Friday, October 21, 2016

Touring around Tango Peninshula

Tango peninsula juts up the Sea of Japan on the northern coast of Kyoto Prefecture.

Day One

Amanohashidate (天橋立), literally meaning “bridge in heaven,” 
is a 3.6 kilometer long sand bar clad with numerous pine trees. 
It spans across Miyazu Bay and is one of Japan's three most scenic views 
along with Miyajima and Matsushima

We walked the land bridge under the canopy of pine trees or along the water's edge.

The land bridge is best viewed from the hillside on either the south or north side of it. 
The observation deck at the Kasamatsu Park on the north side is a birthplace of “upside-down viewing." 
Turn your back to the land bridge, bend forward, and look at it  between your legs.
When you see a dragon floating to heaven, you'll have a good luck.

By the way, Japanese two researchers were awarded Ig Novel Prize for investigating
 how people perceive distances when they bend over and look between their legs. 
According to the research, things look a little nearer and smaller.

Three-year-old Y did upside-down viewing well.

Yuhigaura (夕日ヶ浦)is at the western coast of the peninsula.
The coast is famous for the beautiful sunset on the horizon.
The sun wasn't seen that evening.
but the scenery was simply beautiful with the slightly reddening horizon
and the darkening blue sea.

Surfers go surfing to the Sea of Japan for bigger waves from autumn to winter.
Winter is the best season.

A leisurely time in the traditional Japanese Inn’s room with an open-air bath.  
We had a good night sleep. 

Day Two

Kotobikihama (琴引き浜) Beach is about 1800 meters long with singing sands.

The town of Ine (伊根) is at the western coast of the peninsula.
It is an important preservation district for the traditional structures of Funaya boat houses,
the first floor for boat-slit and the second for dwelling.
These are the nearest houses to the sea in Japan.

Modern ships bigger than traditional ones got unable to stay in the first floor of Funaya.

Sandwitched between the mountains and the sea,
about 230 traditional structures are lined up for 5 kilometers along the Bay of Ine.

Two days before the trip, I cheered my granddaughters at the Sport Day event of their kindergarten.
Five-year-old F showed off group gymnastics, dance with color guard flags 
accompanying boys’ marching band, and relay; 
three-year-old Y ran a race and performed penguin dance. 
Two of them enjoyed fun games with their parents, too. 

While I enjoy each event with my families or friends in the lingering summer heat,
 season is progressing very slowly for sure.
The rest of October is also going to be eventful.
Keep tuned!

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  1. Looks like a great time, and your photos are really beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

  2. 本当にお忙しそうな日々でしたね。でもお天気に恵まれて良い旅ができて良かったです。お孫さんの成長は早くてもう運動会。楽しみが増えてますますいそがしくなりますが、子供たちの元気な姿から、私たちも元気をもらえます。私は夫の用事をかねて、毎年同じ時期に日本海側に行くので、殆ど台風と重なり、お天気に恵まれたことがありません。伊根では、毎年8月最終土曜日に花火大会があるので、いつかその日に合わせていきたいと願っています。

  3. Amazing pictures !!!! You did a really great job !!!!
    Thanks for sharing !
    Have a lovely weekend !

  4. こんばんは。三世代でのご旅行でしょうか。素敵ですね。 Tomoko sama に続いてYoko sama の後ろ姿ですか。今夜は楽しい夢が見れそうです。
    私の方も昨日、初孫が産まれて、漸く私もG3 になりました。

  5. Qué maravilla, unas hermosas fotos. Muchas gracias. Besetes.

  6. Dear Yoko,
    I loved your trip! I was about to say: and most of all the kids' fun, but it won't be true - the whole trip is enjoyable. So many new discoveries of Japan, you are a great guide! The colour range is a lot different from Nara, with shades of blue and grey predominating. Soothing and invigorating at the same time. Thanks a lot!
    Your grandchildren are cutest little things!
    Have a great week end,

  7. Gorgeous shots indeed! And I love the land bridge - and the shots of the kids.

  8. Woow. How wonderful photo. I love the sea and can spend hours watching him. You've had a good trip, we've done for you to share. Thanks Yoko.
    Good weekend.

  9. Hello Yoko - I really enjoyed seeing your coastal scenes from Japan - it is always lovely to see little childrens great interest and curiosity when they see the coast and its lapping waves for the first time.
    Sports Day looks lots of fun for both the children and those watching.
    I am pleased that you enjoyed such a lovely trip - the traditional Japanese Inn with the open-air bath looks to be the perfect place to relax and stay.

  10. Fantastic photos. I am delighted landscapes.
    Yoko, thank you that I could see it.

  11. I don't know what to say because how can words express the beauty I see in these photos. Love the bay, the beaches, the land bridge, the fishermen's houses, the traditional Japanese inn, the way you turned photos into water color paintings, and that gorgeous panorama of the Bay of Ine, and the pictures of the kids having fun together! What a joyful and colorful post and I thank you for sharing the beauty of your land and your family and your people!

  12. Oh, and I really love you new blog look...The background is perfect for "Stardust."

  13. Now you have me wondering about what is to come later in October, stardust. I like the watercolour effects of what looks like paintings from your trip. The slender largely natural bridge across the water is amazing and I hear very popular with tourists and locals alike. The dragon references make it all the more fun and fanciful.

    I heard there was an earthquake close to the surface in central Japan but that, although there was some damage, no one was hurt thank goodness! These earthquakes shake confidence but make us appreciate life all the more.

  14. Fabulous pictures as usual! Your country is really stunning! Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
    Have a great weekend!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  15. What a wonderful post! I learned so much and got to see those beautiful children. Now I need to try upside down viewing - I hope I can keep my balance! The peninsula and seaside are so scenic. Those houses are truly right on the water - I wouldn't want to walk in my sleep. Great photos, Yoko.

