Friday, May 08, 2015


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 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.

780-3 Kameshima
Yosa-gun, Ine-cho
Only open on Saturday and Sunday

155 Aza Hirata
Yosa-gun, Ine-cho
Phone: 0772.32.0055
Closed Thursdays
Hours: 11:00-14:00 (lunch), 17:00-21:00 (dinner)

Waterfront Inn Yosaso
507 Aza Hirata
Yosa-gun, Ine-cho
Phone: 0772.32.0278

p.s. I have a few more GW posts, so stay tuned!


Kalin's Mommy said...

Hi Kat, Do you folks plan your trips or is it a tour you sign up for? Mich

K and S said...

Hi Mich,
Half and half, if we can go ourselves we do, but if there is just way too much to see we hook up with a tour.

Take care.

Tamakikat said...

Sounds like a great day. So much food for dinner. That photo of Satoshi is classic.

Rowena said...

Goood to know about the mountain part; I get it was a little workout to the top!

K said...

Everything looks great, especially that dinner!

KirkK said...

Wow, that's a major dinner!

mariko said...

Looks like a great trip! I've never been to that area. I'll put it on the list!

jalna said...

Ine looks like such a neat place!! I woulda loved to have visited there. Those homes with boat garages below . . . so interesting!

K and S said...

yup he had a great time at dinner, TK!

definitely a workout Rowena :p

it really was K!

I know Kirk!

I hope you get a chance to visit Mariko :)

Jalna, different yeah?

Take care everyone!

Michi said...

Hi Kat,
How do you booked the room at Waterfront Inn? Thks, Michi

K and S said...

Hi Michi,
You need to contact the Ine Tourism Center, they will contact the place you want to stay at and if I am not mistaken, they will also make the reservation for you.

Take care.

Michi said...

Great info, Kat! Thanks for the advice

K and S said...

Hope you have fun, Michi :)

Take care.