Friday, 20 January 2017

From 17th Jan. 2017

The bus line between "Rokumanbu" to "Ukawa-Onsen Yoshino-no-sato" is not running due to landslide and the road is closed.
If you like to visit "Ukawa-Onsen Yoshino-no-sato(hot spring)", you can take a bus from Amino station or Mineyama station.

*The road is plan to be fixed within next week(23rd-27th Jan. 2017).

Monday, 16 January 2017

Snow report from Amanohashidate!

The picture is taken on 15th Jan. 2017. In the mountain, there were about 30-100cm snow on that day. Sightseeing boat and cable car(Kasamatsu Park) run as usual. When it is snowing, trains are weak against the weather, so if you are planning to move on such days in winter, normally I recommend bus(express bus) than trains. For example, on 15th&16th Jan. 2017, express buses from Kyoto&Osaka to Amanohashidate run but almost of all trains were cancelled.


Thursday, 12 January 2017

Finally snowed in Tango region!

The picture was taken this morning(12th Jan. 2017) at Kasamatsu park where you can see Amanohashidate as "bridge to heaven". You can see in the picture, there is still no snow on the ground level but on this weekends, according to weather forecast, probably it will snow??? 

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017

A tree house by the sea in Kumihama


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About 8 years ago, this tree house was built and it was the only tree house in the world which have a full view of the sea at that time. The tree is about 500 years old.  It's like you are in a picture book. I wanted to introduce this place for such a long time but I couldn't due to access condition. Finally, local company started up a shared taxi business so it is a time for me to write about it!

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Admission is FREE, please fill a visitor registration form at Furan-no-yakata. Then follow instruction and walk a bit rough path(recommend to wear comfortable shoes to walk).  Reservation is not possible. *If you are scared of height, I don't recommend visiting.

Visiting hours:9:00-16:00(Closed on Wednesdays)
Place:
Furan-no-yakata(風蘭の館)
Address: 518-1 Kamai, Kumihama-cho, Kyotango(京丹後市久美浜町蒲井 518-1)
Tel: 0772-83-1033
*They also offer accommodation, a minute to beach! They offer sea-kayaking(seasonal for 2017, will be open from April) and oyster house(seasonal for 2017, will be Jan. - around May) as well. If you stay over night, make sure ask them for free picking service from Kumihama station when you book accommodation.

Access:
Take a city bus, Minato line(Himawari-go), from Kumihama station leaves at 12:22 and arrive at Kamai 12:57 and about 5mins walk. Bus fare: 200yen/person(please pay exact amount). The bus doesn't run on weekends&public holidays&31st Dec, 1st-3rd Jan. Unfortunately, there is no bus running to go back to Kumihama station from Kamai.
**BUT there is a shared taxi running in Kumihama town. It costs 500JPY/person per ride within Kumihama town area. Since it is a shared taxi, you need to make a reservation.
Reservation phone number:0772-42-0390 (operation hour: 7:30-18:30)
Better to ask someone who can speak Japanese to book, for example tourist information centre at Kumihama station open 9:00-17:00. The shared taxi's operation hour is 8:30-17:30.

One of the best winter food: Oyster restaurant

For winter season food,  Tango region is known for crab and yellow-tail that I already described in this blog. BUT, there is another winter seafood which is getting popular to eat in Tango region among Japanese tourists is, oyster. The oyster from Tango region is quite famous as one of the best taste oyster in Japan. There are many accommodation in Tango offers oyster for dinner. On my blog, I will write a place where you can eat at a cabin with BBQ style without reservation.

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Price:
2500yen/person, you can eat oyster with BBQ style within 60mins as much as you want
A few side dishes which using oyster and drinks are available to order with additional cost. Reservation not necessary.

