Kyotango is pretty far from the part of Osaka we live in. We’re right on the Osaka Bay while Kyotango is clear on the other side on the Sea of Japan. As such, the number of people beaching was significantly lower than beaches like Nishikinohama or Suma (I’ve never been to Suma, only heard horror stories). Also, being on the Sea of Japan, most Osakans seem to have very few positive things to say about it. ‘The Sea of Japan is very dark and cold.” “You’re much better off going to the Pacific Ocean, it’s much warmer.” “The fish from the Sea of Japan are delicious, but the beaches aren’t so good.”
I was really curious about the apparent apathy toward Sea of Japan, and began to worry about my weekend away. Would it totally bomb? What if the water was just dark and sad and only full of delicious fish? Should we re-route to Wakayama!? While very tempted to do so, I also new that a holiday weekend meant that tons of people would be flocking to Shirahama, and being the anti-social rebel that I am, I firmly decided in staying in the opposite direction of the crowd headed to Wakayama.
I am so glad I stuck with that idea because Kyotango is beautiful!! And lacking in large groups of people! Ugggh, it’s my little slice of heaven here in Kansai, for reals.