A Coastal Kayak Adventure in a UNESCO Global Geopark
Beautiful beaches and azure waters await in western Japan
Set off from the sandy white shores of Kirihama Beach to explore a majestic and rugged coastline by kayak. Crystal-clear waters stretch into the emerald depths of the Sea of Japan, meeting bright blue skies on the horizon. Attune your senses to the refreshing ocean breeze, warm sunshine, and gently lapping waves. Let Mother Nature work her magic as you paddle gently in and out of shallow turquoise coves.
Dramatic rock formations and forested cliffs line this pristine part of San'inkaigan National Park, a designated UNESCO Global Geopark. Head to the mysterious Monster Cave, where the striking form of scattered rocks line the coast. Legend has it that these fell into the water after an ogre tried to steal a piece of the stunning coastline, and was punished by the Sea God for his mischievous act.
The friendly team at Uminoie Meri Adventure Tours will make this kayak excursion supremely safe and comfortable, with equipment provided and groups guided by a qualified instructor. Wrap up your aquatic sojourn with a beachside barbeque, and sit back to admire the fiery glowing sunset.
Access: From Shin-Osaka Station, take the Kōnotori Llimited Express on the San’in Main Line to Kinosaki Onsen Station (about 2 hours and 40 minutes); transfer to a local train for Takeno Station (about 10 minutes); a tour operator will pick you up at Ebara Station by contacting them in advance.
Beach House Meri
Kirihama Beach, Takeno-cho, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo-ken
Approx. 2 hours or more