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Amanohashidate (天橋立) is a pine covered sandbar that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in the scenic, coastal region of northern Kyoto Prefecture. Viewed from the mountains at either end of the bay, the Amanohashidate Sandbar (which roughly translates to "bridge in heaven") looks like a pathway between heaven and earth. The scene has been admired for centuries and is ranked among Japan's three most scenic views.

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.

Top attractions in Amanohashidate

Town/Neighborhood

Ine

Village of boat houses around a bay.
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Temple

Nariaiji Temple

Temple in the mountain north of the sandbar.
3.6 / 5
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Temple

Chionji Temple

Temple standing at the sandbar's southern end.
3.1 / 5
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Shrine

Kono Shrine

Shrine with an interesting connection to Ise.
3.0 / 5
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Access and Orientation

Tours and Experiences

Page last updated: February 18, 2014