Translated by MATCHA_En
Ine - A Small, Quiet Fishing Town In Kyoto
Written by Haruka
Bring your fishing equipment with you as we explore Ine, a quaint, cozy little fishing town in Kyoto. Emerald green waters and local delights abound here!
What comes to mind when Kyoto is mentioned?
Most would imagine right away the numerous temples and shrines in the city, or the fact that it is the cradle of Japanese culture. Some might think of elegant ladies proudly wearing their kimonos as they bustle around the streets which create a grid of horizontal and vertical lines. But these are just some aspects of Kyoto City within the greater Kyoto Prefecture.
In this article, we will introduce a place on the Tango Peninsula, which is all the way up north in Kyoto Prefecture: Ine.
Ine - A Charming Fishing Town
Ine is a fishing town located on the northern part of the Tango Peninsula, which stretches into the Sea of Japan in Kyoto.
Around the beautiful curve of Ine Bay are the famous funaya (traditional fisherman's houses). The area has been selected as one of Japan's Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings.
Funaya were, as their name suggests, small houses built to house both the fishermen and their small boats, the boats being located on the first "floor". The houses face out toward the sea, providing a picturesque view of the ocean whenever you glance out the window. More recently, the local fishermen have started using the second floor of the funaya as temporary lodgings.
A Trip from Osaka to Ine
We visited Ine toward the end of July, choosing this destination because it promised to offer us an escape from our busy lives.
It took between three and four hours to reach our destination. First, we got on a Tango Kairiku Kotsu expressway bus at Hankyu Umeda Station in Osaka, then changed to a standard bus at Amanohashidate Station. You can also get on an expressway bus from Kyoto City
We left at 9:00 AM and arrived just past lunch, after which we headed straight to our lodgings.
Staying in a Funaya
We climbed the old wooden steps in the funaya and laid down our luggage.
When you open the curtains, the emerald green of the bay is overwhelmingly beautiful! We sat there transfixed for a couple of minutes, watching the seagulls fly.
If you go to Ine, we recommend staying at least one night. Renting a car is ideal since you can get around easily even at night this way. The area is rather inconvenient for those who rely on public transportation because the last buses heading to Osaka and Kyoto tend to leave early.
Since you've come all this way, returning home so soon would be a waste. With the sea right under your room and the sunlight reflecting off the water surface, it sure feels great. You can take a leisurely cruise on a sightseeing boat, or even go fishing, which is a popular activity in the area.
It costs from 5000 yen to 20,000 yen to stay at a funaya, with rooms coming in all sorts of layouts and appearances. Aside from the option of a one-night stay with no meals, you can also make arrangements for a one-night stay and including two meals. To find a funaya to lodge in, please refer to the website of Ine Tourism Association.
Cycling Around Ine
There are free rental bikes at the Ine bus stop, which are invaluable if you plan to enjoy the sights in the area.
At Michi no Eki Funaya no Sato, you can enjoy the view of Ine Bay and dine at restaurants that use locally grown ingredients. Get on your bike and make the (occasionally rough) climb. It can be a tough path for those going on foot as part of the path consists of stairs, but we can assure you it's well worth the trip.
The view on sunny days is magnificent.