How to travel between Amanohashidate and Kyoto
Infrequent JR Hashidate limited express trains operate directly between Kyoto and Amanohashidate (2 hours, about 4500 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, 800-1750 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 600 yen one way, while a round trip ticket costs 1000 yen.
The scenic village of Ine is located about 15 kilometers north of Amanohashidate, a 30 minute bus ride from the northern end or a 60 minute bus ride from the sounthern end of the sandbar.
Passes and Tickets
There exist a few discount passes for visiting the Amanohashidate area. Below are some of the more interesting ones:
- Amanohashidate Ine Free Pass
(2 days for 2600 yen)
This pass covers unlimited rides of local buses (including the bus to Ine), the cable car and chair lift to the Kasamatsu Park and the sightseeing boats in Ine Bay and between Miyazu and Amanohashidate. It also provides a discount on the bus to Nariaji Temple. The pass can be purchased at the Amanohashidate tourist information desk. Holders of JR West passes, such as the Kansai Wide Pass (but not the Japan Rail Pass) can purchase the pass for only 2400 yen.
- Kyoto by the Sea - Amanohashidate & Ine Pass
(1 day for 3550 yen, 2 days for 4550 yen)
This pass covers unlimited use of all trains of the Kyoto Tango Railway (non-reserved seats only), local buses (including the bus to Ine), the cable car and chair lift to Kasamatsu Park and the sightseeing boats in Ine Bay and between Miyazu and Amanohashidate. It also provides a discount on the bus to Nariaji Temple. It can be purchased at manned stations of the Kyoto Tango Railway, including Fukuchiyama Station from where most people approach Amanohashidate, and at the Amanohashidate tourist information desk.
ShinpuroOverlooking Wakasa Bay and the Amanohashidate land bridge, Shinpuro offers hot-spring baths and Japanese dinners with fresh seafood. The elegant rooms include a satellite flat-screen TV and tea maker. Guests at Shinpuro Ryokan can enjoy a modern room with Western furnishings or experience a Japanese-style room with futon beds. All rooms are air-conditioned and include a fridge. Amanohashidate Land Bridge is a 5-minute walk away, and Motoise Kono Shrine is just a 2-minute walk. Amanohashidate Train Station is a 20-minute drive from the ryokan, and Fuchu Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. Japanese breakfasts and dinners are served at the hotelfs dining room. The ryokan boasts its own brand of wine.View on Booking.com
Sakara MiyazuBuilt over 100 years ago, Sakara Miyazu is a holiday home fully renovated in 2017. It has a shared lounge and offers free WiFi throughout the property. All units feature a kitchenette fitted with a microwave and toaster. A fridge is also featured, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. Every unit features a private bathroom with a bath. Bed linen is available. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 86 km from the property. Amanohashidate is 3.7 km from the property.View on Booking.com
Amanohashidate Youth HostelOnly a 10-minute walk from Amanohashidate, Amanohashidate Youth Hostel offers affordable dormitory-style accommodations. Free Wi-Fi is available at the shared lounge and bicycle rentals are available for touring the area. Amanohashidate Station is a 30-minute bus ride away. The dormitory-style rooms feature sea views and air conditioning/heating facilities. Guests sleep on bunk beds and Japanese Yukata robes and towels can be rented for an extra cost. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. A coin-launderette and free parking is available on-site, and canoeing activities can be arranged. Guests can watch TV or play billiards at the shared lounge. Luggage storage and photocopying services are provided at the front desk. A Japanese-style set menu is served for breakfast and dinner at the dining room upon reservation in advance. Youth Hostel Amanohashidate is a 15-minute walk from Kasamatsu Park and a 35-minute walk from Amanohashidate Shrine. Guests can take a 20-minute public bus ride from JR Amanohashidate Train Station to Jinja Mae Bus Stop, which is a 10-minute walk from the hostel.View on Booking.com
