Sightseeing
Yosano Sightseeing

Chirimen-Kaido Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings

An old road going through the Kaya district of Yosano Town is nicknamed “Chirimen Road.” This area has many remnants of old merchant’s homes, medical clinics, banks, and other buildings that once made it a bustling area.
Phone Former Bito Family Home 0772-43-1166
Former Bito Family Home Kyoto Prefecture Tangible Cultural Property

Rebuilt in 1863 as a raw silk chirimen merchant’s house. In the 1920s, the house was expanded to include Western-style rooms. For generations, the head of the Bito family served as the village headman during the Edo Period. During the Meiji Period, the Bito family head served in important positions such as Tango Bank president, Kaya Railways president, and Kaya Town Mayor.
Admission Adults: ¥200, Elementary and jr. high school: ¥100  *Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.
Open 9:00–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed the following day instead), year-end and New Year’s period
Address Kaya 1085, Yosano-cho, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-43-1166 http://www.kyt-net.jp/~bitouke/

Kaya Steam Locomotive Square 

Besides exhibiting 27 rare train cars including the No. 123 steam locomotive, a manually rotated turntable and the “Rocket” mini train running around the grounds are on display. An annual festival is held in early November.
Admission

Jr. high or older ¥400, Children (age 3 or older) ¥200 *Groups of 20 or more: Adults ¥360, Children ¥180

Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Open daily
Address Taki 941-2, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-42-3186 http://www.kyt-net.jp/kayaslhiroba/

No. 123 Steam Locomotive (Kaya Railway No. 2 Steam Locomotive)
National Important Cultural Property

It originally ran as a locomotive between Osaka and Kobe in 1874. When Kaya Railway was founded, it bought the locomotive and renamed it “No. 2 Steam Locomotive.” It was in service until 1956.

Former Kaya Railway Kaya Station (Kaya Railway Museum)

This building was actually used as Kaya Station before it was moved here. It is a Western-style, two-story wooden building. In front is an unusual Semaphore railway signal and old-style cylindrical mailbox. The museum exhibits artifacts related to the Kaya Railway.
Open 9:00–5:00 p.m.
Normally open only on Sat., Sun., and national holidays.
Address Kaya 433, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-43-0232 (during museum hours)
Kaya Railway

Kaya Railway was established in 1925 to transport Tango chirimen fabrics and local residents. During the Pacific War, the railway transported nickel mined from the Oeyama Mountains. The beloved Kaya Railway ran for 60 years before shutting down.

Ouchi Pass Ichijikan Park

A nature facility with expansive views of Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s Top Three Scenic Views There are panoramic cottages, tent sites, and showers. Geared for outdoor beginners as well. The five panoramic cottages are especially popular. and are surrounded by greenery for a relaxing stay. Famous spring water runs from the pine trees and Iwataki to the prefectural road.
Open
April 1st–Nov. 30th Reservations accepted from March 20th.
*When the park is closed Dec. 1st–March 31st, the panoramic cottages and other park facilities are also closed. However, people can still walk in the park.
Fee Lodging fee per night : Cottage ¥10,000 (Additional persons: ¥1,000/adult, ¥500/child), tent site ¥1,500/space, cooking/day ¥1,000
Address Yumiki 3211, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-46-0052 http://www.kyt-net.jp/~ichijikan-kouen/

Tango Chirimen History Museum

Museum in a former chirimen factory that operated until the early 1930s. The museum exhibits Tango chirimen-related documents, photos, and unusual machinery like the hatcho thread twister. Manual weaving lessons also offered with advance reservations by phone.
Admission Free
Open 9:00–5:00 p.m.
Closed Open daily
Address Iwaya 317, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-43-0469 http://www.mayuko.co.jp/rekisi/pr.html

Nodagawa Shinsui Park

Adjacent to the Kaya Steam Locomotive Square, Nodagawa Shinsui Park is a relaxing local park with water coming from the Oeyama Mountains. In spring, cherry blossoms along the river bloom, attracting many people.
Address Taki, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan

Yosano Municipal Kozan Bunko Library

This library has over 3,000 items related to poets having ties to Yosano such as Yosano Reigon, Tekkan, and Akiko as well as haiku poets like Kyoshi Takahama and Seishi Yamaguchi. The collection includes hanging scrolls and paper strips. The museum holds various activities during the year to promote local culture such as special exhibitions and the Kozan Bunko Library haiku awards.
Admission Adults: ¥200, Elementary and jr. high school: ¥100  *Discounts available for groups of 8 or more.
Open 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mon. (open if a national holiday and closed the following day instead), year-end and New Year’s period
Address Kanaya 1682, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan See map.
Phone 0772-43-2180  http://www.kyt-net.jp/kozan/

