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Ine (伊根) is a town located around the Ine Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture, about 15 kilometers north of Amanohashidate. This working town has a long and rich history as a fishing village and is regarded as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan.

The unique aspect of Ine are its funaya. Literally meaning "boat houses", these traditional waterfront buildings contain garages for boats on their first floors and residential space on the upper floors. Today there over 200 funaya remaining along the bay. Some of them now serve as guest houses where visitors can stay the night and experience the funaya first-hand (see external links for a list of lodgings).

The best way to see Ine and its funaya houses is from the sea. There are two types of boat tours available. Large sightseeing boats take passengers on a 25 minute loop around the bay. In addition, there are smaller sea taxis operated by local fishermen that offer a slightly more personalized and expensive experience. Unlike the large sightseeing cruises, the small boat tours require reservations beforehand, which can be made at the tourism office at Funaya no Sato Park.

The town itself is a normal town inhabited by working people, and most houses are personal residences. There are only a small number of shops and restaurants, meaning that there is not an incredible amount to do here. The largest concentration of amenities are found at Funaya no Sato Park, a road-side station on a hill above the town with large parking lots, a tourist information office, an observation deck, restaurants and shops.

Getting there and around

Buses operate between Amanohashidate Station and Ine about once per hour. The one way ride takes one hour and costs 400 yen. The buses can also be boarded at the opposite side of the sandbar at the Motoise Kono Shrine or at the lower cable car station to Kasamatsu Park, from where the one way ride takes only 30 minutes and costs 200 yen.

In Ine, all buses first make a stop at the cruise ship pier (伊根湾めぐり・日出, Inewan Meguri Hide) before serving the Ine bus stop in the town center. Afterwards, most buses continue further up the Tango Peninsula, while the rest terminate at the Ine Post Office (伊根郵便局前, Ine Yūbinkyoku-mae). Many, but not all buses also make a stop at the Funaya no Sato Park (舟屋の里公園前, Funaya no Sato Kōen-mae).

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    • Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate
      Mid-range
      Situated in Miyazu, within 2.8 km of Amanohashidate Beach and 2.7 km of Chionji Temple, Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate features accommodation with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. Yumikiro Castle Ruins is 6.9 km from Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate, while Itanami Plate Row Park is 7.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 55 km from the accommodation.
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    • Amano Hashidate Hotel
      Mid-range
      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Amano Hashidate Hotel is set in Miyazu, 700 metres from Amanohashidate Beach and 600 metres from Chionji Temple. With a garden, the 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Free private parking is available and the ryokan also offers bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. The units in the ryokan are equipped with a kettle. All rooms come with a TV, and certain units at Amano Hashidate Hotel have a sea view. A continental breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Amano Hashidate Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna and hot spring bath. Yumikiro Castle Ruins is 5.7 km from the ryokan, while Itanami Plate Row Park is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 54 km from Amano Hashidate Hotel.
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    • Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu
      Luxury
      Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu features a spacious public bath and a sauna for guests to enjoy their stay. The Western-style rooms include a flat-screen TV. A free shuttle is available from Miyazu Train Station and is about a 15-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature sea views, a seating area with sofa, a fridge and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and Japanese Yukata robes. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool that is open during the summer. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop. Laundry and photocopying services are available at the 24-hour front desk. Japanese dishes are available at Matsubashi, and a tea lounge is available as well. Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu is a 20-minute drive from the famous Amanohashidate and a 60-minute drive from Ine-no-Funaya boat garage. Tango Uocchikan Aquarium is a 10-minute drive away.
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    • Seikiro Ryokan Historical Museum Hotel
      Luxury
      Seikiro has served guests for 320 years and is a registered cultural landmark. Featuring hot-spring baths and a 100 year-old garden, it offers Japanese-style accommodation a 5-minute drive from Amanohashidate. The air-conditioned rooms at Seikiro Ryokan feature traditional Japanese bedding and tatami (woven-straw) floors, and some have a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy garden views with a cup of green tea. Miyazu Church, the oldest Catholic church in Japan, is a 5-minute walk away. Mikami Residence is also just a 5-minute walk. Amanohashidate Land Bridge is about a 5-minute drive away, and Kono Shrine is a 20-minute drive. Guests can relax with a massage, enjoy the in-house museum or simply appreciate the ryokan’s antique decor. The gift shop offers souvenirs and unique items. Japanese Restaurant Seiki serves Japanese dishes made with fresh local ingredients.
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    • Auberge Amanohashidate
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Miyazu, within 800 metres of Amanohashidate Beach and 600 metres of Chionji Temple, Auberge Amanohashidate offers accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is located 5.9 km from Itanami Plate Row Park, 8.2 km from Tango Kokubunji Ruins and 8.3 km from Tango Regional Museum of Contemporary Art. The property is non-smoking and is situated 5.7 km from Yumikiro Castle Ruins. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a TV. The units at Auberge Amanohashidate feature air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Guests at Auberge Amanohashidate will be able to enjoy activities in and around Miyazu, like fishing and cycling. Myouryuji Temple is 9.1 km from the hotel, while Daijyouji Temple is 9.1 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 54 km from Auberge Amanohashidate.
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