Enjoy the coastline

  • Yuhigaura (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

    Yuhigaura (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

    The 8-kilometer stretch of white sands and green pines to Shotenkyo, Kumihama, with the shallow sea and rocky areas, bustle with bathers and fishers.
    You can see a beautiful evening view that represents Tango at Sunset Beach where the red sun sets over the horizon.
    There are benches along the “Yuhi-no-michi” promenade along the beach where you can relax and enjoy the sunset.

  • Kotohiki Beach (Kakezu, Amino-cho/Yu)

    Kotohiki Beach (Kakezu, Amino-cho/Yu)

    Kotohiki Beach in the northeast of Amino-cho is a 1.8-kilometer scenic beach with white sands and green pines. The sands of the beach are called “Nakisuna (chirping sands)” for the quartz contained in the sands produce a “squeaking” sound when walked on. Since the sands cannot produce the sound unless the beach is clean, visitors are requested to take away garbage and refrain from smoking to conserve the environment.

  • Hacchohama Beach (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

    Hacchohama Beach (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

    The white sand beach from its center is San’in Kaigan National Park and Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Park. The lights on the fishing boats and the sun setting over the horizon at dusk stir romantic feelings in people.
    The name of the beach is said to derive from the Haccho (872 meters) distance between Shimako Shrine and Manjo Rock.

  • Kobama Beach (Kobama, Amino-cho)

    Kobama Beach (Kobama, Amino-cho)

    There are numerous 4 x 3-meter rocks along the beach from Haccho to Kotohiki below the mountain of Hachimanjo. The rocky stretch of Manjojiki has approximately 60cm striations running horizontally and vertically between the rocks, making them look like the edges of tatami mats when viewed from the mountain’s summit at high tide.

  • Goshikihama Beach (Shioe, Amino-cho)

    Goshikihama Beach (Shioe, Amino-cho)

    Goshikihama Beach in San’in Kaigan National Park and its flat rocky stretch without a beach presents beautiful views with a complex, deeply indented coastline.
    The cave carved away by the waves is geologically rare and contains well-polished round stones of many colors from which the name of Goshikihama derives. You can observe rock formations and a variety of organisms in the tidal pools, and enjoy fishing.

Enjoy sightseeing

  • Kirifuri Falls (Shinjo, Amino-cho)

    Kirifuri Falls (Shinjo, Amino-cho)

    The falls is in Shinjo, Amino-cho, en route to Kumihama on Route 178.
    The name derives from the way the falling water hits the rock’s surface, creating a mist, and the image of Acala is carved on the sloping surface of the rocks.
    It is the largest falls in Amino-cho, with a width of 4 meters and a drop of 21 meters. It was listed as the city’s cultural property for its beauty.

  • Fudo Falls (Kitsu, Amino-cho)

    Fudo Falls (Kitsu, Amino-cho)

    Fudo Hall comes into view on the left side about 1.8 kilometers on Prefectural Road Route 666 off Route 178. The falls is behind the hall and can be seen from the road.
    It is a straight, vertical falls with a width of 2 meters and a drop of 8 meters, and although the volume of water is small, it is beautiful for the flow which separates into fine streams.

  • Hamazume Ruins (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

    Hamazume Ruins (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

    Three pit dwellings from the Jomon period, a rarity in Kansai, were discovered and one of them has been reconstructed. It provides a mysterious view which makes one feel the gaps of time for it suddenly appears among private houses. Fragments of earthenware, stone axes, arrow tips, bone needles, fish and animal bones, and acorns have been unearthed from 1 to 1.5 meters underground.

  • Shimako Shrine (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

    Shimako Shrine (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

    Shimako Shrine dedicated to Urashima Taro (Urashimako) of folklore, is located on a small hill near Asamogawa fishing port at the westernmost tip of Hacchohama Beach.
    Amino-cho is described in “The Records of the Culture and Geography in Tango Province” as the land of the legend of Urashima, and retains a strong mythology related to it, with many shrines dedicated to Urashimako and Princess Oto.
    Nearby are the Manjohama Beach where Shimako is said to have arrived back from Ryukyu Palace, the rocky stretch called Tsundame which is said to have been used as a live-box, Fukushima Island where Shimako is said to have met Princess Oto for the first time, and the “Wrinkled Chinese Hackberry” tree to which Shimako had hurled the wrinkles on his face after becoming an old man when he opened a treasure box.

