designated as a Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Landscape. The plankton rich waters of the bay make it an excellent spot for oyster farming. And the meaty, tender “Kumihama Oysters” are fam...

  • Lake Hanare

    Lake Hanare is the largest freshwater lake in Kyoto Prefecture, as well as a Class B river. In the lake is an isolated mountain joined by land, and by the lakeside, there is Lake Hanare Park, promenades for walks and benches for resting.

  • Kotohikihama Beach

    Kotohikihama Beach is famous for its singing sand and is a scenic spot with white sand and pine trees. It stretches on for 1.8 kilometers. The beach has also been designated by Japan as a Natural Monument and Scenic Beauty. The squeaking noise made with each step is due to the friction of the quartz...

  • Tango Matsushima Islands

    Tango Matsushima takes its name from its resemblance to Matsushima, one of the three great views of Japan. The view of the ragged coastline, which goes on until it reaches Cape Kyoga, creates a beautiful silhouette against the morning and evening light. There is an observation deck near Inugasaki B...

  • Byobuiwa (folding-screen rock)

    Byobuiwa rock is a andesite with a height of 13 meters, and was named for its resemblance to a Japanese folding screen (Byobu) as it rises from the ocean surface. There is an observation area along National Route 178, where you can relax and take in the view of Byobuiwa rock....

  • Tateiwa (Standing Rock)

    Tateiwa, which represents the Tango area in the San’in Kaigan Geopark, is a huge monolith with a height of 20 meters. This boulder is made up of hardened magma that emerged from a geological stratum, including volcanic dust which accumulated over 15 million years ago. Since rocks which emerged from ...

  • Kyogamisaki Lighthouse

    A chalky white lighthouse that looms on top of a cliff 148 meters above sea level at the most northern point of the Tango Peninsula. The lighthouse was erected in 1898, and is one of five first-order lighthouses in Japan, which use a rare Fresnel lens. There is a promenade from the parking lot of ...