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December 27, 2019 - Amanohashidate - Kyoto Prefecture
For my second day in Kyoto - I decided to pick up a car and drive to Amanohashidate to view one of the three great views of Japan. In my previous post I covered Yoshiminedera and Ine - but I will cover some of the site around the Pine Covered sandbar.
As I was heading south from Ine - I decided to check out the Northern attractions with Kono Shrine being my first stop. This photogenic shrine seems to be the major shrine of the town and also does not allow photos in the inner sanctum.
My next stop was the Tango Local Museum which costs 250 yen to enter and is signed off the main road when you drive to the southern part of Amanohashidate. This medium sized museum has a mish mash of exhibits which focus on silk production and fishing.
The Tango Local Museum also includes entry into the Nagashima Family Residence which is locations directly opposite the museum. I would call this the better of the two sites and a good English pamphlet is included.
Located a 10 minute windy drive from the Tango Museum is Nariaiji Temple which costs 500 yen to enter. This temple has an old bell and hondo (Main Hall) is quite old but the pagoda is reasonably new.
Probably the best part of Nariaiji Temple was the view of Amanohashidate which was slightly unexpected. I was hoping to catch one of the cable cars up but I was quite happy with this view.
After visiting Nariaiji Temple, I decided to drive down to the South part of Amanohashidate. Due to the drizzly weather which kept on coming and going - I decided just to walk to Amanohashidate Shrine. The above picture is the Rotating Bridge - which you'll see more of later.
One thing that I did not know about the sand bar was the large beach which would be rather kid friendly due to the small waves in the bay.
The Choinji Temple is located opposite the rotating bridge and is reasonably photogenic.
My last stop for the day (and my favorite spot!) was the Mikami Residence which is located a 8-10 minute drive from Choinji Temple. This residence costs 350 yen and used to also be an inn for a Daimyo in 1838.
My favorite part of this residence is the little details found all over the place.
There were 4 sliding drawers which included quite a bit of detail - with each one being different.
Something that I find interesting is seeing how specific features peculate down to the merchant class. For example - the picture above I believe is inspired from one of the teahouses from Shugakuin Villa.
This residence was also a brewery - which also shows (in Japanese) how sake was made and prepared in the past.
Amanohashidate is quite a pretty place which can be reached easily by public transport or via car. If you do make it a driving day trip from Kyoto City then I don't suggest visiting Yoshiminedera and Ine in the same day. For tomorrow, I'll be visiting Mt Takao on the outskirts of Kyoto city.
Kono Shrine (https://www.motoise.jp/)
Tango Local Museum (http://www.kyoto-be.ne.jp/tango-m/cms/?page_id=175)
Nariaiji Temple (http://www.nariaiji.jp/)
Chionji Temple (http://www.monjudo-chionji.jp/)
Mikami Residence (http://www.city.miyazu.kyoto.jp/www/section/detail.jsp?id=81)