  • Shizuka Shrine (Iso, Amino-cho)

    Shizuka Shrine (Iso, Amino-cho)

    The shrine’s principal deity is Shizuka Gozen, who was one of the seven princesses of Tango. She came into this world as the daughter of a Zen master in Iso, Amino-cho. Many of her personal effects were lost in the fire of 1782, and the present shrine had been rebuilt 200 meters west from its original site. The wooden structure is believed to have been built by the locals for the princess.
    There is an observation deck modelled after a theatrical stage at the back of the shrine, and it is a scenic spot which offers panoramic views of the Sea of Japan. The shrine attracts many visitors to this day for they sympathize with the princess’s tragic love affair for which she had prayed for the safety and repose of her beloved until the day she died in her 20s in Tango.

  • Ryugonji Temple (Kitsu, Amino-cho)

    Ryugonji Temple (Kitsu, Amino-cho)

    Ryugonji Temple was originally in Kobama Hanareyama (Lake Hanare, Kobama, Amino-cho) but after it was razed to the ground in 1653, it was rebuilt in 1675 in its present location. Its site is in Lake Hanare, and stone lanterns can be seen at low tide. The present Ryugonji Temple’s gate is of Kabuki-mon structure rebuilt in 1806.

  • Sunset of Yuhigaura (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

    Sunset of Yuhigaura (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

    The view of the sun setting over the horizon in the summer, and over the mountains from spring to winter is indeed spectacular. The landscape seen from Yuhigaura Beach turns crimson, making it seem mysterious and powerful. The atmosphere created by the setting sun is so spectacular that photographers queue up on clear days.

  • Lake Hanare (Kobama, Amino-cho)

    Lake Hanare (Kobama, Amino-cho)

    Lake Hanare is the largest freshwater lake in the northern region with a circumference of 3.8 kilometers and is also a class B river.
    Mt. Hanare accessible by land is in Lake Hanare, and Oka Ichigo Burial Mound and Lake Hanare Park are located by the lake. The lake has a diverse ecosystem which includes the Japanese crucian carp and the grass carp which measures over a meter. Migrant birds and waterfowls, mainly geese and ducks visit the lake, so it is an ideal place for birth-watching.

  • Northernmost Meridian Tower (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

    Northernmost Meridian Tower (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

    “Northernmost Meridian Tower”, the symbol of the northernmost location on the Japan Standard Time Meridian at 135 degrees east longitude is in Amino-cho.
    The Japan Standard Time Meridian refers to “135 degrees east longitude” stipulated by law as the meridian for establishing standard time (central standard time) in Japan. The stainless-steel tower completed in 1987 indicates Japan Standard Time and world standard times in digital format.

  • Shichiryu Pass (Shioe, Amino-cho)

    Shichiryu Pass (Shioe, Amino-cho)

    “Shichiryu Pass” between Yuhigaura and Asamogawa boasts one of the best ria shorelines in Amino-cho. Shichiryu Pass Road Park at the summit of the undulating pass has an observation area which affords views of Yuhigaura and Kumihama beaches to the west, and Asamogawa and Taiza areas to the east. The road serves as the course for the Historical Road Tango 100km UltraMarathon which runs along the coast.

  • Choshiyama Burial Mound (Amino, Amino-cho)

    Choshiyama Burial Mound (Amino, Amino-cho)

    The burial mound was built in the latter half of the early Kofun period (early fifth century) and is the largest keyhole-shaped tumulus on the Sea of Japan side. It has a total length of 198 meters, with a back part that is 115 meters in diameter and has a height of 18 meters, and a front part that is 80 meters wide with a height of 12 meters.
    The burial mound is three-tiered with stones covering the surfaces, and clay figures line the terraces that divide the sloping surfaces. The burial mound provides panoramic views of the Sea of Japan, and a large-scale keyhole-shaped tumulus such as this provides important clues as to the power of the Tango seafaring clan of that period.

  • Gomura Fault (Go, Amino-cho)

    Gomura Fault (Go, Amino-cho)

    The magnitude 7.3 Tango earthquake occurred on March 7th, 1927.
    It caused record catastrophes of 1,935 destroyed homes, 792 fatalities and 457 casualties in Amino-cho. A 13-kilometer fault appeared near the epicenter, and significant movements to the ground were recorded in Higuchi Fault (Takahashi, Amino-cho), Koike Fault (Go, Amino-cho) and Ikunouchi Fault (Ikunouchi, Amino-cho.)
    The three faults are jointly called the “Gomura Fault.” The fault shows a 60cm vertical and 185 to 275cm horizontal shift, and slickenside scratches on the granite bedrock, which are said to be very rare and important geologically.
    It was listed as a national natural monument in December 1929 as a reminder of the earthquake.

