Tateiwa (Standing) rock

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Tateiwa (pronounced Tateh-Ihwa) is a part of Japan's San'in Coast Geopark. It is located on Nochigahama beach of Kyotango city in Kyoto Prefecture. Standing at 20m tall, it is one of Japan's largest monoliths and is made from a type of volcanic rock called andesite.
There is a legend that when Prince Maroko (the half-brother of Prince Shotoku) killed the oni (demon in Japanese folklore) on this spot, the oni became trapped in the enormous rock overnight. It's said that even now, on nights when the winds are strong and waves are high, you can still here the cries of the oni trapped within.
Tateiwa got its name from the way it stands tall (Tate = stand/vertical, iwa = rock), and creates a beautiful scene from the way it stands out of the Sea of Japan.

Basic information


Postal code:627-0201
Tango-cho Taiza, Kyotango city, Kyoto prefecture


Number of regular vehicles: 100(Charges: 2000 yen ※Only in summer season)

Number of large vehicles:  ― (Charges: 2000 yen ※Only in summer season)

※For large buses, please park at the nearby roadside station “Tenki Tenki Tango”


Bus : Get off at Mineyama Station from the Kyoto Tango Railway Miyatoyo Line, take the Tango Mineyama Line bus (bound for Taiza) for 30 mins, get off at the stop in front of the Tango Government building (called Tango-chosha-mae), and walk for 5 minutes

Car : From Sanin Kinki Expressway Nodagawa Omiya Road, get off at "Kyotango Omiya" Interchange, head straight and turn right onto National Highway 312, turn right onto National Highway 482, continue on to Taiza, and follow the signs for Tateiwa.

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