Yosano Tumulus Park 

Ancient history park with the National Historic Site, Ebisuyama Tumulus and SakuyamaTumulus. There is a variety of tumulus including large keyhole-shaped burial mounds (145 m), round ones, and rectangular ones. They were built in memory of Tango Province’s rulers in the 4th and 5th centuries.
The park also displays haniwa statues and other relics dug up in Yosano. They also offer paid lessons for making ancient jewelry.
Admission Adults: ¥300, Elementary and jr. high school: ¥150 *Group discounts available.
Open 9:00–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mon. during March to Nov. and closed Mon. and Tue. during Dec. to Feb. (Open if a national holiday and closed the following day instead.) Closed year-end and New Year’s period.
Address Akeshi 2341, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone

0772-43-1992 http://www.kyt-net.jp/tangonokofun/

Kayasobo Park

Kayasobo Park is at the hiking trail entrance to the Oeyama Mountains famous for oni (ogre) legends. It includes lodging facilities. At an elevation of 500 meters, it offers great views of the Oeyama Mountains and the Kayadani Plains. The park includes training/service facilities, bungalows, auto-camping spaces, and campsites.
Open
April 1st–Nov. 30th
*Since the park is closed from December 1st to March 31st, the central building will be closed and the bungalows and other park facilities cannot be used. However, walking in the park is possible.
Fee (per night) Bungalow ¥7,500, auto-camping space site ¥4,500, campsite space ¥2,500
Address Yosa 292-2, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-43-1581

Nodagawa Forest Park

Nodagawa Forest Park includes walking trails, lookout point, indoor meeting places, and a 16-hole ground golf course. The 45-meter rolling slide is very popular with kids! Barbecue equipment can also be rented.
Admission Free *Fees are charged for the Management Center and ground golf course.
Closed management center closed on Mondays
Address Migochi, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-42-4411

Kurhaus Iwataki

Hot spring recuperation facility on a highland with views of Amanohashidate. Using the Amanohashidate Iwataki Onsen water, the facility features the Body Zone (free swimwear rental), 32-meter water slide and pool, a large relaxing lounge (free), and a restaurant offering a healthy menu.
Admission Adults ¥500 (bathing only), ¥1,200 (all facilities)
Open 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. *Enter by 9:30 p.m.
Closed Thu. (open if a national holiday and closed the following day instead)
Address Iwataki 470, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-46-3500 http://www.dolphin-group.co.jp/kurhaus-iwataki/

Taki-no-Sennen Tsubaki Park Kyoto Prefectural Natural Monument

Estimated to be 1,000 years old, Japan’s oldest Camellia japonica camellia bush nicknamed Taki-no-Tsubaki blooms from late March to early April. With deep red flowers amid green leaves, they are preciously beautiful. The park and surrounding area are well kept and events are held when the camellias are in bloom.
Address Taki, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan

Kaya Camellia Culture Museum 

The thousand-year Camellia has become a local symbol and so this museum`s exterior is uniquely shaped like camellia petals. The museum displays paintings, videos, pottery, and other camellia-related items. There is also a study corner to learn about camellias.
Admission Adults: ¥200, Elementary and jr. high school: ¥100
Open 9:00–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mon. from March to May; Mon., Tue., and Wed. from June to Nov. (Open if a national holiday and closed the following day instead.), closed Dec. to Feb.
Address Taki 1986, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan
Phone 0772-43-2161

Joshidani Park

Nicknamed “Hydrangea Park,” Joshidani Park is beloved by local residents for its 3,000 hydrangea flowers that bloom all over the Joshidani River area during the rainy season. The Hydrangea Festival is held every June with souvenir and food stalls and entertainment stage.
Address Kanaya, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan

Ungan Park Kyoto’s top 100 Scenic Views and top 200 Nature Spots

Ungan Park is famous for about 5,000 beautiful azaleas that bloom in early April. Events are held during this time. On the summit is Ungan rock which was the legendary cloud the Bishamonten Heavenly King rode to protect the Manjushri bodhisattva.
The park also holds events during the flowering season.
Address Iwaya, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan

Yosano Sunflower Festival

Summer festival held every year in Yosano. About 200,000 sunflowers bloom on five hectares of idle rice paddies. During the festival period, many fun events such as a giant sunflower maze and mud volleyball contest are held.
Address Kanaya, Yosano-cho, Yosa-gun, Kyoto, Japan (north of Refre Kaya no Sato)