  • Mt. Takaten (Shimo’oka, Amino-cho)

    Mt. Takaten (Shimo’oka, Amino-cho)

    Mt. Takaten (altitude 285 meters) is the mountain that stands out behind the row of mountains on the west side of Shimo’oka district in Amino-cho.
    It can be seen from most places in Amino-cho and provides the perfect hiking courses, and the summit affords spectacular views, from the coastline of Amino-cho to the town.
    Vehicles are not permitted entry so it must be accessed on foot.

Play and experience

SUP (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

SUP (Hamazume, Amino-cho)

Love SUP! Love diving! Love the ocean! Aiming to be a special place where nature lovers gather…
“Kyotango 135EAST”, a facility with distinctive exposed beams, was originally a Tango Chirimen textile factory. The views from the large windows facing the sea are fantastic. Take a break with a cup of coffee after participating in an activity. Click here for details.

Hacchohama Seaside Park (Asamogawa, Amino-cho)

Hacchohama Seaside Park with views of the Sea of Japan is a multi-purpose grassy area and park where you can enjoy sports such as soccer on its expansive lawn area.
There is playground equipment for small children besides the lawn area where families can let their children play safely.
Visit here for details

Camp name Site capacity Fee Camper van access Availability
Hamazume Campsite (Yuhigaura) Approx. 250 tents ¥2,000 No Summertime only
Kobama Campsite (Hacchohama Beach) Approx. 100 tents ¥2,000 Yes Summertime only
Kakezu Campsite (Kotohiki Beach) Approx. 50 tents ¥3,000 No All year
Yu Campsite (Kotohiki Beach) Approx. 100 tents ¥4,000 Yes Summertime only

*No rental supplies. Customers must bring all their gear.
*Please note that booking is taken on the day of use onsite and not in advance.

Amity Tango (textile dyeing lesson)

You will be dyeing a cotton handkerchief using a stenciling or marbling technique. Amity Tango has the largest souvenir shop in Tango where they sell local products with a focus on items with the Tango brand certificate. They exhibit and sell products made of Tango Chirimen, cotton, agricultural and marine products, regional sakes, brewed products and Tango handicrafts.

Place 367 Amino, Amino-cho
Opening hours 10:00-16:00
Closed Tuesdays
Registration 10:00-15:00
Duration About 40 minutes
  • Pure cotton Tango Chirimen handkerchief, ¥1,500 (excl. tax)
  • Lawn cotton handkerchief (white) ¥1,000 (excl. tax)
  • Lawn cotton handkerchief (dyed), ¥1,200 (excl. tax)
Booking Amity Tango 
Kotohikihama Nakisuna Cultural Center [Shell Craft lesson]

Kotohikihama Nakisuna Cultural Center [Shell Craft lesson]

Kotohiki Beach is about 1.8-kilometers long and most of it is covered in Nakisuna (chirping sands.)
A variety of seashells get washed up on the beach where nature is conserved.
Why not make a piece unique to you using the colorful seashells that land in Kotohiki Beach? There are seven courses on offer.
Through the seashells, you can learn about the reality of things that get washed ashore, the beauty of nature and the joy of making things.

Place 1250 Kakezu, Amino-cho
Opening hours 09:00 - 17:00
Closed Tuesdays
Registration 09:00 – 16:00
Duration About 20 to 30 minutes
  • ・Kaleidoscope-making
  • ・Photo frame-making
  • ・Candle-making
  • ・Coaster-making
  • ・Cork frame-making
  • ・Hexagonal box-making
  • ・Driftwood frame-making
Booking Kotohikihama Nakisuna Cultural Center 
Kotohiki Beach [Underwater fishing experience]

Kotohiki Beach [Underwater fishing experience]

“Would you like to be a fisherman for a day?!”
There is a rocky stretch in the center of the beach called “Oiwa”, and it serves as a fishing ground.
You can purchase a “One-day fishing license” and experience underwater fishing for a limited period.

Place Kakezu Beach (Kotohiki Beach), Kakezu, Amino-cho
Season From July 1st
Hours 09:00 – 16:00
Fees Underwater fishing experience, ¥2,500
Fish-catching by hand, ¥500
Booking Fishing license vendors, Kakezu Beach Parking Lot
Enquiries Kotohikihama Nakisuna Cultural Center