The sea is right under the house! Approximately 230 funaya stand side-by-side as if to line the coast of the Ine Bay. Among all of the towns in Japan, Ine is the closest to the sea!!
Funaya are very rare buildings that have a boat shed on the bottom level on the water with a residence on the level above it. Ine's rows of funaya contain approximately 230 of these buildings.
*It has been designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.
Ao-shima Island serves as a natural breakwater in the entrance to Ine Bay, which is among the rare bays along the Japanese coast of the Sea of Japan that open up to the south.
The bay is calm throughout the year as a result of this shape, the small tidal range across the seasons, and the sudden drop in the ocean floor that makes it hard for waves to form.
Ine's funaya are buildings that face the sea and are placed as close as possible to the edge of the water, as if to line the coast of this bay.
Ine's funaya were the first among fishing towns in Japan to be designated by the Japanese government as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings.
[Area and Dimensions]
Roughly 310.2ha Roughly 2,650m from east to west Roughly 1,700m from north to south Ineura, which faces Wakasa Bay, is a quiet inlet that opens up to the south, which is rare along the Japanese coast of the Sea of Japan, and is surrounded by mountains to the east, west, and north.
Ao-shima Island, with its lush vegetation, is located right near the middle of where Ine Bay and the Sea of Japan join. It is like a breakwater that has been formed naturally, separating the entrance to Ine Bay into two.
Together with its surrounding environment, which includes Ine Bay, Ao-shima Island, and the nearby woodlands to help breed fish, the townscape of Ineura that is formed of funaya and other traditional Japanese buildings that were built between the late Edo period and the early Showa era brings unique historical scenes to the modern day.