Funaya Boathouses of Ine
Kyoto by the Sea DMO
Ine is a fishing village on the Sea of Japan coast in the north of Kyoto Prefecture. The village is famous for its some 230 funaya, wooden boathouse lined up for 5km along Ine Bay. The houses have an unusual construction. The first floor, with direct access to the sea, is used to store boats and fishing gear. Above this is a secondary living room which is connected to the main house with access to the road.
The funaya have at least a 300 year old history and are a designated Group of Historic Buildings, a category under Japan's Historic Preservation Act. Throughout the seasons these functional buildings look beautiful. Cherry blossoms bloom around them in spring, mountain trees grow thick with green leaves in summer, then turn red in autumn. Perhaps best of all is the winter season when thick piles of snow glisten on the roofs of the boathouse, as well as on the surrounding trees and hillsides.
About 60 minutes by bus from Amanohashidate Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway. If driving, exit at the Yosa Amanohashidate Interchange on the highway and take Route 176 through 178, a journey of about 40 minutes.
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