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【Kyoto】Crab and Yellowtail Shabu-Shabu with an Awesome View! Traveling Through Amanohashidate

Kyoto’s Amanohashidate is famous as one of the three most scenic views in Japan. With the distant seas spreading on both sides of the pathway, it feels like an actual bridge to heaven. Winter is the season of kani (crab) and buri (yellowtail). The yellowtail that is caught at the Sea of Japan in winter, which is called Kanburi (winter yellowtail), is said to be at its most delicious state this time of year. Kanburi that is cooked as shabu-shabu (thinly sliced meat and vegetables boiled quickly, and then eaten with dipping sauce) is called Buri-shabu, and this dish apparently originated from Amanohashidate. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s head to Amanohashidate for its power spots and momiji (autumn foliage). Try their two major dishes during the winter! <This information is from KansaiWalker (issued on October 24, 2017)>

Gobble Up Fatty Kanburi Shabu-Shabu!

Kairakumi is a restaurant that is located on the second floor of Showa Bussan – a souvenir shop in Amanohashidate. Here, you can taste shabu-shabu that contains Kanburi caught from Ine Bay. The yellowtails caught at the Sea of Japan are most delicious during winter, since they are full of fat by then. You will be in awe of the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of this fish when you take a bite.

Try the Kanburi Shabu-Shabu Course 1-Ninmae (good for one person) (3,455 JPY ※The dish shown in the photo is for two people). It comes with Kanburi, which you can actually eat raw, together with local vegetables and other ingredients. Dip the fish meat in the sauce that has grated radish once or twice before you pop it in your mouth.

It is near Chionji Temple. The first floor of the shop sells products like Amanohashidate souvenirs and dried local fish.
■ Kairakumi <Phone: 0772-22-2451 (Showa Products Ltd), Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (last order), 10:00 am – 6:30 pm (last order) on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, Closed: Irregular days, Seating capacity: 50 seats, Smoking: Non-smoking, Parking space: 3 vehicles (free), Access: Short walk from Kyoto Tango Railway’s Amanohashidate Station>

Kairakumi

640-59 Monju, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto

Filled with the Delicious Taste of Koppe! Savor Local Donburi in the Tango Area

Baikei is a restaurant that is located near the Kaisen-kyo (rotating bridge) in Amanohashidate. When you come here, you have to try the Koppe-don (bowl of rice topped with koppe). Koppe is the female Matsuba-gani (called Seko-gani). This dish is only available in the Tango area during the fishing season for Seko-gani. It’s so delicious that you are bound to be hooked on the uchiko (unfertilized roe) that has a robust taste, as well as the crunchy sotoko (fertilized roe).

This is the Koppe-don (1,800 JPY). On top of the rice are generous amounts of small pieces of crab meat, as well as the uchiko and sotoko of Seko-gani. They only prepare around 20 bowls of this delight in a day, so it’s out of the menu as soon as the last bowl is sold.

Inside the restaurant are tables with chairs and a raised tatami area. It is crowded with travelers during lunch on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays, since it is close to Amanohashidate.

■ Baikei <Phone: 0772-22-5145, Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Closed: Wednesdays (the following day if Wednesday is a public holiday), Seating capacity: 52 seats, Smoking: Non-smoking, Parking space: 2 vehicles (free), Access: 3-minute walk from Kyoto Tango Railway’s Amanohashidate Station>

Baikei

644 Monju, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto

Check Out One of Japan’s Three Most Scenic Autumn Foliage Scenes and Power Spots!

After you’ve had your fill of the two main dishes containing crabs and Kanburi, stroll around Amanohashidate. Go to Nariai-ji Temple that has must-see autumn foliage, and also visit the Motoise Kono Shrine that is famous as a power spot!

Legend has it that Amanohashidate originated from the ladder that the deity, Izanagi no Okami, built to connect to Earth. However, it eventually fell to the ground. The photo shows the stunning view that people can get from Amanohashidate View Land.

By walking on Amanohashidate, you can cross from the Monju side to the Ichinomiya side. Hiking will take just about 50 minutes one way, so it’s recommended to go!

The Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat also runs along Amanohashidate.

■ Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat <Phone: 0772-22-2164, Hours: 15 trips in a day that depart from Amanohashidate Pier from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, and 22 trips in a day on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays that depart from Amanohashidate Pier from 9:00 am to 4:20 pm, Closed: None, Fare: From Amanohashidate Pier: One-way to Ichinomiya Pier (530 JPY) and round-trip to Ichinomiya Pier (960 JPY)>

■ Amanohashidate Cable Car/Lift <Phone: 0772-27-0032 (Tango Kairiku Kotsu Nariai Sales Office), Operating hours of the cable car: Runs every 15 minutes from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, and every 15 minutes from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm in December – February, Closed: None, Fare: Round-trip (660 JPY), Operating hours of the lift: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Closed: December 1, 2017 (Fri) – February 28, 2018 (Wed), Fare: Round-trip (660 JPY)>

28th Temple in the Saigoku Pilgrimage with Gorgeous Fall Foliage and Amanohashidate

Nariai-ji Temple is the 28th temple in the pilgrimage of the Saigoku Sanjusansho (33 temples in the Kansai region) that stretches to the mountainside of Tsutsumigatake. The precinct overlooking Amanohashidate is famous for sakura (cherry blossoms) and shakunage (rhododendron) in the spring, and momiji (fall foliage) in the autumn.

