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Feel Cool in North Kansai!!


UpdateJune 7, 2018
ReleaseJune 7, 2018

The North Kansai area can offer many “cool” ways to enjoy the hot summer!This summer, extend your visit from Kyoto, Osaka, or Kobe to the North Kansai area to enjoy the special feel of summer there.
Express train to North Kansai from Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe
Tango2-3 hours Tajima2-3 hours
Tamba1-2 hoursWakasaji2.5-3.5 hours

Amanohashidate-machiakari (illumination of Amanohashidate Beach)

◆Mesmerizing illumination of the sand beach and pine forest at Amanohashidate, a member of the Club of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World
Event period: Jul. 14 – Sep. 2 (everyday) 19:00 – 22:30
◆Colorful decoration with Japanese umbrellas(Wagasa) and lanterns in the streets in the Monju Area near Amanohashidate, cooling down the summer heat by night strolling
Event period: Every Sunday from Jul. 15 to Aug. 19, 19:00 – 21:30

Cool Experiences in Summer

If you are an active person…

Sea kayaking

Feel the ocean! Off on an adventure into the sea!
Activity venues: Kami-cho Town, Toyooka City, Amanohashidate, Takahama-cho Town, Ohi-cho Town, Obama City, Wakasa-cho Town


Walking on the water while feeling the ocean breeze!
Activity venues: Kami-cho town, Kyotango City, Takahama-cho Town
*SUP stands for “Stand Up Paddle surfing/boarding.”
If you like to enjoy activities at your own pace…

Washi Japanese paper making workshop

Make your original postcard with Kurotani washi paper and Wakasa washi paper
Activity venues:
Kurotani washi https://kurotaniwashi.kyoto/
Kurotani washi kaikan (Washi-no-sato in Kurotani-cho Town, Ayabe City)
Kurotani-washi Kogei-no-sato (Tokuranabatake-cho Town, Ayabe City)
Wakasa-kobo studio (Kawasaki, Obama City) http://wakasa-koubou.com/
Other You can also enjoy scraping and polishing chopsticks!
*Advance reservations may be required for some activities. Fees are required to join the activities. Please check the dates of paper making workshops at the above URL.

Kinosaki Onsen Natsu-monogatari Summer Festival

Fireworks: Mon to Fri from Jul. 27 to Aug. 26 (except for Aug. 13-15) For about 10 minutes from 21:00.
Aug. 6 (Mon) Kinosaki Onsen Furusato-matsuri Festival
Aug. 26 (Sun) Kinosaki Onsen Toro-nagashi Festival
Festival Every Day!
Stroll in the town wearing yukata, enjoying the festive mood!
Kinosaki Onsen is a fun place, even in hot summer.
Enjoy the beautiful fireworks display from the onsen town!

Super Ogase Festival

Ohi-cho Town, Fukui Prefecture http://www.wakasa-ohi.co.jp/sp-ogase/
Aug. 4
A huge torch with a height of 20 meters is lit and moved around wildly. The overwhelming fire festival and the fireworks are well worth watching!

Tamba Sasayama Dekansho Festival

Sannomaru Hiroba Square at the ruins of Sasayama Castle, Sasayama City
Aug. 15-16
This bon-odori dance event is held surrounding one of Japan’s largest wooden towers. Everyone is welcome for this traditional Japanese festival!

~ Available only in Summer! Delicious Sweets ~ Sweets made with local ingredients

Gelato made with Tamba’s local ingredients
(Gelato & Sweets Tsumugi at Michi-no-eki roadside station “Tamba Obaachan-no-sato”) Kuromame tonyu (black bean soymilk) and kinako (roasted soy bean flour) are popular!
Kuromame (black bean) is a local specialty of Tamba!
Amazake ice cream made from kome-koji (malted rice)!
Kome-koji amazake (sweet fermented rice drink) ice cream (at Michi-no-eki roadside station Tango Kingdom “Shoku-no-miyako,” in Kyotango City)
You can make your own ice cream!
*The information in this article is current as of April, 2018. It is subject to change without notice.