Kameoka Trip by Train

April 22, 2018

by Kensei Iizuka, Yuta kobayashi, Takanori Tsuhako

Kameoka is a city located to the west of Kyoto and is the third most populated city next to Kyoto and Uji. Even though it is famous for Japanese tourists, it is not so popular with foreign tourists. Kameoka is quite a unique and relaxing place because of its nature, such as beautiful mountains and rivers. In addition, there are some good hot springs in Kameoka. In this article, we will introduce these famous spots in Kameoka and suggest a model route for seeing them.

Kameoka Station is the point of entry for a trip to Kameoka. This station looks very small compared with Kyoto station, but there is an information center for visitors. If you don’t have a plan for your visit to Kameoka or if you have some questions, you should stop by the information center to get plenty of beneficial information. It takes about 20 minutes from Kyoto station by rapid train to get to Kameoka Station. Trains that reach Kameoka on the JR Sanin line have a very convenient timetable, which is consists of five trains per an hour. The train fare is 410 yen.

Sagano Romantic train (Torokko train)

For tourists who want to enjoy a a more leisurely way to get to Kameoka instead of taking a boring express train, we recommend the Sagano Romantic Train. This train is not the normal train you often see in most stations. By taking it, you can enjoy the natural beauty of the Hozu River canyon on an open-air train through the mountains. You can experience the Japanese sense of shiki (the four seasons) because cherry trees are in bloom in the spring, bright green leaves are out in the summer, and beautiful autumn-colored leaves appear in the moderate temperature of the fall. Furthermore, you can have a memorable experience with the extreme white landscape of winter, even though it is super cold. Tickets are 620 yen for adults and 310 yen for children. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available at Torokko stations and also JR West ticket counters. Please check the official website of this train to get latest information, such as its operating schedule.

Hozugawa-Kudari (River Boat Ride)

You are tired of sightseeing various kinds of famous temples and shrines located in the center of Kyoto, aren’t you? There is no place to be active in nature so much in the big city. Therefore, you should go to Kameoka to do Hozugawa-Kudari, which is a river boat ride going down a beautiful emerald green river surrounded by a steep tree covered canyon. This is completely exciting and makes you feel like you are riding on a roller coaster. You can enjoy shiki on this activity, as well as the Sagano Romantic train. Visitors can ride on the boats at the dock located just a 10 minute walk from the north exit of JR Kameoka Station. Boarding time is 9:00, 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:30. You should check the official website before going there because this activity is easily influenced by the weather.

Izumo-Dai-Jingu

Izumo-Dai Jingu is getting popular among young people as the one of spiritual places in Kyoto. It is believed that there are gods regarding marriage, longevity and money residing here. People who are interested in them come to the shrine and pray to the gods. Especially, it is said that god of marriage is very strong. If you really want a boyfriend or girlfriend or to get married, this is a highly recommended place. It is located approximately 6 km from Kameoka station, so you should take a bus bound for Izumo-Shrine mae at the Kameoka station bus terminal.

The Vestige of Kameyama Castle

Mitsuhide Akechi, one of the most powerful rulers in Japan in the 16th century, built Kameyama castle to rule Tanba region. Unfortunately, however, visitors cannot experience it in its full splendor because it was burned down in Taisho-era. Now, all that remains are just part of the moat and castle base. They remind visitors of the form of the defunct castle structure. This site is a 10-minute walk from Kameoka station. Entrance is free of charge.

The Recommendation of Restaurant

Daikoku Burger

There is a fashionable and sophisticated restaurant with bright orange and white colors in Kameoka. It is called Daikoku Burger, which is basically a hamburger restaurant using local food. The most popular hamburger in this restaurant is the ‘Daikoku Burger’. It is made with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and very juicy meat with creamy mayonnaise between soft buns using a plenty of rice flour. Most of its ingredients are made right here in Kyoto. It must be delicious! It is also a 10-minute walk from Kameoka station.

Model Route

  1. JR Kameoka Station

↓ (10 min. Walk) Heading to South of the station. Walk along the river beside the castle.

  1. The Vestige of Kameyama Castle

You can see a fixed stone wall. You can also walk around the garden if you get permission from the staff.

↓ (10 min. Walk) Heading south. The road doesn’t have sections for pedestrians, so you need to be careful of cars.

  1. Tanzan Sake Brewing

It is a sake manufacturer. You can buy freshly brewed sake. You can also tour the factory, so you can understand how it is made.

