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AmanohashidateMap around AmanohashidateAmanohashidate is a sandbar, and is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, along with Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture and Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture.
It is located at the north part of Kyoto Prefecture.

The sandbar divides Aso Sea from Miyazu Bay. Aso Sea is like a lake, and Miyazu Bay is connected to the Sea of Japan.
The length of the sandbar is about 3.6 km, and there are about eight thousand pine trees on the sandbar.

The main scenic overlooks are on the south and north sides of the sandbar.

The south area has Amanohashidate station of Kitakinki tango Railway, so is the entrance of Amanohashidate.
And there are some sightseeing spots such as an observatory and a temple.

The north area has also an observatory and a temple.
To this area, we can use a ferry from the south area or walk on the sandbar.
It takes about 12 minutes by ferry.

On the observatories around Amanohashidate, it is customary that we see the sandbar through between our legs with bending forward.
By doing so, we see the scenery upside down, then we can enjoy the image like a bridge with many pine trees across the sky .

Amanohashidate official website : The website by Amanohashidate Tour Association Monju branch

Chionji temple /1/

Chionji It is a temple of Rinzai Zen sect, and is located about 200 meters northeast of Amanohashidate station.
It was founded in 808, and Monju Bosatsu has been enshrined.
Monju Bosatsu is the god of intelligence, so the students taking an entrance exam visit here.
Of cource, when you visit here, you may get wiser.

Kaisenkyo bridge /2/

Kaisenkyo bridge It is a bridge over a canal between the mainland and the sandbar, and was completed in 1923.
When a ship has come here, this bridge turns 90 degrees to permit to pass. Only a few movable bridges of this type are in Japan.

Near this bridge, "Chie-no-wa tourou" stands by the canal.
It is a ring-shaped stone lantern, and was set up to keep the safety of the ship in the early 18th century.
If you pass your head through the ring three times, it is said that you will get wiser by Monju Bosatsu. ("Chie-no-wa" means "ring of intelligence".)

Amanohashidate View Land /3/

Amanohashidate View Land It is the southern observatory of Amanohashidate and an amusement park.
It is located on the top of Mount Monju (135 m) located about 0.7 km south of Amanohashidate station. From the foot of the mountain, a slope car or a lift leads you to the park.
The view of Amanohashidate from here looks like a dragon ascending to heaven.

Amanohashidate View Land official website

Kasamatsu Park /4/

Kasamatsu Park It is the northern observatory of Amanohashidate.
The park is located on the mountainside, and is at a height of about 130 meters.
From the foot of the mountain, a cable car leads you to the park.
The view of Amanohashidate from here looks like a straight line.

Nariaiji temple /5/

Nariaiji It is a temple of Shingon Buddhism on the mountainside, and is located about 1.5 km nortwest of Kasamatsu Park.
It is said that this temple was founded in 704.
In the precincts, there are Sanmon gate, main temple and Five-story pagoda.

The bell tower has a bell created in 1609. It is called "Tsukazu-no-kane", and it means "Never ringing bell".
To create this bell, this temple collected contribution. But only a rich woman rejected it.
When the new bell was creating, many people came to see and one of them was the rich woman.
She came with her baby, but when she looked into the melted bronze, she had fallen her baby into it by mistake.
After this tragic accident, the completed bell rang with grievous sound.
Then the temple stopped to ring this bell for the dead baby.

To this temple, about 6 minutes by route bus, from Kasamatsu Park.

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How to get to here

By railroad

  • From Kyoto, by JR limited express "Hashidate", about 2 hours and 5 minutes.
  • From Shin-Osaka, by JR limited express "Tango Explorer", about 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Sanmon of Chionji
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Monjudo in Chionji
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Two-story pagoda in Chionji
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Kaisenkyo bridge
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Chie-no-wa tourou On the sandbar
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The view from Amanohashidate View Land
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From Kasamatsu Park
©Kyoto Prefecture / © JNTO
How to see Amanohashidate The view is seen like this.
Nariaiji The bell tower with Tsukazu-no-kane
Photo by Nihonrettou Okunijiman

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