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While the coastal region of northern Kyoto Prefecture receives less focus as a tourist destination than the city of Kyoto, it is home to one of Japan's top scenic views. According to myth, the god who created Japan used a ladder to go between heaven and earth – one day this ladder fell to earth and became Amanohashidate. This pine tree-covered sandbar stretches across the bay, and has been celebrated for its beauty throughout the centuries, and depicted by woodblock print artists. From here you can also explore the pretty towns and villages in the area.




From its sweeping hilltop views to its architect-designed Japanese-style rooms and exquisitely prepared meals, Genmyoan is superlative in every way, making it the jewel of the region. Perched high above the bay, enjoy the best views of this naturally beautiful area from your room, as well as from the hot spring baths as you enter a new world of extraordinary relaxation.

Genmyoan is comprised of 17 guest rooms designed by the esteemed architect Tatsuo Mori, marrying traditional Japanese interiors with sophisticated modern sensibilities. The simple craftsmanship of a tea house can be glimpsed in the sliding doors and traditional tatami mats that make up every room. The grand views become part of your dining enjoyment as you savour the exquisite cuisine of local and seasonal delicacies, served to you in your own private room. All of this combined with exceptional hospitality make for an exceedingly special experience.


A spa resort where you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Amanohashidate from your room and from the large public outdoor hot spring bath. Western-style rooms, as well as traditional Japanese-style rooms with tatami mat floors and futon beds, are available at this ryokan inn, located just 1 minute on foot from the train station. All guest rooms offer scenic views of the bay and are equipped with air conditioning, a TV, free WiFi, a fridge, and a safe.

Enjoy a relaxing experience at this ryokan inn as you unwind in the sauna, and soak in the indoor and outdoor hot springs. The ryokan's excellent location makes for easy sightseeing of all the area's main sights either on foot or by the property's rental bicycles. For dinner and breakfast, guests are served exquisite Kyoto-style Japanese kaiseki dishes and European cuisine that are made with fresh seasonal seafood and meat.


Set in a garden and with views of the Asoumi Sea, this relaxed hot spring inn is a 3-minute walk from Amanohashidate Station and 2 km from Amanohashidate, a scenic sandbar with beaches and pine trees.

Airy rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus futons, tatami mats and chabudai dining tables. Upgraded rooms have terraces and sea views. Amenities include a cosy restaurant with a wood-beamed ceiling, plus a lounge, and 2 gender-segregated indoor bathhouses with hot spring water.


On the Tango Peninsula, Kyoto, stay in two-storey (former) boathouse accommodation. These boathouses have been designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings and Funayan Taiheisou is a waterfront boathouse-turned-inn. From here you can visit the nearby attractions such as Ine Bay, power-generating windmills and Senmaida (literally 'thousand rice paddies')




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