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The Yoshiwara area situated in Maizuru City is about 1.7 kilometers from the nearest railway station, the JR Nishimaizuru station.
During the Edo period, the fishing town was moved from Nishimaizuru to its location now. Boasting a history of 300 years, the town’s narrow roads are positioned like tessellated pavements, and there are cannels for the coming and going boats. Despite the long time since being built, the houses still stand, allowing us to see a sight uncommon in normal fishing towns. The houses are long and narrow, built side by side with hardly any space in between while the backdoor connects to the cannel, allowing boats to sail from the houses itself. There are about 100 of these houses, not unlike the boat houses in Ine, and it can be seen all over the town.
Often dubbed Asia’s Venice, walking in the town is like a time traveling experience back to the 1930s, where you can enjoy the quaint fishing town’s laid-back vibe.

Basic information


Postal code:624-0921
Higashiyoshiwara, Maizuru, Kyoto


※nearby coin parking suggested


Train : Get off at "Nishimaizuru" station of the JR Maizuru Line or Kyotango Railway Miyamai Line, then walk 25 minutes.

Car : 20 minutes from the Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway "Maizurunishi" interchange.

Access to Kyoto by the Sea

Access to Kyoto in the Forests

Access to Kyoto Infused with Tea

Access to Kyoto Otokuni Bamboo Grove

Contact information


For more information, contact the Maizuru Tourism Association ☎0773-75-8600