A Geosite of a lagoon (Kumihama Bay), a sandbar (Shotenkyo), and the Tango Dunes, where you can learn about agriculture and fishery utilizing these geological features

Kumihama Bay & Tango Dunes
(Kumihama Bay & Tango Dunes)

In and around Kumihama, you can enjoy the beautiful landscape of Mt. Kabuto, Kumihama Bay, Shotenkyo, the Tango Sand Dunes, and other places of unique geological and topographical features that have been formed. They tell us how the earth has moved from the era when the Sea of Japan was formed to the present day. People have lived here utilizing these geological and topographical features. For example, in Kumihama Bay, which is a lagoon, oysters are cultured using floating rafts. Melons, watermelons, and sweet potatoes are grown on the sand dunes. Pears and peaches are grown on the fields on the coastal terraces and on the hills. Rice is grown on the wet land on the river banks and at the mouth of the river. You can learn about how people have developed agriculture and fishery to suit a wide variety of geological and topographical features.


Kumihama Bay
Kumihama Bay is an inland bay that was separated from the Sea of Japan with the development of the sandbar (Shotenkyo). While the Sea of Japan is very rough during winter, the waves and weather are relatively milder within the bay. Here the culture of oysters developed, and the landscape of a range of oyster rafts is registered on the list of Kyoto Prefecture’s Cultural Landscapes.
Kyotango City Tourism Promotion Department
Tango Dunes
Broad, sandy land consisting of old dunes and new dunes spread along the coastline from Minatomiya, Kumihama Town to Hamazume, Amino Town. Here you can observe various beach plants such as toteiran (Veronica ornata) and yusuge (Hemerocallis citrina).
Kyotango City Tourism Promotion Department
Shotenkyo Sandbar
This is a sandbar that developed to separate Kumihama Bay from the Sea of Japan. The landscape of the sandbar resembles that of Amanohashidate, revered as one of the Three Greatest Views of Japan. This is why the sandbar is named Shotenkyo, meaning “Little Amanohashidate.” The 8-km-long sandy beach is the longest beach in the northern Kinki region.
Shotenkyo Tourism Association
Kumihama Marukajiri Festival (Oct.)
An industrial fair is held that gathers products produced in this town. You can also enjoy observing and shopping at a great flea market visited by as many as 10,000 people.
Kumihama Marukajiri Festival Organizing Committee Secretariat


Mt. Kabuto, a 191-meter-high hill stands to the southeast of Kumihama Bay. The observatory on the top of the hill had become old and was rebuilt into a new wooden observatory in May 2015. You can enjoy a magnificent view from this observatory. The landscape of Shotenkyo and the sandbar that separates Kumihama Bay from the open sea spread before your eyes. You can also enjoy the landscape of oyster rafts floating in the bay. The beautiful landscape of Kumihama Bay has been created both naturally and artificially. This is why this landscape was selected as one of the most beautiful views that represent the charms of Kyoto Prefecture. 

Group name: NPO Group Town Development Support Center  Name: Tadahiro Nakae
Kyotango City Tourism Association, Kumihama Town Tourism Information Office   772 Kumihama Town, Kyotango City





【内 容】久美浜湾の中央部にそびえる火山岩の残丘「かぶと山」に登り、雄大な日本海と、海流が作り出した独特な景観を楽しむことができるコース
【見 所】かぶと山公園、かぶと山展望台、人喰岩など
【距 離】約5.3km(基本コース)、約1.3km(ショートコース)


【内 容】自然を神として生きてきた古代の人々の暮らしをうかがうコース
【見 所】久美浜の街並み、小天橋、かぶと山、丹後砂丘など