Thank goodnes for Bryn (Kiwi) and Jannie (Aussie), some JETs who picked me up and toured me around the area. We hiked up to this ancient shrine and got a great view of Iwataki, the tiny town that Bryn lives in- it doesn't even have its own train station and it's got like 6000 people! I guess I am pretty lucky to be in the "Big City" of the Tango Peninsula!
Those are the infamous rice fields and the Sea of Japan in beyond. Amanohashidate is the long skinny green "bridge" in the middle of the water.