How to travel between Amanohashidate and Kyoto
Infrequent JR Hashidate limited express trains operate directly between Kyoto and Amanohashidate (2 hours, about 4000 yen one way). Alternatively, take a JR Kinosaki limited express train from Kyoto to Fukuchiyama (75 minutes, about 2500 yen, hourly departures) and change to the Kyoto Tango Railway to Amanohashidate (40-60 minutes, 770-1520 yen depending on whether you use a local or limited express train).
The entire journey is covered by the JR Kansai Wide Area Pass, JR Kansai Hokuriku Area Pass and JR Kansai Hiroshima Area Pass; however the nationwide Japan Rail Pass is not valid on the Kyoto Tango Railway between Fukuchiyama and Amanohashidate.
By highway bus
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Amanohashidate Station is a short walk from the southern end of the roughly three kilometer long sandbar. Because of the sandbar's considerable length, rental bicycles are a popular way to explore the area. They can be rented from multiple shops and hotels around Amanohashidate Station for typically 400 yen for the first two hours and 100 yen per additional hour. With a bicycle, the attractions on the opposite side of the sandbar can be reached in about a 15 minute ride. Alternatively, it takes about 45 minutes to cross the sandbar on foot.
Sightseeing ferries are an additional option for crossing the bay. They operate every 30 minutes between piers near Chionji Temple in the south and Motoise Kono Shrine in the north. The one way ride takes about 12 minutes and cost 530 yen one way, while a round trip ticket costs 960 yen.
The scenic village of Ine is located about 15 kilometer north of Amanohasidate, a 30 minute bus ride from the northern end or a 60 minute bus ride from the sounthern end of the sandbar.