Since rain was forecast in the afternoon, we were up and out the door early after a Japanese style breakfast.
From Miyazu, it is about a half hour bus ride to Ine (ee-nay), a sleepy fishing village on the Tango peninsula.
By eight-thirty, we were on a 30-minute boat ride to view the funaya (boat houses) village from the ocean.
Back in the olden days, this area was not accessible by car, only by boat, which is why they have these types of houses.
The bottom floors of these funaya are actually "garages" for boats and the living area of the home is located on the second floor.
We also learned that after roadways were made, the extended family lived "across the street" from the funaya.
Back on land, we walked to the minshuku that we would be staying at and left our bags.
Then we went to get bicycles.
The nice thing in this village is that you can rent "electric bicycles" for a small fee or use their "my power bicycles" for free.
The "my power bicycles" can be returned anywhere in the village, while the "electric" ones need to be brought back to the place you rent them from.
We went with the "my power" type and decided to check out the michi no eki (parking area), which was at about the middle of the village...what we didn't realize was that it was at the top of a mountain...gulp!
From the top of the mountain, you can see the whole village.
Satoshi decided that he wanted to check out the other side of the village, so we gingerly went down the steep road then made our way to the other end of the village.
On the way, we decided to stop in for coffee at Ochayanokaka. (Love their homemade cups!)
The lady was so nice (and trusting) that she left us to watch her shop until help came, while she went to be a guide for a boat tour.
We then made our way to the end of the village.
By this time we were feeling hungry, so we returned our bicycles and then went to look for lunch.
Being a tiny village, and GW, not many places were open for lunch.
We ended up waiting over an hour in line at Heishiro.
Satoshi and I had their kaisendon (seafood bowl), this hit the spot!
While waiting to check-in, we walked around the village.
There were many kura (storerooms) that had different emblems on them. These emblems are called kote-e (ko-tay-ay). The emblems are three dimensional figures, words or family crests to wish for good fortune, ocean safety and such.
Just as we checked-in to the minshuku we would be staying at, Waterfront Inn Yosaso, the rain came...good timing.
This place was renovated and the area where the boats used to park was transformed into the dining room.
This minshuku has no televisions, phones or clocks in the rooms...so bring a book!
Dinner was krazy!
All that for two....
I could only eat so much, and gave half of my crab to Satoshi...he was super happy.
Oh there was also o-suimono (clear soup) with takenoko and kelp in it and yuzu sherbet...(sorry no photos)
Totally full, with no access to wifi or tv and the rain coming down, we ended up turning in at 20:30!
It was another long but great day.
Only open on Saturday and Sunday
155 Aza Hirata
Hours: 11:00-14:00 (lunch), 17:00-21:00 (dinner)
Waterfront Inn Yosaso
507 Aza Hirata
p.s. I have a few more GW posts, so stay tuned!