San’in Coastal Geopark

Step into Nature and History
The San’in Coastal Geopark is a beautiful nature park with many interesting geological features relating to the process of Japan’s separation from the Asian Continent. The breathtaking views range from beaches and sea caves to sand dunes, volcanoes and waterfalls. There is also a great biodiversity of plants, marine creatures, and bird life. Combined with the picturesque scenes of nature is a rich cultural experience, the park gives valuable insight to how this unique environment shaped the cultures and industries in the region over time. These vary from the kitamaebune ships, to rice terraces, hot springs, and the fishing industry. Some of the highlights of the Geopark include:

GeoCanoe

A GeoCanoe tour is the perfect way to explore the pristine coastline of the Sea of Japan. This adventure gives you a close-up view at the intricate ecosystems and sea caves of the Geopark coastline. The tour is guided by a certified instructor for a safe, informative experience.

Takeno Beach

The northern part of Toyooka, facing the Sea of Japan, has many spectacular marine spots for swimming and snorkeling. In particular, Takeno beach, found in the central area of the San’in coastal National Park, is one of the best and has been ranked by the Ministry of the Environment as one of Japan’s top 100 swimming beaches and top 100 coastlines. Takeno beach is famous for its white sand and enjoyed by many in the summer months.

Genbudo Cave

Genbudo is a natural formation that was made from flowing lava during a volcanic eruption over 1.6 million years ago. Magnificent hexagonal basalt pillars were formed by the power of the waves hitting against it over the years, and are designated as a National Natural Monument. A cave has also been created after people mined the area for the rock. The cave is a short 3-minute ferry ride across the Maruyama River, and is within walking distance of Genbudo Cave Museum. Also formed by volcanic activity is the 32 meter high Hattan Waterfall. The area has beautiful floral scenery, with pink colored rhododendron, walnut and chestnut trees, osmund and other edible plants. This scene is completed by the rainbow that often appears due to the spraying of water in the basin of the waterfall. As autumn comes beautiful trees of red leaves can be seen and come winter the waterfall freezes over to present a spectacular natural ice sculpture.

is a 3minute ferry ride from the station.

Notes:

GeoCanoe
Airport:
Itami Airport
How to get there:
Walk for between 15 and 20 minutes from Takeno Station.

Takeno Beach
Address:
17-22, Takeno Town Takeno, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture
Hours:
8:30 to 17:00 (Swimming season from early July to late August)
How to get there:
Walk for between 15 and 20 minutes from Takeno Station.

Genbudo Cave
Address:
1362 Akaishi, Toyooka city, Hyogo Prefecture
Hours:
08:30 to 18:00
Closed:
Open all year
Admission:
Free
Airport:
Tajima Airport
How to get there:
By public transportation:
Take the JR San'in line or Zentan Bus to Genbudo Station. Genbudo Cave

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