Suggested Plans

Model Course1 Two nights and three days savoring local hot-pots meals and enjoying hot-springs bathing

  • Amanohashidate Shrine, Miyazu City, Kyoto Pref.
  • Kinosaki Hot Springs, Toyooka City, Hyogo Pref.
  • Hakuto Shrine, Tottori City, Tottori Pref.

The Japan Sea coast, where winter snowfalls are deep, offers a wide variety of local specialty hot-pot, or nabe, one-dish meals. This is the one place where luxury travel means a thoroughly warming soak in a hot-springs bath followed by hot-pot meals of several varieties, each of which highlights the distinctive flavors of the ingredients—crab, wild boar, venison, soft-shelled turtle, and so on.

Touring Amanohashidate Places of Power

The Genial Tottori Experience

1Babachan nabeSTART
2Iwai Onsen

The Genial Hyogo Experience

3Suppon Nabe
4Fureai Onsen Ojiron

Overnight Stop at Asago

5Botan Nabe
6Kurokawa Hot Springs
7Ikuno Silver Mine
8Land-locked Red-spotted Trout (Amago)

The Genial Kyoto Experience


Overnight Stop at Miyazu

10Amanohashidate Hot-Spring "Chie No Yu"
11Buri Shabu (ShabuShabu of adult yellowtail meat)
12Takao Hot-Spring "Hikarinoyu"
13Group of Brick Warehouse
14Maizuru Kani (Crab)GOAL

Day One

TottoriThe Genial Tottori Experience

Babachan nabe

Babachan nabe
Babachan is a nickname for the "Tanakagenge fish." It gains its popularity from the word "babachan," (grandma) as its face resembles that of an old woman. Its taste is light and it is rich in collagen, essential for healthy and beautiful skin.
Location Iwami-cho, Iwami-gun, Tottori
For Further Information Iwami-cho Tourist Association

Iwai Onsen

Iwai Onsen
One Japanese folk tradition is to dip hot water from a springhead and then allow the water to flow down your body, using a washcloth (called a "yukamuri") to wash your cares away. These hot spring baths are beloved and popular among the local villagers.
Yukamuri Onsen(Outside hot water ・Public bathhouse)
Location Iwai 521, Iwami-cho, Iwami-gun, Tottori
Business Hours 6:00~22:00
Days Closed Open every day
Fees Junior high school students and older: ¥300, Elementary school students and younger: ¥150
For Further Information Yukamuri Onsen

Zuisen Pure Rice Sake (Takata Brewing Company)

Zuisen Pure Rice Sake (Takata Brewing Company)
As its name implies, "country pure rice sake" has the simple flavor of real country liquor and is beloved by local residents.
Location Uradome 1694, Iwami-cho, Iwami-gun, Tottori
For Further Information

Access: National Highway No. 9 from Iwami Town, Tottori Pref., to Kami Town, Hyogo Pref.

HyogoThe Genial Hyogo Experience

Suppon Nabe

Suppon Nabe
Snapping turtles are raised for their meat in Kami-cho, making for delightful fresh meals. The turtle meat is delicately scented, and women may take note that it is rich in collagen.
Location Inner of Ojiro-ku, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo
For Further Information Ojiro Tourist Association

Fureai Onsen Ojiro

Fureai Onsen Ojiron
The hot springs of this area are surrounded by the natural beauty of the Hyonosen ski resort. Attractions include a laydown bath, where you can experience deep healing and rejuvenation of body, mind and spirit, plus an open air bath with a beautiful view. You will love the cuisine featuring the local beef of Tajima and handmade buckwheat noodles.
Location Otani 510-1, Ojiro-ku, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo
Business Hours 10:00~21:00
Days Closed Mondays (changeable by season)
Fees Adults: ¥300, Children: ¥150
For Further Information Fureai Onsen Ojiron

Roadside Station, Muraoka Farm Garden

Muraoka Farm Garden Roadside Rest Area
The Roadside Station, in the hometown of Japanese Tajima beef, offers spectacular meals featuring this wonderful beef, plus a large variety of Tajima beef souvenirs. As compared to the American version of Kobe-styled beef, Tajima beef is a deep red that contrasts with its richly marbled fats and its bold flavor. A number of stores in the area offer local fresh vegetables as well.
Location Onuka 32-1, Muraoka-ku, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo
Business Hours Restaurant:9:00~19:00
Days Closed Open every day
For Further Information Michi-no-Eki Muraoka Farm Garden

Kasumitsuru, Fukujuzou (Brand of Sake)

Kasumitsuru, Fukujuzou (Brand of Sake)
Kasumitsuru sake is brewed by this long-established firm dating from the Edo Period (17th – 19th centuries). This sake has many fans throughout the nation and abroad who love its earthy flavors mixing with sweeter, fruitier notes. Spend time looking around the firm—enjoy the samples available and buy some to take home.
Location Obara 600-2, Kasumi-ku, Kami-cho, Mikata-gun, Hyogo
Business Hours 9:00~17:00
Days Closed Open every day
For Further Information Kasumitsuru Co., Ltd.

Access: National Highway No. 178 from Kami Town, Mikata District, Hyogo Pref., to Asago City, Hyogo Pref.