  16. Greetings again! Thank you, dear Yoko, for your wonderful comments on Ocala! And I wanted to say that as I looked over the photos in this post, I was again so impressed...they give me a warm feeling inside and that doesn't happen very often. I'm hoping your life is filled with joy and love!

  17. ✿゚ه° ·.
    Paisagens lindas, fotos maravilhosas!
    Bom fim de semana com tudo de bom!
    🌿🌾ه° ·.

  18. your grands are so cute! i'm not sure about upside-down viewing, but your right-side-up views are just beautiful. bridge in heaven seems appropriate. :)

  19. Ah, how I wish I could jump right there in dear Yoko, on the observation deck and bend along Y to view the bridge of heaven! Brilliant scenic pictures all around, the sky with its delicate hues radiates a lot of peace and the Japanese inn, absolutely spic and span, is inviting. I would love a vacation like this, the pictures of the kids are so adorable, their pictures bring joy in my heart. I am always tuned for more!

  20. What magnificent scenery! And the "water colours" look beautiful. I love the photos of the children. Have a great weekend.

  21. What a pretty place! Thanks for sharing. It would be fun to view the land bridge upside-down.

  22. Such a beautiful area. Thank you for sharing your photos. The inn is quite inviting. So different than how I tend to create a home, but i like it so much.
    So glad you had a good time with your grandchildren.

  23. Beautiful seaside adventure, love it.

  24. Hello Yoko! Water,sky,land - all so beautiful and interesting.
    Wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves,especially the children.
    Lovely photos!

    Wishing you a happy week,

  25. Amanohashidate is a beautiful place. I would love to turn round and view it in the traditional Japanese manner, but I would probably fall over! I did not know about Tango hanto so I looked it up on a map of Japan. You are lucky to visit the ocean. I lived by the sea for my first 20 years, but now I am happy if I see the ocean once a year.
    Your little granddaughters are sweet. I wish I could see the penguin dance!

  26. Dear Yoko,
    Have you ever dealt with missing comments? They are published, you receive a notification, and then they are gone, do not appear in the blog. That has become a recent problem in my blog. Any idea, offer, solution? Thanks in advance!

  27. I hope this finds you and yours doing well. May we display your header on our new site directory? As it is now, the site title (linked back to its home page) is listed, and we think displaying the header will attract more attention. In any event, we hope you will come by and see what is going on at

    1. Excuse me for this late answer, Jerry. I visited you but didn’t know what to do there. I think I saw my blog name in the list of Japanese bloggers then, which I thank you, but today I can’t find where. Anyway, I’m all right with your use of my header.


    2. You do not have to do a thing. In fact, I just did it. Thank you so very much for giving permission. You can see your linked header under All, Daily Life, Gardening, Land/Sea/Skyscapes, Photography, Travel and Japan. If you could say something (preferably good) about here and there, I would greatly appreciate it.

  28. This looks like the places that dreams are made of :)

  29. your capturing is so powerful
    this place is so captivate .
    these photos give the FEEL of actually being the part of those beautiful moments you shared

  30. Yokoさん。ご無沙汰しております。日本三景のうち天橋立だけは未だ訪れたことが無いため、とても羨ましく思いながら写真を拝見させていだきました。関西方面に立ち寄ったら是非訪れてみたいです。神道オタクの自分としては、丹後国一之宮の籠神社も絶対外せません^_^

  31. 大変ご無沙汰しています。 お元気ですか? 楽しい旅になったようで、良かったですね。 このあたり私はまだ行った事がないのですが、バケットリストに入っています。 リストと言えば、先月パリ旅行やっと果たせました。来年は桜の季節に、日本に行きたいと思っています。奈良か京都か、はたまた知る人ぞ知るみたいな旅行客が少ないところが、いいかなとあれこれ迷っています。温泉ははずせません。泊まられた旅館、素敵ですね。 ところで、このコメント届くかなあ、、、。

  32. Olá Yoko!
    As fotos estão incríveis, o local é muito belo, as casas próximas da água são diferentes e tem beleza. O céu em tom avermelhado é belo.
    Parabéns as sua netas, aplaudi aqui, também.
    Um beijo e forte abraço do Brasil. Boa noite.

  33. These photos are gorgeous and I like the boat houses; it could be interesting to live in one, and also the long tree lined pathway across the water would be fun to walk.

  34. What a fantastic place! Undoubtedly you have had to be pleasing days there. The optimism and the playful touch of the photos transformed into water-colors confirms it. I don´t know if you saw the dragoon, but surely he was not walking far, so as good dragoon it will be able to choose, and these places are really special and attractive. Really curious it of the study on the human vision in the position in that it is necessary to see the mythical personage.

    A marvellous plan to enjoy of a few days close to the sea and to see the sports exhibition of the children. A pleasure to be able to see it with this luxury of images and commented by the authoress.

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  36. These are breathtaking pictures, Yoko. You know, my best friend is Japanese, we have met in the UK while I was studying there. Each time she returns to Kyoto to visit her parents, she sends me wonderful postcards. Some of your photos reminded me of these postcards. Really gorgeous your photo galleries. Have a great week ahead :)

  37. I loved seeing these photos. I've never been to Amanohashidate and I am totally intrigued. I've been to Matsushima and Miyajima several times. My grandmother hired a driver to take us once and a cousin drove us another time since they live in Sendai. We've also been there with a tour. But I'm loving the sound of Amanohashidate. It sounds so very interesting. Your English is absolutely awesome, by the way. I am very impressed. I'm wondering if you have studied in the U.S.


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