↓ (15 min. Walk) Walk along the machiya, which is Japanese traditional wooden townhouses. You can see old Japanese houses built over one hundred years ago.

  1. Namba Soy Sauce Brewing

It is a soy sauce manufacturer. This manufacturer makes soy sauce in a traditional brewing method. You can buy those nice soy sauces at good prices.

↓ (10 min. Walk) On the way to the next spot, you can see storages for yamahoko, which is a festival float mounted with a decorative halberd used in Kameoka festival every year.

  1. Honmachi Machiya Café

The house of Honmachi Machiya Café is over a hundred years old. Once you are in the house, you can feel how old the Japanese house really is. The taste of the drink and food are nice as well, so why don’t you take some rest here?

↓ (10 min. Walk)

  1. Seki Sake Brewing

This is also a traditional sake manufacturer. When you visit here, you will see a chimney made of bricks. You can feel mixture of both Japanese and Western styles here.

↓ (15 min. Walk) You walk along a large road.

  1. Gentaro Tanaka’s Old Mansion (Rakurakuso)

It is a traditional Japanese-style hotel. The garden is beautiful, so make sure you see it if you visit. Gentaro Tanaka is known as the person who brought the railway to Kyoto.

Many tourists don’t visit Kameoka so often, but there are a lot of nice places there. Why don’t you put Kameoka into your trip plan?

Izumo-daijingu Tempel

by Maki Ogino

Der Izumo-daijingu Tempel liegt im Nordosten von Kameoka. Der Tempel gehört nicht zum Izumo-Taisha-Tempel in Shimane, obwohl es oft vermutet wird. Er ist sogar älter als der berühmte Tempel in Shimane. Der Palast des Izumo-daijingu Tempels wurde im Jahr 709 von General Takauji Ashikaga gebaut und zählt zu den großen Kulturstätten Japans.
Auch in dem von 1310 bis 1331 von Yoshida Kenko geschriebenen Essay Tsurezuregusa kommt der Tempel vor. Die Geschichte ist sehr berühmt und in den Lehrbüchern der Mittelschulen und Gymnasien zu finden.
An Neujahr wird der Tempel jedes Jahr von etwa zwanzigtausend Leuten besucht.

Besonders sehenswert in der Tempelanlage sind der Ogatama-Baum (Ogatama-no-ki), das Manaino-Wasser (Manaino-mizu) und der Iwakura-Stein(Iwakura-no-Ishi). Der Ogatama-Baum bringt Gedeihen und Glück. Der Baum ist mehr als 1500 Jahre alt. In keinem anderen Tempel in Japan gibt es einen so großen Baum.
Das Wasser, das aus den benachbarten Bergen quillt, befeuchtet die Felder und wird von den Leuten seit langer Zeit als Allheilmittel geschätzt. Man kann sich das Wasser im Tempel abfüllen und trinken, um seine Krankheiten zu heilen.
Der Iwakura-Stein gibt den Menschen mysteriöse seelische Kraft. Es gibt zwei Iwakura-Steine hinter dem Haupttempel und in der Nähe der benachbarten Berge. Außerdem gibt es einen Stein, der einen Gott symbolisiert und einen Stein in der Gestalt eines Ehepaars. Die seelische Kraft wird einem gegeben, wenn man vor den Stein tritt und betet.

Die Gebete der Tempelbesucher werden auf dreierlei Weise belohnt: mit einem langen Leben bis ins hohe Alter, Glück in der Liebe und materiellem Reichtum. Das berühmte Tempelwasser wird vorbeigeleitet an dem heiligen Baum, der die Götter und die Seelen symbolisiert. Das Wasser stillt Schmerzen und wirkt gut gegen allerlei Krankheiten. Wer für eine Eheschließung betet, wird von den Göttern durch eine Zusammenführung mit der geliebten Person belohnt. Wer stets bescheiden bleibt und seine Arbeit tut, wird durch materiellen Reichtum belohnt.

Der Tempel ist die bedeutendste kulturelle Sehenswürdigkeit in Kameoka.
Von hier aus hat man einen Überblick über die ganze Stadt.
Wenn Sie denken, dass Sie gesund und glücklich sein möchten, besuchen Sie bitte diesen Tempel. Sie werden es sicher nicht bereuen.

Anfahrt:
JR Kyoto Hauptbahnhof — JR Kameoka — Bus (Chitose Umaji Linie) an der Nordseite vom Bahnhof Kameoka — Haltestelle Izumo-daijingu-mae
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