About Northern Kansai

Takeno Coast
One of Japan’s top 100 beaches
Image of Takeno Beach
Image of Takeno Beach and Map
Map of Takeno Coast
Takeno beach

A beautiful beach hidden along the northern shores of Hyogo Prefecture on the Sea of Japan. The clarity of the water is given highest ranks by Japan’s Ministry of Environment and the beach itself is ranked in the top 100 beaches of Japan. The official beach season is from July to August when the waters are warmest.

Beautiful from land to sea
Image of Beautiful from land to sea

The coastal road to Takeno is a popular scenic drive. It takes you along the rocky coast that is part of the San’in Kaigan Geopark (coastal geopark). Here you can see geologically diverse land formations and monuments that contain records of the process from when Japan was part of the Asian continent to its present-day formation of the Sea of Japan.

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Soft white sand stretches 1km along crystal-clear blue waters. You can enjoy the beach from late May to early or mid September when the strong winter winds start to die down, but the most popular time to visit is in July and August when the waters are warmest for swimming. The water is clear and shallow with almost no sudden drop offs making it great for children and wading.

Geo Canoe and Sea Kayaking
Geo Canoe and Sea Kayaking

This is a great and fun way to see the coast. Various tours are available from April to October. Choose from an hour tour sunrise tour to an all day tour. A guide will take you out to several points of interest and possibly through one of the caves.

Snorkeling and Diving
Snorkeling and Diving

Bring your own gear or rent from Takeno Snorkeling Center or Takeno Tourism Association. Swim through the clear waters and watch the various marine life swim below you or slip on a pair of water shoes and walk through the rocks and tide pools. You can find things such as starfish, squid, octopus, damsel fish, rays, sea urchins and more.

Points of Interest
>Hasakari Rock
Hasakari Rock

Hasakari is local dialect that roughly translate to “stuck” or “to be wedged between”. The three rocks use to be one large rock with a cave that had been eroded by the waves. Further erosion caused the upper part of the cave to collapse and become stuck creating the current natural "art" formation.

Nekozaki Peninsula
Nekozaki Peninsula

Named Nekozaki because it looks like a crouching cat from shore, but is lovingly nicknamed “Cuppie” by the locals because it looks like a cuppie doll lying on its back. Originally it was an isolated island. Sand carried out from the Takeno River and accumulation from ocean currents eventually connected it to land turning it into the current day peninsula. There is a hiking path that will take you all the way to the end, a great hike on nice days.

Burnt Cedar Houses
Burnt Cedar Houses

Walk through the town and enjoy the traditional architecture and facades of the houses. Notice that many of the houses have a dark brown or black wood siding. These were not painted, they were burnt using a centuries old technique of charring the surface of the cedar wood called yakisugi. This weathering processes gives the wood durability against saltwater, surf and sun as well as aesthetic.


You can get to Takeno from JR Kinosaki Onsen Station or JR Toyooka Station by local train. It is about 20 minutes from Kinosaki Onsen and 30 minutes from Toyooka. Get off at JR Takeno Station, if you would like to go to the beach it is only a 20 minute walk from the station.

Takeno hotel accommodation Japanese house
This homely and friendly inn is located right in front of the Sea of Japan. Enjoy the refreshing scent of the sea, mountains and tide and the changing of the scenery with all four seasons.