Overnight Stop at Asago

Botan Nabe

Botan Nabe
The name of the dish derives from the Japanese word for a peony (botan) because sliced boar meat is arranged on a plate to suggest the shape of the flower. It is then simmered with vegetables in miso-flavored broth. Served in Asago City from November through March, it is very nourishing and free of strong smells.

Kurokawa Hot Springs

Kurokawa Hot Springs
Secluded in the mountains, the simple-thermal, alkali Kurokawa Hot Springs are celebrated for kindness to the skin and have earned the proud title of Hot Springs of Beauty. Reopened in January 2005 after renovation, the facility provides indoor baths plus outdoor baths surrounded by bamboo fences. Leisurely bathing at the Kurokawa Hot Springs brings welcome relief from the bustle of city life.

Day Two

Touring the Ikuno Silver Mine

Touring the Ikuno Silver Mine
Said to have been opened in 807, the Ikuno Silver Mine was finally closed in 1973. Today it is possible to enter the mine, experience its rocky walls, and watch mining operations of olden times reenacted by electrically operated mannequins.

Land-locked Red-spotted Trout (Amago)

Land-locked Red-spotted Trout (Amago)
Called the queen of fresh-water fish, amago is distinguished from yamame, another species of land-locked trout, by its red spots. A unique treat with firm flesh and no strong smells, it is especially fragrant when sprinkled with salt and roasted. Some places permit hand-fishing amago straight from the river then roasting and savoring them on the spot. Raised in clear mountain streams, amago with its firm texture is well worth trying.
For Further Information Ikuno Tourism Association

Access: From Asago City, Hyogo Pref., to Miyazu City, Kyoto Pref. on National Highway No. 9 to National Highway No. 175 then to the Kyoto-Jukan Expressway

Overnight Stop at Miyazu

KyotoThe Genial Kyoto Experience


Amanohashidate is considered one of the three most scenic spots in Japan and has been celebrated by poets through the ages. The 3.6 kilometer long sand bar is thick with about 8,000 Japanese black pine trees. This spot has been designated as one of the 100 best zones for pine trees.

Amanohashidate Hot-Spring

Amanohashidate Hot-Spring "Chie No Yu"
This is the first natural hot spring in the three most scenic spots in Japan. The sodium hydrogen carbonate salt springs, which contain a great deal of sodium, smooth the skin and warm the core of the body.
Location Monju 640-73, Miyazu-shi, Kyoto (in station yard of Amanohashidate of Kitakinki Tango Railway)
Business Hours Weekdays/14:00~22:00、Sat, Sun, and Holidays/12:00~22:00 (Final receptionist/21:00)
Days Closed Wednesdays
Fees Adults ¥700, Children ¥350
For Further Information Chie No Yu

Access From Miyazu City, Kyoto Pref., to Maizuru City, Kyoto Pref.: from the Kyoto-Jukan Expressway to National Highway No. 175

Day Three

Buri Shabu (ShabuShabu of adult yellowtail meat)

Buri Shabu (ShabuShabu of adult yellowtail meat)
A popular winter specialty in Japan is winter yellowtail with its solid meat and generous fat. The marbled meat of the fresh yellowtails is immersed in a pan of boiling water and flavorful soup. Eating this with sesame sauce or Ponzu* sauce—soy sauce with plenty of liquified citrus fruits is a taste sensation.
Location Ine-cho, Yosano-gun, Kyoto / Miyazu-shi
For Further Information Ine-cho Tourist Association
Amanohashidate Tourist Association

Takawa Hot-Spring

Takao Hot-Spring "Hikarinoyu"
This spring comes from 1,300 meters below ground and contains sodium hydrogen carbonate salt. It is called "the spring to make one beautiful." It is a popular spring where you can enjoy the healing baths and also have a great meal.
Location Tokura 71, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto
営業時間 10:00~23:00 (Final reception/22:30)
Days Closed Open every day
料 金 Adults ¥700, Children ¥350, Young Children Free
For Further Information Takao Hot-Spring "Hikarinoyu"

Group of Brick Warehouse

Group of Brick Warehouse
The city of Maizuru once flourished as a navy harbor. The red brick warehouses that were once used as munitions facilities are now memorial buildings and a museum. These spots retain their former atmosphere.
Location Kitasui, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto
For Further Information Maizuru Tourist Association

Maizuru Kani (Crab)

Maizuru Kani (Crab)
The Matsuba Crab unloaded at Maizuru harbor is called Maizuru crab, after the harbor's name, and Kyoto Prefecture is justifiably proud of these plentiful hauls. The thick meat of this crab is creamy and mild, and its richness makes a perfectly satisfying meal.

Roadside Station "Maizuru Harbor Toretore Center"
The Toretore Center offers a wide choice of harvest of the sea, and the fish and seafood you purchase can be quickly cooked to be enjoyed on the spot. This is also the right place to look for souvenirs at the Kamaboko shop and sushi shop.
Location Aza Shimofukui 905, Maizuru-shi, Kyoto
Business Hours 9:00~18:00 (depending on the season)
Days Closed Wednesdays (open on holidays and 7 days in December)
For Further Information Roadside Station "Maizuru Harbor Toretore Center"

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