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Ine Town – The Quiet ‘Venice Of Japan’ Just Outside Kyoto

The boathouses of Ine, found in an area called Kyoto By The Sea in the prefecture's northern region, are an exceptionally popular tourist spot.
The houses appear to float on the sea which surrounds them and offer a scene found nowhere else. From wherever it is viewed, atop a hill, from the town, or on a boat, the town exudes a nostalgic air and is ideal for leisurely walks.
Here we'll introduce what to do in Ine Kyoto and share what incredible scenery you can find there!

Ine Japan: A tranquil fishing town by the sea

Ine Town is in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. It is located about 20 minutes by car from the scenic Amanohashidate, one of the three most scenic spots in Japan.
The houses here, known as the "boathouses of Ine", directly front the sea and the first floor is used as a storage place for boats while there are living quarters on the second floor. The houses lining the seafront in the town are of construction unique to this area which is designated an Important Preservation District of Historic Buildings.

Before you look around the town, stop by the Boathouse Village Park first. The view of the boathouses below from atop the hill is excellent. In addition to the observation deck there is also a restaurant and gift shop.

The objects floating in the middle of Ine Bay are different kinds of fish pens. Cultivation of fish, such as yellowtail and red sea bream, is extensive as is evidenced by the many rectangular and round pens in Ine Bay. After enjoying the fine view from the top of the hill, let’s now go down into the town!

Boathouse Village Park
459 Kamejima, Ine-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto Prefecture
Hours: 9:00 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Tuesdays; December 31; January 1

Ine Tourism Association: Best place to go to get information about the town

I first visited the Ine Tourism Association to learn more about Ine. It was first located in the previously mentioned Boathouse Village Park, but in order to provide better assistance to tourists and disseminate information about the town, it was moved to its present location near the entrance to the town in April 2018.

▲ Interior view of the association. It also sells original goods.

The building used to house the city’s archives before it was refurbished in a design fusing modern with old-style house that creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The association’s Mr. Yoshida assisted us in our inquiries. As this was our first time to visit Ine, he kindly offered to show us around.

▲ The general store in this town with its Showa era atmosphere. It has a very unique flavor.

First, Mr. Yoshida and I walked to the Nishihirata District on the west side. This area is close to the Tourism Association’s parking lot and one in which visiting tourists enjoy strolling about.
Many buildings from the Meiji to Show eras still remain creating a sensation of going back in time when you walk through the are…

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