San’in Kaigan Geopark – Recommended Nature Spots around Kinosaki Onsen Hot Spring
Kinosaki Onsen where is famous for the traditional spa town with full of atmosphere and spa hopping is one of the most popular spots for foreigners. In fact, Kinosaki Onsen is a part of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark sites. Did you know that? Now, we introduce the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark, where is easily accessible from Kinosaki Onsen!
What is the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark ?
The San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark has had diverse geological and geomorphological features developed through the periods from the time when the Japanese Archipelago was a part of the Eurasian continent, the development of the Sea of Japan and to the present. Based on the background brought by these diverse features, there, also, are unique people’s lives, culture and history in the region.
2 Days in San’in Kaigan Geopark & Kinosaki Onsen
I recommend the 2-day model plan for visiting San’in Kaigan Geopark & Kinosaki Onsen! This course that you can experience both Japanese hot spring and nature/environment-related contents is perfect for those who want to travel local area.
Kami Town Geopark & Marine Cultural Center
Kami Town Geopark & Marine Cultural Center introduce the attractiveness of the geopark in Kami Town and the culture of people who have been living bythe Japan Sea. You can learn about attractive geopark in Kami Town and the culture of the sea of Kasumi.
Imagoura (Imagoura cove)
Kasumi area of Kami Town was recoginized as one of the locations ofJapan’s 100 Most Beautiful Sunset. At the Imagoura cove, you can see the convoluted coast line of the San’in Kaigan National Park and the brilliant sunset over the horizon in the period from May to the middle of September.
Kinosaki Onsen has been told that it was discovered by a “Kounotori” , Oriental white stork around 1400 years ago. It is a beautiful place with the willow trees along the Otanigawa River. The traditional Japanese hot spring town with wooden Japanese Ryokans has been well preserved. There are renowned 7 public baths in Kinosaki Onsen, that are more popular than baths in Ryokans. Enjoy visiting 7 baths wearing a Yukata (light cotton summer kimono) .
Genbudo Cave (Toyooka City)
Home to the five beautiful basalt Genbudo Caves with over 1.6 million years of geological history, Genbudo Park was designated in 1931 as a National Natural Monument by the Japanese Government due to their significant role in the discovery of reverse magnetization.
Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork
Hyogo Park of the Oriental White Stork was established in 1999 as a research institution for breeding and reintroduction of the Oriental White Stork, a special natural monument of Japan.
Sukyoji Temple Experience of Zen meditation
Zazen is a type of seated meditation. It starts with correcting your breathing posture, and originated in India. You can escape from hectic everyday life and open your ears to the sounds of nature during Zazen.
Geopark Sea Kayaking Adventure
Sea Kayaking, known locally as Geo-canoe, is a popular activity in the seaside town of Takeno. Paddle out into the Sea of Japan, exploring the coastline. A certified instructor will guide you.
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