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How to travel between Amanohashidate and Kyoto

By train

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

Tankai Bus operates three highway buses per day between Kyoto Station and Amanohashidate. The one way trip takes about two hours and costs 2600 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. For the current yen exchange rate, click here.

Orientation

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.