Guides available in the Geopark

In the San’in Kaigan Geopark, Geopark guides and staff members of related facilities will guide you around the Geopark. They have a great deal of knowledge of the must-see spots in the Geopark, and the relationship between such spots and the Geopark. You can also ask for information on good restaurants in the area!

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Takeno Kanko-Kyokai (Takeno Tourism Association)/
Takeno Kaigan Coast Area(Takeno Kaigan Coast)

◆Comment from the Guide

We offer guided tours aboard an excursion boat on the sea off the Takeno Kaigan Coast. We also offer guided tours on land, in which we explain how the coastline of Takenohama Beach and the townscape of Takeno were formed, the history and culture of Takeno, and the "Kitamaebune" ships. You can learn fascinating aspects of the town of Takeno that only local guides know.


【Guide group address】 17-22 Takeno, Takeno-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, 669-6201
【Guiding spots】 We offer the following courses, which allow you to visit must-see spots on the Takeno Kaigan Coast and in the Takenohama area, which are Geosites within the San’in Kaigan Geopark, a designated global Geopark.
(1) Takeno Kaigan Coast (Geopark) Course: Learning about the birth of the Sea of Japan
(2) The History and Culture of Takenohama Course: Shrines, temples and traditional townscape
(3) Sacred Spots in Takenohama Course: Visiting the 33 Sacred Places of Jajayama
【Guided Tour Details】

Course (1): On this course, we will explain about the dramatic birth of the Sea of Japan through geological features such as strata and potholes, as well as elephant footprint fossils. You will come to appreciate the sheer wonder of the nature of Takeno.

Course (2): On this course, you can visit shrines and temples with long histories and traditions, including Takano Shrine and Kocho Temple, as well as streets lined with wooden fences, and maze-like alleys.

Course (3): On this course, you can visit the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage Stone Statues in Jajayama Park, originally erected in the Edo Period. From the observatory in the park, you can enjoy a wonderful, panoramic view.

Required time Approx. 1.5 hrs for each course
Fees One guide for a group of 10 or more people: 5,000 yen
One guide for a group of up to nine people: 3,000 yen
* For smaller groups, please ask us.
Hours 9:00-17:00
Last acceptance time 13:00
Reservation Required
Reserve no later than One day in advance
Guides not available Irregular holidays *Please make a reservation.
Name of the group Takeno Tourism Association
Phone number 0796-47-1080
Fax number 0796-47-1336
Others (Website)
*The above information is correct as of December 2015. Please confirm the details before you make a reservation.



Kitamaekan/Takeno Kaigan Coast Area(Takeno Kaigan Coast)

◆Comment from the Guide

Along the Takeno Kaigan Coast, there are many must-see sites in the San’in Kaigan Geopark including the Nekozaki Peninsula, Hasakari Rock and Yodo-no-domon Cave. There is also Kitamaekan, a museum on Kitamae ships, as well as a site of elephant footprint fossils. We introduce you to the treasure of the Takeno Kaigan Coast (the legacy of the geological activities of the earth) which you might have missed. There are some spots you cannot easily view from the land, but you can join a "Geo-canoe" tour to explore such spots by sea.


【Guide group address】 50-12 Takeno, Takeno-cho, Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture, 669-6201
【Guiding spots】 Takeno Kaigan Coast
【Guided Tour Details】

– Takenohama Beach: The beach, which is selected as one of "Japan’s 100 Beaches," is also designated as one of "Japan’s 100 cleanest beaches." Water quality tests annually show that the water of this beach is among the cleanest of any beach in Japan.

– Coast Road: The history of the construction of the road; a monument with an inscription of the words: "North Wind, blow carefully for children."

– The landform of the Nekozaki Peninsula, the origin of the name "Nekozaki," the rise and fall of Kitamae ship trades, Moyai Rock

– The northernmost spot in Hyogo Prefecture: The hill from which you can view the rising sun, the setting sun, and fishing fire.

– Monuments such as "the Monument of the Birth" and "the Monument of Shibano Ritsuzan"

– Geological features and fossils from the era before the Sea of Japan was formed and other evidence that the Sea of Japan used to be land.

– The geological features of the Nekozaki Peninsula, volcanic activities, wave-cut beach, wave-cut caves, and rhyolite columnar joints

– The formation of the Takeno River, Kashima (the Nekozaki Peninsula), and Takenohama Beach

– Geological features of the Tajima Kaigan Coast, Iwashiyama and sardine fishing, Seiryu Cave

– Tuff breccia rocks, Hasakari Rock, Yodo-no-domon Cave, the folk tale of Yodo-no-okimi

– Giant oarfish

– The legend of the fleeing Heike warrior in Takui, Ui Rhyolites

– The landforms of the Sea of Japan, fisheries, and agriculture in the Tajima region

Required time 60-120 min.
Fees Charged (5,000 yen for 1 guide)
For a group of less than 10 people, please ask us for the details.
Hours 9:00-17:00
Last acceptance time 16:00
Reservation Required (by phone)
Reserve no later than The day before
Guides not available Thursdays (No holidays during July and August)
Name of the group Kitamaekan
Phone number 0796-47-2020
Fax number 0796-47-2021
Others (Website)
*The above information is correct as of at the end of June, 2014. Please confirm the details before you make a reservation.