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Amanohashidate

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Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate is located in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture in Miyazu Bay. It is one of the top three scenic views in Japan along with Matsushima and Itsukushima Shrine. It is a 3-kilometer-long and 40- to 100-meter-wide sand spit, stretching into Miyazu Bay from Ejiri on the Tango-Hanto Peninsula. It was formed by sand accumulated by the tides and wind. The over 8,000 pine trees growing on this white sand spit appear like a bridge over the ocean, creating a place of incomparable beauty called “Hakusha Seisho,” which means “white sand and green trees.”

If you bend over and try to look at the view through your legs, it is said that Amanohashidate will appear like a bridge to the heavens. The bridge connecting the area to the Miyazu side is a revolving bridge that turns to let ships pass. The top of the nearby mountain may be reached by a cable car, where you can enjoy the view providing a different perspective from that of the sea. On summer nights, about 170 torches decorate Amanohashidate, creating the “Bridge of Fire.” The torch flames light up the night like stars in space and reflect on the surface of the sea like fireworks to create a dream- like scene.

The sandbar formed in Miyazu Bay is said to be the fallen ladder used by Izanagi no Mikoto (mythical god from Japanese old myth) to climb to heaven. Several other attractions can be explored on foot or by rental bicycle at either end of the sandbar. They include a couple of temples, a shrine, a small amusement park and observation decks from which to enjoy the view. Visitors can further take sightseeing cruises around the bay or enjoy the sand beaches along the sandbar.