The view of Amanohashidate, which goes beyond the autumn leaves that color the temple grounds, is such a spectacular scene! You can only find this kind of scene during the autumn.

■ Autumn Leaves DATA/Viewing period: Early to mid-November, No. of trees: Unknown, Type of trees: Maple, and so on.

■ Nariai-ji Temple <Phone: 0772-27-0018, Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Closed: None, Fees: Entrance fee to the mountain: 500 JPY, Parking space: 50 vehicles (free), Access: Approx. 10 minutes from Kasamatsu Park via Tozan Bus>

Nariai-ji Temple

339 Nariaiji, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto

Be Blessed at the Greatest Power Spot in Tango

Motoise Kono Shrine is an ancient temple that has a reputation for being the most prestigious in Tango. It is called “Motoise” because Toyouke-no-Okami and Amaterasu-Omikami from Ise Jingu were transferred to this shrine. This shrine adopts the Yuiitsu-shinmei-tsukuri (a kind of architectural style), which is similar to Ise Jingu, and the five-colored thrones enshrined in the bridge railings of the Honden (main shrine) are precious items that you can only find here and at Ise Jingu.

This is an old shrine that has been in existence since ancient times. Manai Jinja Shrine (the main hall is currently under renovation until the autumn of 2018) at the back is home to the sacred water called “Ame no Manai no Mizu”.

Worship at the main shrine, and then go to Manai Jinja.

■ Motoise Kono Shrine <Phone: 0772-27-0006, Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm, Closed: None, Fees: Worshipping is free, Parking space: 150 vehicles (700 JPY per day), Access: 60-minute walk from Kyoto Tango Railway’s Amanohashidate Station or a 3-minute walk from the Ichinomiya Pier via the Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat>

Motoise Kono Shrine

430 Ogaki, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto

Crab and Buri-Shabu – Two of the Biggest Dishes in the Winter! Check Out This Popular Crab Inn, Too

Charoku Bekkan is a simple Japanese-style inn with a sukiya (teahouse) style of architecture that is situated in a tranquil spot overlooking Amanohashidate. This inn takes pride in its Kyoto-style kaiseki ryori (traditional Japanese meal that is brought in courses) that incorporates ingredients from the Tango area. The crab and Kanburi dishes are especially famous during the winter. They also offer packages that will let you taste the two main dishes that best represent winter in Amanohashidate.

This is a popular package that will let you savor crabs and Kanburi at the same time.

This inn has a total of 11 guest rooms, ranging from the Naniwa (shown in the photo) and other standard rooms, up to the special Horai.

■ Kani x Kanburi ~ Toshun “Umi no Megumi” Yokubari Plan ~<Price: Starts at 30,240 JPY per person for an overnight stay with two meals ※Applies in the case of two guests in one room, Period: November 7, 2017 (Tue) – March 31, 2018 (Sat), The Kani and Kanburi Plan has a total of 11 dishes, including snow crabs, Kanburi sashimi, char-grilled crab, crab tempura, and buri-shabu. There are also day-tour packages with crabs and Kanburi>

■ Charoku Bekkan <Phone: 0772-22-2177, Hours: Check-in: From 2:30 pm, Check-out: Until 10:30 am, Closed: Tuesday (open if Tuesday is a public holiday), Parking space: 11 vehicles (free), Access: 10-minute walk from Kyoto Tango Railway’s Miyazu Station ※Free shuttle bus available (reservation required)>

Charoku Bekkan

2039-4 Shimasaki, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto

Access to Amanohashidate from Osaka

【Car】From Osaka to Amanohashidate, it will take around 115 minutes to travel the approximately 134km distance from Hanshin Express Minatomachi Entry to Miyazu Amanohashidate IC. Toll fee is 5,110 JPY (with ETC discount: 4,070 JPY). From Miyazu Amanohashidate IC, head north on Prefectural Route 9, turn left at the Hamamachi intersection, go northwest on National Route 176, and then go towards the direction of Amanohashidate by following the guide signboards. It will take around 10 minutes to drive that approximately 5km distance.

【Train】 Getting to Kyoto Tango Railway’s Amanohashidate Station from JR Osaka Station will take around 100 minutes on the Limited Express Train KONOTORI to Kinosaki Onsen, and about 40 minutes on the Limited Express Train HASHIDATE going to Amanohashidate after transferring at JR Fukuchiyama Station. Fare for a one-way trip is 4,760 JPY (including the limited express fee).

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 11.15.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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