Going through the four seasons in Kyotango,
touching its nature and culture.
Spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Japan is blessed with 4 seasons, all with different tastes and atmospheres.
Kyotango City, which is rich with natural landscapes such as the sea, the mountains, and the highlands, lets us clearly notice the difference of the four seasons. Traditionally, people living in this area have been changing their clothes, food, and the entire life style according to the natural environment that changes along with the four seasons, to establish the basis for modern life style, and to nurture its unique culture.
A trip going through the four seasons of Kyotango is also a trip of experiencing the nature and culture of Kyotango. We hope you enjoy the colorful and attractive four seasons in Kyotango.
The northernmost meridian tower
Kyotango is located at the northern most area along the 135th meridian east of Greenwich. The tower has both the time for Japan and the Greenwich Mean Time displayed on digital clocks.
The climate of the area is one called the “Japanese sea-type climate,” which is often seen in the areas facing the Sea of Japan. Hot days tend to continue in the summer time due to the foehn phenomenon, and therefore the beaches are filled with many people. In the winter, the seasonal wind coming from the northwest hits the area and makes snow fall on many days, and therefore people can enjoy skiing in various places. The unstable climatic phenomenon often seen during the period starting from the end of autumn until the winter season is referred to as “Ura-nishi” in the area, and has generated the proverb, “even if you forget your lunch, never forget your umbrella.” The area is relatively conformable during April – November before it starts snowing in full swing.
Overview of Kyotango City and the surrounding area
Kyotango City is located in the country of Japan, at the northern most area in Kyoto Prefecture, upon the Tango Peninsula and upon meridian (135 degrees to the east of Greenwich, which is the meridian for Japan Central Standard Time), covering the area of 501.84㎢, with the population of approx. 60,000 people. The coastline in the City is extended with a beautiful scenery and full of valuable geological conditions, and has been approved as to be included into the San’in-Kaigan Geopark, and has also been appointed as San’in-Kaigan National Park and as Tango-Amanohashidate-Oeyama Quasi-National Park. The City is located approx. 90km by airline distance from Kyoto City, where the capital city was located for more than 1000 years.
It is said that an independent kingdom existed in the area in the ancient time, and the area has developed later on with its local industry of “Tango Chirimen (crepe)” which is a silk fabric popular for the Kimono culture widespread in the capital city. In modern days, the area has had active investments made for researches on natural energies such as wind-power generation and photovoltaic generation, etc.
The area is neighboring with Miyazu City, which is famous for Amano-hashidate – one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, Maizuru City, which is one of the most major port towns along the Sea of Japan, Ine-cho, with its world-famous “Funaya (boathouses)”, and Yosano-cho, which is another major production area of Tango Chirimen (crepe) along with Kyotango City.
Kyotango City, full of nature, marine resources, and hot springs, is a year-round resort area where you can fully enjoy its attractions of the four different seasons.