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The Amanohashidate Sandbar (V), is a beautiful, three kilometer long isthmus that spans the mouth of Miyazu Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture. Amanohashidate roughly translates to "bridge in heaven", and it is said that the sandbar resembles a meandering pathway connecting heaven and earth when it is viewed from the mountains at either end of the bay. This famous view has been admired for centuries, and is counted among Japan's three most scenic views alongside Miyajima and Matsushima.

The narrow sandbar, which measures as little as 20 meters across at its narrowest point, is lined with nearly 8000 pine trees and is considered among Japan's finest pine tree spots. Some of the trees exhibit unique shapes and have been given names such as Meoto Matsu (Couples Pine), Nakayoshi no Matsu (Friendly Pine), and Chie no Matsu (Wisdom Pine).

A tranquil dirt road runs underneath the trees for the length of the sandbar and takes about 45 minutes to walk end to end. Alternatively, it takes about 15 minutes to cross by bicycle. Rental bicycles are available from shops and hotels around Amanohashidate Station. A handful of small shrines, the occasional shop, public toilet and rest houses are also scattered across the sandbar.

The eastern coast of the Amanohashidate Sandbar is lined by white sand beaches, which are popular swimming spots in summer. The beaches, combined with the deep blue water and lush green pine trees, make for some beautiful scenery that can also be enjoyed from the water via a variety of sightseeing cruises that are offered around the bay. These cruises depart from the dock next to Chionji Temple.

The sandbar is best viewed, however, from parks located in the hills on either side of the bay. Amanohashidate View Land lies on the south side of the sandbar behind Amanohashidate Station. This small theme park is accessed by chairlift or monorail and features a variety of amusements, such as a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, go-karts and mini golf. There are several viewpoints from which to look out over the sandbar. Many consider this the better view as from this perspective the sandbar is said to resemble a dragon flying up to heaven.

On the mountain slope on the opposite side of the bay lies Kasamatsu Park which is accessible by chairlift or cablecar. From here the sandbar is said to look like the kanji for "one" (). The traditional way to view the sandbar is to turn your back towards the bay, bend over and look at it from between your legs. Called "matanozoki", this practice originated at this park, and visitors to Amanohashidate have been following it for over a millennium. The park is also the departure point for shuttle buses to Nariaiji Temple further up the mountain.

Getting there and around

The southern end of the sandbar is reached in about a five minute walk from Amanohashidate Station.

How to get to and around Amanohashidate

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Chairlift/Monorail to Amanohashidate View Land

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Chairlift/Cablecar to Kasamatsu Park

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Hotels around Amanohashidate

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    • Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate
      Mid-range
      Situated in Miyazu, within 2.4 km of Chionji Temple and 5 km of Tango Kokubunji Ruins, Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate offers accommodation with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen for guests. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. Tango Regional Museum of Contemporary Art is 5 km from Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto, while Daijyouji Temple is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 87 km from the accommodation.
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    • Sakara Miyazu
      Budget-friendly
      Built 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.
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    • Hotel Kitanoya
      Luxury
      Hotel 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.
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    • Amano Hashidate Hotel
      Mid-range
      Set in Miyazu, within 500 metres of Chionji Temple and 8 km of Tango Kokubunji Ruins, 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 Regional Museum of Contemporary Art is 8 km from Amano Hashidate Hotel, while Myouryuji Temple is 9 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 117 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu
      Luxury
      Hotel & 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. 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 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.
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    • Auberge Amanohashidate
      Budget-friendly
      Set in Miyazu, within 600 metres of Chionji Temple and 8 km of Tango Kokubunji Ruins, 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 Regional Museum of Contemporary Art, 9 km from Myouryuji Temple and 9 km from Daijyouji Temple. Nariaiji Temple is 11 km from the hotel and Chie-no-yu Hot Spring is 200 metres 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. Motoise Kono Shrine is 10 km from the hotel, while Manai Shrine is 10 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 117 km from Auberge Amanohashidate.
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    • Seikiro Ryokan Historical Museum Hotel
      Luxury
      Seikiro 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.
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