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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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    • Shinpuro
      Luxury
      Overlooking 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.
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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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    • Amanohashidate Youth Hostel
      Budget-friendly
      Only 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.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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    • Auberge Amanohashidate
      Budget-friendly
      Set 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.
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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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