Number of Registered Facilities/Groups 91 (as of April 2024)
Number of Registered Facilities/Groups 91 (as of April 2024)

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Enjoy a night on the veranda of a seaside inn


There's nothing like a view of the sea and scent of the tide from the veranda!

A small inn with a view of the sea

Tomo no Kanagura sits in a port city that retains history and culture, including Kotogahama, known for its singing sands, and Tomogaura, the forwarding port for Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. A relocated and renovated old private home over a century old, the inn is limited to one group per day. A cafeteria on the second floor of the building next door offers local dishes such as bobe rice. A spectacular view of the Sea of Japan spreads out in front of the inn, set to the pleasant sound of the tide. It is said that dolphins come by at times. Visitors can swim at the beach in summer, and can fish all year round. The optional Tomogaura Pleasure Boat offers spectacular views of the coast. When the waves are calm, visitors can pass through a sea cave by boat.

Visitors can also observe the "singing sands" of Kotogahama. Seen through a magnifying glass, the sand is full of small shells!

The Tomogaura Pleasure Boat seats four. The fee is 2000 yen per person. Advance reservations at Tomo no Kanagura are required. (Closed in winter)

Along the Ginzan Kaido road in Tomogaura is Tomokan, a satellite facility of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. It is a reproduction of the private homes characteristic of the Meiji period to the Taisho period. Visitors can see traditional cooking stoves, traditional direct-fired baths, and other elements of how people lived in those days. Traveling up the road toward the mountains, one finds a superb view of Kotogahama.