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Funaya Boathouses of Ine

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Enjoy views of snow-clad boathouses in this charming fishing village on the coast of the Sea of Japan

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Ine is a fishing village on the coast of the Sea of Japan in the north of Kyoto Prefecture. The village is famous for its some 230 funaya, wooden boathouses, lined up for five kilometers along Ine Bay. The houses have an unusual construction. The first floor, which offers 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 are more than 300 years old 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 boathouses, as well as on the surrounding trees and hillsides.

How to get there

Take the train from Shin-Osaka Station to Amanohashidate Station, which takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes. it is about a 1-hour bus ride from Amanohashidate Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway.


491 Hirata, Ine-cho, Yoza-gun, Kyoto-fu


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