The Top 10 Sights of Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama Castle and Fukichiyama Odori Dance

Fukuchiyama Castle is said to have been built by Akechi Mitsuhide and has been registered as one of "Japan's Best 100 Historical Parks" and a "Kyoto Prefecture Tourism Asset" because of the beautiful views and sights it offers. A folk museum which exhibits articles left behind by historical castle lords is located inside the castle keep, and the Fukuchiyama City Sato Taisei Memorial Art Museum and the Tanaba Seikatsukoromokan (Tanba daily life clothing museum) are located at the base of the castle.
The Fukuchiyama Odori Dance is said to have originated when the Fukuchiyama Castle was being built over 400 years ago, and the people under Akechi Mitsuhide's rule were carrying stone and lumber for the castle and would chant "dokkoise, dokkoise" while raising their hands and swinging their legs in an interesting manner. The Fukuchiyama Dokkoise Festival is held around the time of the Bon holiday every year and the central city streets are filled with dancers.

Access

Take train to JR Fukuchiyama Station then walk 15 minutes.

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Sandan-ike Park (Izaki, Fukuchiyama City)

This is a multi-purpose park which is surrounded in lush nature and pine groves, and is a popular spot for cherry blossom and azalea viewing in the spring, and seeing the changing color of the leaves in autumn. The park features a Children's Science Center equipped with a planetarium, a zoo, an urban greening botanical garden and other facilities aimed at "allowing visitors to enjoy themselves while learning", and also has a large grassy field designed to look like a large prairie, with great views of Mount Shiroyama, making it a perfect place for families and group recreation.

Park facilities are closed every Wednesday (or the following day when a Wednesday falls on a holiday).

Access

Take train to JR/KTR Fukuchiyama Station, then take a Kyoto Kotsu Bus to the "Sandan-ike" stop, and walk 10 minutes.
Take Anga Bus to "Sandan-ike Koen" stop.

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Motoise Sansha Shrines

Motoise Naiku Kotaijinja Shrine has one of the only two black lumber tori gateways in the country, and is a shrine with a long and distinguished history, said to have been established more than 54 years before the Grand Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture. Motoise Geku Toyokedaijinja Shrine is dedicated to the agricultural god "Toyoke No Okami" who descended from heaven to the Tango region, and so is referred to as the main shrine of the Grand Shrine of Ise Geku. Motoise Amano Iwatojinja Shrine is located in a rocky ravine that seems a fitting place for the legend that says it is where gods descended from heaven. The main temple and the Gozaishi (seat stone) where the gods were said to sit are located in this secluded location.

Access

[Naiku]
Car: Approximately 20 minutes from the Kyoto Jukan Expressway Maizuru Oe IC.
Train: 15 minutes' walk from Oe-Koko-mae Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway.

[Geku]
Car: Approximately 15 minutes from the Kyoto Jukan Expressway Maizuru Oe IC.
Train: 15 minutes' walk from Oe-Koko-mae Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway.
Train: 15 minutes' walk from Oeyamaguchi-naiku Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway.

Futasegawa-Keiryu mountain stream (inside Tango Amanohashidate Oeyama Quasi-National Park)

The scenery created by the fantastically shaped rocks and winding mountain stream throughout the four seasons are of rare beauty even within Kyoto Prefecture, with the changing of the leaves in autumn being a particularly beautiful sight that draws many visitors. The suspension bridge located here is a famous location often filmed for use on television.

Access

The scenery created by the fantastically shaped rocks and winding mountain stream throughout the four seasons are of rare beauty even within Kyoto Prefecture, with the changing of the leaves in autumn being a particularly beautiful sight that draws many visitors. The suspension bridge located here is a famous location often filmed for use on television.

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Choanji Temple

A Nanzen-ji branch Rinzai Sect Buddhist temple. The temple grounds feature stunning scenery throughout the four seasons as well as a dry landscape garden, and the temple is especially famous for its beautiful views during the autumnal changing of the leaves and is widely known as "Tanba momiji tera" (Tanba Japanese maple temple). Mt. Himegami behind the temple is famous for the "Tanba daimonji" great bonfires.

Access

Take Kyoto Kotsu Bus Komaki Line from JR Fukuchiyama Station to the "Handa" stop, then walk 20 minutes.

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Obara Shrine and Ubuya

Obara Shrine is said to have been constructed in 852, and attracts many worshippers who mainly pray to the god of easy childbirth. Ubuya is a building where modern visitors can learn about ancient childbirth methods and traditions.
Ubuya uses a construction style called Tenchikongenzukuri, and both it and the Obara Shrine have been designated Kyoto Prefecture Tangible Folk Cultural Properties.

Access

Car: Approximately 10 minutes on National Route No. 9 from the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway Fukuchiyama IC.
Train: Close to the "Obara" bus stop after taking the City Bus bound for Senzoku for approximately 15 minutes from JR Ayabe Station.

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Mount Oe Mountain Range, beech tree primeval forest, and the sea of clouds

Mount Oe is a mystical mountain which is the setting for a number of Oni legends including the Oni "Shuten-doji". It is also a natural treasure trove, making it a perfect hiking destination. The "sea of clouds" that can be viewed from Onitake Inarijinja Shrine at the 8th station in the autumn makes the peaks of the mountains appear like islands floating in a milky white sea.
The beech forest is a precious remaining primeval forest. The forest was designated a "Quasi-national Park" on August 3, 2007.

Access

Take train from JR Fukuchiyama Station to Oe Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway, then take City Bus bound for "Oeyama no Ie" to the last stop and walk 1 hour.

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Ogura Basalt

Selected as one of Kyoto's Best 200 Natural Sites and a Prefecture Designated Natural Monument. Here visitors can see the hexagonal columns formed when lava flowing from an eruption of Mount Takara hardened. The area is illuminated at night, creating a fantastic and magical ambience.

Access

Car: Approximately 40 minutes on National Route No. 9 from the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway Fukuchiyama IC.
Train: Close to the "Genbungan Koen" stop after taking the City Bus Ito/Chihara Line from JR Kami-Yakuno Station.

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Tenneiji Temple

A Myoshin-ji branch Rinzai Sect Zen Buddhist temple. The temple was established in 1365 when the high priest Guchu Shukyu was invited. The Ashikaga Yoshimochi Shogun family also worshipped at the temple, and it is a famous temple which promoted the Zen culture during the Muromachi Period. The temple grounds convey the traditions and history of Zen Buddhism, and it is home to the hall of the Medicine Buddha and houses arts, crafts and other cultural assets designated as National Important Cultural Assets.
The temple is nestled in lush natural surroundings, allowing visitors to enjoy the ever-changing scenery throughout the four seasons.

Access

Take Train from JR Fukuchiyama Station to Shimoamazu Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway, then walk 40 minutes.

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Yuragawa River and Otonase Bridge

The Yuragawa River has a total length of 146 km, and has long supported the livelihoods of people in the region, including in the water transportation industry in the past. The water is clean and pure, and the river flows through lush natural surroundings, making it much loved. The Otonase Bridge which sits astride the Yuragawa River has a long history, and is even mentioned in the Fukichiyama Ondo folk song.

Access

Take train to JR Fukuchiyama Station then walk 15 minutes.

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