Famous Boat Houses in Northern Kyoto

Kyoto is not just a name of a famous old capital of this country, but a name of a governmental district, Kyoto Prefecture. Many people probably have an idea of what the city of Kyoto is like, but the other areas are less known among tourists.

The Tango area where I visited is one of the tourist destinations outside of the Kyoto city limits. It's located in the north of the prefecture and takes a couple of hours driving from downtown Kyoto. The area shows you totally different faces than you can see in the city.

Among the famous sightseeing spots in Tango, I recommend you to visit a very unique place which is "Funaya" (boat houses) of Ine town. As the pictures shows below, the houses have a garage for their small fishing boat. You'd better take a cruising tour to see them closer, I unfortunately didn't have much enough time though.



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Scenes of Asakusa

Asakusa is one of the most famous and popular towns among Tokyo visitors, the place isn't a destination for people living in Tokyo to make frequent visits though. This was probably my 2nd or 3rd time to be there. It was quite fun to stroll around.

Famous bar named Kamiya Bar
FYI: www.timeout.com/tokyo/bars-and-pubs/kamiya-bar

Tokyo Sky Tree and Sumida River
FYI: www.tokyo-skytree.jp/en/

Tokyo Sky Tree

Sumida River
FYI: www.japan-guide.com/e/e3042.html

Senso-ji (Senso Temple)
FYI: www.senso-ji.jp/about/index_e.html

Back St. of Asakusa

Hanayashiki, famous old amusement park
FYI: www.hanayashiki.net/en

Entrance of Hanayashiki.
It was closed when I visited.

Rock-za, famous strip club
FYI: asakusa-rockza.com/contact/?lang=en#

Toyo-kan, famous comedy house.
FYI: bow-asakusa.com/?gitem=14492
Asakusa used to be a kind of capital of entertainment
and show business. 

Takeshi Kitano (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takeshi_Kitano)
started his career as a comedian and spent his early years
at this house. He was an elevator boy when he didn't get
show time 

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Cozy Little Izakaya in Nakano.

This izakaya, named Ranman (direct translation is close to simplicity or purity), in Nakano is famous for good food and drinks and the price of them are all reasonable. My recommendation is sashimi and oden. They are too good to ignore.

Their old-style exterior appearance and cozy atmosphere inside are also appeals to you. I heard the house was built about 100 years ago. You should pay a visit to this friendly mom-and-pop izakaya when coming in town. Much better than going to a chain izakaya store which serves you crappy stuff like McDonald does.

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Entrance of Ranman

Inside of Ranman

They are so fresh and good
Sashimi plate.

Good combination.

An alley Ranman located.

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Thrill on Enoden

Enoden runs through some residential areas like the movie shows.
Houses stand right next to the railways almost within your arms reach. It's fun to have a thrilling moment.

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Train On The Street

Enoden runs on a narrow street and through between the closely-spaced houses. It's kind of a thrilling moment. 

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