Excursions & Geoparks

  • Kumihama Bay

    “Kumihama Bay” is a lagoon separated from the Sea of Japan with a sand bank. Inside the calm inland sea is an oyster farm, and this view has been designated as a Kyoto Prefecture Cultural Landscape. The rich population of plankton in the bay is fitting for oyster farming, and the meaty, tender “Kumi...

  • 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. In the Spring, the lakeside is illuminated with cherry blossom...

  • Kotohikihama Beach

    “Kotohikihama Beach”, which is famous as a beach with singing sand, is a scenic spot with white sand and pine trees which goes on for 1.8 kilometers. This location is also designated by the nation as a Natural Monument and Scenic Beauty. Kotohiki is a beautiful beach which creates a squeaking noise ...

  • Tango Matsushima Islands

    Tango Matsushima got 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 observatory tower near Inugasaki Brid...

  • 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 observatory area along National Route 178, where you can relax and take in the view of Byobu Rock....

  • Tateiwa (Standing Rock)

    “Tateiwa,” which represents Tango 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 beneath...

  • 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 only five first-order lighthouses in the nation which uses a rare Fresnel lens. There is a promenade from the parki...