The Tajima area, located in the northern part of Hyogo Prefecture, is home to famous hot spring resorts like Kinosaki Onsen and Yumura Onsen, as well as beautiful natural sights of the ocean and mountains. It’s easily reached by rental car or train from Kobe City (or Himeji City, where Himeji Castle is located), the heart of Hyogo Prefecture. This time I’ll be introducing “San’in Kaigan Geopark,” a UNESCO-certified Global Geopark.

Have you heard of “geoparks” before?

Geoparks are “areas with natural heritage that combine both beautiful natural scenery and academic value.” UNESCO has certified 9 areas within Japan as “Global Geoparks”! One of those certified geoparks is where I visited this time, the San’in Kaigan Geopark.

Japan is surrounded by two different oceans to the north and south, with the Pacific Ocean to its south, but San’in Kaigan Geopark is located on the north side. The waves here are incredibly powerful! Thanks to the combination of strong waves and diastrophism, the area features natural scenery that has been shaped over many years.

There are many rock formations that have interesting shapes and names. This one is “frog island.” It really does look like a frog!

This is “Yoroi no Sode,” or “sleeves of armor.” As its name suggests, it resembles the sleeves of the armor worn by Japanese samurai! The cliff is 65 meters tall and about 200 meters wide!

From “Hiyoriyama Coast” you can look out over the Palace of the Dragon King, a location spoken of in an old Japanese legend. The view is even more amazing at sunrise or sunset!

You’ll find not only interesting rock formations here at UNESCO-certified San’in Kaigan Geopark, but beautiful emerald-green waters as well! During the summer you can take part in exciting canoeing experiences! (Periods where canoeing experiences are available may vary by facility, but they are typically available mid-April through mid-October.)

There are several facilities at San’in Kaigan that offer canoeing experiences, but if you go with “Kasumi Paddle Monkey,” which is the group pictured here, you’ll be accompanied by a qualified guide!
Enjoy the experience and the views you can only see from out on the water!

San’in Kaigan Geopark encompasses a long stretch of land, including the coasts of Hyogo Prefecture’s Toyooka City, Kami-cho, and Shin’onsen-cho. If you’re planning to visit via rental car, your best bet is to set your GPS to the “Geopark and Sea Culture Museum,” where you’ll be able to get information on the geopark!

Address1113 Kasumikusakai, Mikatagun Kamicho, Hyogo
Business Hours9:00 am-5:00 pm
ClosedEvery Wednesday (the next day when Wednesday is a National Holiday), from December 29th to January 3rd
Geo Canoe Photos in Collaboration WithKasumi Paddle Monkey
Address59-2 Kasumikuyada, Mikatagun Kamicho, Hyogo
Business Hours9:00 am-5:00 pm
ClosedNo scheduled holidays,

Please send inquiries about rates, plans, and reservations to the following email address.

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Coming from Ukraine, she can also use Japanese, English, French, and Russian. Making good use of her linguistic abilities, she has traveled to over 40 countries so far. As a navigator on this site, she shares the attractions of Hyogo Prefecture.