Ine’s Funaya Boathouses
Less than 10 miles from Ama-no-hashidate, the small fishing village of Ine
holds tight to its traditions. The town is famous for the roughly 200 funaya
boathouses floating in its bay. The ground floor—or water garage—is used for boat storage while the second floor is usu-ally the living area. Take a funaya
tour to peek inside these fascinating little houses. (A few of them have been made into guesthouses, if you’re inspired to try a more immersive expe-rience.) Peer into the sea by the house eaves and you might even see a rope leading down to a large shell. This is an old-time method of fishing called mondori
. Pull on the rope for a chance to reel in dinner.