Hotel KitanoyaHotel Kitanoya offers rooms with ocean views just a 6-minute walk from Amanohashidate Train Station. It boasts hot-spring baths and a Japanese restaurant. The property offers the on-site cafe Hamanasu for staying guests. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. All rooms at Kitanoya Hotel have tatami (woven-straw) flooring and an attached bathroom; guests can choose between Western mattresses and Japanese futon beds. Rooms with private outdoor hot-spring baths are available. Amanohashidate Land Bridge is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Bicycle rental is offered, making exploration fun and easy. In addition to public hot-spring baths, an open-air bath can be reserved for private use. Guests can enjoy a stroll through the hotelfs garden, relax with a bit of fishing or unwind with a massage. Restaurant Gakatei serves Japanese breakfasts and multi-course (kaiseki) dinners featuring local specialities.View on Booking.com
Amano Hashidate HotelSet in Miyazu, within 500 metres of Amanohashidate Beach and 500 metres of Chionji Temple, Amano Hashidate Hotel offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. A hot spring bath and a bicycle rental service are available for guests. The ryokan features a sauna and luggage storage space. Guests at the ryokan can enjoy a continental breakfast. Tango Kokubunji Ruins is 8 km from Amano Hashidate Hotel, while Tango Regional Museum of Contemporary Art is 8 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 36 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-MiyazuHotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu features a spacious public bath and a sauna for guests to enjoy their stay. The Western-style rooms include a flat-screen TV and massages can be requested for extra relaxation. A free shuttle is available from Miyazu Train Station and is about a 15-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature sea views, a seating area with sofa, a fridge and an electric kettle. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and Japanese Yukata robes. Free wired internet access is available in some rooms. The hotel has a tennis court, a karaoke room, and an outdoor swimming pool that is open during the summer. Guests can purchase local gifts at the souvenir shop. Laundry and photocopying services are available at the 24-hour front desk. Japanese dishes are available at Matsubashi, and French cuisines at Celeste Port. Chinese foods are served at Starlight, and a bar and tea lounge are available as well. Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu is a 20-minute drive from the famous Amanohashidate and a 60-minute drive from Ine-no-Funaya boat garage. Tango Uocchikan Aquarium is a 10-minute drive away.View on Booking.com
Auberge AmanohashidateSet in Miyazu, within 500 metres of Amanohashidate Beach and 600 metres of Chionji Temple, Auberge Amanohashidate offers accommodation with a restaurant and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is around 8 km from Tango Kokubunji Ruins, 8 km from Tango Regional Museum of Contemporary Art and 9 km from Myouryuji Temple. Manai Shrine is 10 km from the hotel and Nariaiji Temple is 11 km away. All rooms in the hotel are equipped with a TV. The units at Auberge Amanohashidate feature air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Guests at Auberge Amanohashidate will be able to enjoy activities in and around Miyazu, like cycling and fishing. Daijyouji Temple is 9 km from the hotel, while Motoise Kono Shrine is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 36 km from Auberge Amanohashidate.View on Booking.com
Seikiro Ryokan Historical Museum HotelSeikiro has served guests for 320 years and is a registered cultural landmark. Featuring hot-spring baths and a 100 year-old garden, it offers Japanese-style accommodation a 5-minute drive from Amanohashidate. The air-conditioned rooms at Seikiro Ryokan feature traditional Japanese bedding and tatami (woven-straw) floors, and some have a private bathroom. Guests can enjoy garden views with a cup of green tea. Miyazu Church, the oldest Catholic church in Japan, is a 5-minute walk away. Mikami Residence is also just a 5-minute walk. Amanohashidate Land Bridge is about a 5-minute drive away, and Kono Shrine is a 20-minute drive. Guests can relax with a massage, enjoy the in-house museum or simply appreciate the ryokanfs antique decor. The gift shop offers souvenirs and unique items. Japanese Restaurant Seiki serves Japanese dishes made with fresh local ingredients.View on Booking.com