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“Venice of Japan” Ine No Funaya Abounds With Fresh Sushi and Instagrammable Views


Seaside village Ine no Funaya may be the lesser-known neighbor of the famous Amanohashidate sandbar, but it offers something unique from the usual geisha-and-torii-gates image we get of Kyoto.


Surrounded by turquoise-clear sea, this small and quaint fishing village in Northern Kyoto, whose name translates to “the boathouses of Ine,” is perfect for a road trip with your friends. 


True to its name, the village has about 230 funaya (traditional wooden boathouses) situated along a 5-kilometer stretch of shoreline. Described as the “Venice of Japan,” this postcard-perfect destination was the scene of the legend of Urashima Tarō, the fisherman who was rewarded with long life and a visit to the Dragon Palace under the sea for saving a little turtle. 


Postcard-perfect scenes abound at Ine no Funaya.


When in Ine, the local seafood is a must-eat. Check out Wadatsumi Sushi Restaurant, where you can enjoy delicious, fresh, and affordable sushi while basking in the view of the sea before you. Filling lunch sets range from ¥2,000-¥3,000. 


Enjoy breathtaking views at Ine Café.


For dessert, head on next door to Ine Café, where more views of the calm waters and lush landscapes can be savored along with your choice of coffee and cake. Perfect for the ‘gram!
If you are up for some outdoor activities, take a boat tour around the neighboring islands or visit one of the funaya to learn more about the locals.

Insider tip: To get a panoramic view of Ine no Funaya, make sure you stop by Funayanosato Park, a rest stop right before you enter the village.



Don’t miss the fresh and affordable sushi!



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