Date:
from 7th Jan 2017 to end of May, closed every Wednesday(the end of season is depends on oyster which is nature stuff so can be the place close earlier than end of May)

Opening hours:
11:00-14:00

Place:
Furan-no-yakata(風蘭の館)
Address: 518-1 Kamai, Kumihama-cho, Kyotango(京丹後市久美浜町蒲井 518-1)
Tel: 0772-83-1033
*They also offer accommodation, a minute to beach! They offer sea-kayaking(seasonal for 2017, will be open from April) and tree house as well.

Access:
Take a city bus, Minato line(Himawari-go), from Kumihama station leaves at 12:22 and arrive at Kamai 12:57 and about 5mins walk. Bus fare: 200yen/person(please pay exact amount). The bus doesn't run on weekends&public holidays&31st Dec, 1st-3rd Jan. Unfortunately, there is no bus running to go back to Kumihama station from Kamai.
**BUT there is a shared taxi running in Kumihama town. It costs 500JPY/person per ride within Kumihama town area. Since it is a shared taxi, you need to make a reservation.
Reservation phone number:0772-42-0390 (operation hour: 7:30-18:30)
Better to ask someone who can speak Japanese to book, for example tourist information centre at Kumihama station open 9:00-17:00. The shared taxi's operation hour is 8:30-17:30.
ご予約専用:0772-42-0390
(電話受付時間 : 7:30 ~ 18

Monday, 26 December 2016

Spending the first day of the year in Tango?

Except visiting Temple and Shrine, another traditional New Year custom in Japan is watch the first sunrise of the year! Many people prefer to do this beside sea, if you are plan to be here, why not try out?
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You can take a cable car to go up to Kasamatsu park to see the sunrise. The cable car is run from 6:30 in the morning, the park is open from such time for only the New Year's day!!
Kasamatsu Park will be open on 1st January 2017 from 6:30AM until 16:30. At the Kasamatsu park, some snacks and drinks are available from the opening.

*On 31st December, if you are interested, try this! Thankfully, nothing I need to change this info since 2013 because traditional event is every year same, should be the same. http://seasidekyoto.blogspot.com/2013/12/would-you-like-to-try-traditional-way.html

1 million LED lights illumination in Tango

Christmas is over although still nice to see illumination in short daylight time of the year!  If you are staying in Tango region and close to train station, why not take a train and continue by free shuttle(for further info please see below) for a night out in fancy? romantic? illumination :) FREE admission.



Date: everyday(except Tuesdays), until 14th March 2016
Time: 16:00-21:00
Admission: FREE
Place: Tango Kingdom(Tango-Okoku/Shoku-no-miyako(丹後王国「食のみやこ」)

Access:
☆From Amino station, take a bus bound for "Yasaka-byoin-mae(弥栄病院前)" and get off at "Tango-Okoku/Shoku-no-miyako(丹後王国「食のみやこ」)".
Bus fare: 200JPY/person, about 30mins ride
Bus timetable from Amino station depart at 9:19/11:26/12:16/14:21/15:30/18:18
Bus time table from Tango-Okoku/Shoku-no-miyako at 9:51/10:39/12:43/13:21/16:31
The last bus depart from Tango Kingdom is 16:31 which means you need to leave before it's get completely dark. If you prefer to stay longer, you can ask for a taxi to Mineyama station which is the closest station. About 10mins drive and cost about 2500JPY.
☆On weekends and public holidays, there is FREE shuttle is running from Mineyama station and Amino station.
Free shuttle timetable: http://tango-kingdom-howto.com/en/access/data/bus_en_info.pdf

Tango Kingdom area is 34 hectare(comparison example: Tokyo Disney Land is 51 hectare), if you are interested to discover the entire area make sure you have enough time.

You can stay at this place as well, the accommodation is renovated in April 2015 so it is pretty new:D Also they are not expensive even private bathroom available in each rooms. I recommend to book with breakfast. There are some restaurants available for dinner, I think best to arrive before 17:00 cause information counter at Tango Kingdom is closed at 17:00.
http://tango-kingdom-howto.com/en/