Chutan

Surrounded by the rich nature of the Tamba Mountains and the Sea of Japan "Chutan Aria"

Located north of the center of Kyoto Prefecture, this area includes three cities: Fukuchiyama City, which retains the appearance of a castle town; Ayabe City, where ancient Japanese farming villages can be seen; and Maizuru City, which faces the Sea of Japan and developed as a military port. The "YURARI" Cycling Road, a 100-km-long cycling course along the Yura River, a first-class river, takes cyclists around the entire Nakatan area, with blue lines and other road markings, and support stations where air pump and tools are available for rent.

Chutan Area Cycle Route Information

Highlights

Fukuchiyama-Jo

Address | 5 Naiki, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto Mitsuhide Akechi, who conquered Tamba in 1579, built the castle and town as a base for his campaign in the western part of Japan. The stone walls, piled using a technique known as nosazurazumi, have remained in place for approximately 440 years.

Japanese Demon Exchange Museum

Address | 909 Busshoji, Oe-cho, Fukuchiyama City, Kyoto This museum specializing in demons exhibits and introduces materials related to demons from all over Japan and the world. Among them, the giant 10-ton ogre tile "Oeyama Heisei no O-oni," which sits in the garden, amazes many visitors.

Kanbarahashi bridge

Address | Uehara-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto - Hirose-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto It spans over the Yura River and connects Kanbara-cho, Ayabe City, to Hirose-cho, Ayabe City, and is a living bridge for two-wheeled vehicles and pedestrians only. It was built in 1954 and is approximately 100m long.

Yamaga Fureai-no-Eki

Address | 8-5 Tojiri, Uehara-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto Located a 1-minute walk from Yamaga Station, it sells fresh local vegetables and processed products. The café space (Cafe Fureai no Eki) serves food made with ingredients produced in the Yamaga area. The lively wall painting on one of the building's exterior walls is a landmark.

Niou-no-Sumika

Address | 8-2 Ichibashita Mutobe-cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto The local shared space "Niou-no-Sumika" offers boxed lunches and café lunches using local ingredients. Workshops are also held regularly.

Maizuru Red Brick Park

Address | 1039-2 Kitasuke, Maizuru City, Kyoto The red-brick warehouse was built between 1900 and 1921 as a storage facility for munitions for the Maizuru Township Office. Today, it is a popular tourist spot that houses a museum with exhibits, event space, stores, and other facilities.

Kitasui Tunnel

Address | 740 Kitasui, Maizuru City, Kyoto Kitasui Tunnel is a red-brick tunnel completed in 1904. It was built at the same time as the government Maizuru Line as a former military harbor draw line, and has been used as a bicycle path since the line was closed in 1972.

Roadside Station Maizuruko Tore-Tore Center

Address | 905 Shimofukui, Maizuru, Kyoto This roadside station has one of the largest seafood markets on the Sea of Japan coast. It boasts freshness, cheapness, and variety! The popular system allows visitors to have fresh seafood cooked right in front of them and eat it right away. A seafood restaurant and a farmer's market selling local vegetables are also located on the premises.

Yoshihara Irie

Address | Higashiyoshihara, Maizuru City, Kyoto The nostalgic atmosphere of fishing boats lined up along the canal that runs behind private homes is a popular spot for tourists from Japan and abroad to take pictures. Yoshiwara, a small village in the inlet of Maizuru Harbor, is also the birthplace of Japan's modern fishing industry.

Maizuru Crane Bridge

Address | Taira, Maizuru City, Kyoto A steel white cable-stayed bridge over Taira Bay in Maizuru Bay. It opened to traffic in May 1999 as part of the action road for the Maizuru Power Plant of Kansai Electric Power Co. The bridge, which is 735 m long and 95 m high, was designed to resemble two cranes.

Maizuru Fururu Farm

Address | 60 Sezaki, Maizuru, Kyoto The concept of this outdoor facility is "Connection between food, agriculture and life. Visitors can enjoy outdoor activities full of the charms of the Oura Peninsula. The Rural Restaurant Fururu offers a buffet-style menu using locally grown ingredients. Both one-day trips and overnight stays are available.

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