The beautiful fairy-tale floating village of Japan

Ine no Funaya is known as one of the most beautiful villages in Japan with traditional houses located by the bay.


Ine town is located 130 km north of the ancient city of Kyoto. The first houses here were built in the 1700s, following the floating house architecture, called Funaya, with a typical material of wood, close to the sea. Photo: Forevervanny.

Ine’s coast was once part of a long trade route from the Eurasian continent to Kyoto. However, over the centuries, this place seems to escape the process of urbanization and become one of the last traditional fishing villages of Japan. Currently, the village still has 230 floating houses preserved intact to this day, making this place considered as “Venice of Japan”. Photo: Laurawheatley.

The floating town is best viewed from the sea. The houses stretches for 5 km, located on the Tango peninsula. Photo: Kyotomoyou.

The first floor of the Funaya house is often used by people as a place for fishing, processing and drying fish … the second floor is a living place. The lifestyle in Ine is mainly related to the fishing and agricultural industries that have existed since time immemorial. Ine no Funaya was originally built with the purpose of building boats and hanging fishing nets. Photo: H.Kaneko.

Today, many houses are converted into restaurants, guesthouses or bars for tourists. Some works have been repaired and expanded compared to the original. There are 2 ways to visit Ine no Funaya, that is to take a fisherman’s fishing boat or canoe. Each canoe trip lasts 30 minutes, costs 1,000 yen (200,000 VND). Photo: U3K-Y.

The road inside Ine fishing village. Thanks to its unique features, this town is listed in the list of the 100 most beautiful landscapes in Japan during the Binh Thanh period (1989 up to now). Ine is located on the Tango peninsula, which is famous for its dense forests and white sand beaches. Photo: Forevervanny.

Just walking for half an hour, tourists can explore all the small streets running around the village. Currently the village has about 2,500 residents. The town was founded in 1954, after merging four old villages. Photo: Voyageway.

Shabu shabu in the photo with raw fish and fish sauce served at a local restaurant. Photo: Voyageway.


Sushi at another restaurant in Ine no Funaya. The sea food here is usually fresh and delicious, caught by fishermen in the area. Photo: Forevervanny.

Sunset over Venice of Japan. Photo: Erica Ison.

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