Tateiwa (Standing) rock

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Tateiwa (pronounced Tateh-Ihwa) belongs to Japan's San'in Kaigan Geopark and 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 (demons in Japanese folklore) in this spot, they demons became trapped in this enoumous rock over night. Even now, it's said that nights when the winds are strong and waves are high, you can still here the cries of the trapped Oni.
Tateiwa got it's 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:  ― (Charges: 1000 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”


Train : Get off at Mineyama Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway Miyatoyo Line, take the Tango Kairiku Kotsu 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, enter Prefectural Road 651~ National Highway 312~ National Highway 482~Taiza

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Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

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