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Miyazu Bay and Ine Bay in Kyoto Prefecture join the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club

 Miyazu and Ine Bays in Kyoto Prefecture joined the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, a UNESCO-endorsed NGO. Membership was officially approved by the World Congress of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club held in Mexico in October 2016. Two other Japanese bays are already members, and the membership of Suruga Bay in Shizuoka Prefecture was also approved at the same meeting.
    The Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club was founded in 1997 for the purpose of conserving the nature, wildlife and vistas of bays, and for promoting tourism and local revitalization. Forty-one bays in 25 countries are currently members, of which seven are World Heritage sites. Existing members in Japan are Matsushima Bay in Miyagi Prefecture and Toyama Bay in Toyama Prefecture.
   Admission criteria include attractive and outstanding natural features, and symbolic significance to the local community. Kyoto Prefecture applied for membership in January 2015, and board members of the club made an inspection visit to Miyazu and Ine Bays in May 2016.
   Miyazu Bay, which boasts a beautiful rias coastline, is home to Amanohashidate, a sandbar known as one of the country’s three most scenic spots. The placid Ine Bay was highly rated by the club for the picturesque and internationally rare sight of funaya (traditional boathouses) lining the waterfront.
   Kyoto Prefecture is looking to network with not just the three other Beautiful Bays in Japan but also with those around the world to cooperate in the area of tourism promotion. It is also looking to promote prefecture-wide efforts to conserve the bays’ natural environment, and encourage volunteering pertaining to such efforts.

Miyazu Bay, home to Amanohashidate, one of Japan’s three most scenic spots 
Ine Bay, where 230 funaya boathouses can be found within a circumference of 5 km.
Photo courtesy of Kyoto by the Sea DMO
Contact : Kyoto Prefectural Government
Phone or E-mail +81-75-414-4527
Website http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/