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Nariaiji Temple (¬‘ŠŽ›) is a temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. The temple was originally located near the top of Mount Tsuzumigatake, but was moved to its current location further down the mountain after a landslide about 250 years ago. The current temple grounds are still high enough on the slope to offer some nice views over the bay below. But it takes a little bit of effort to access them.

Nariaiji Temple is one of the 33 temples that are visited along the Kansai Kannon Pilgrimage in Western Japan. Appropriately, the temple's main object of worship is a carved wooden statue of Kannon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, that dates from the Heian Period.

Below the main hall is a small wooden bell tower containing the "bell of neutrality". The bell is completely enclosed in its tower and has never been struck due to the sad legend about its origins concerning a baby that was accidentally dropped into the molten metal to be cast into the bell. A little further down the slope stands an impressive five story pagoda which was rebuilt quite recently in the late 1990s.

Getting there and around

Nariaiji Temple is located in the mountains on the northern side of the Amanohashidate Sandbar. To access the temple, take a cablecar or chairlift (5 minutes, 340 yen one way, 680 yen roundtrip) to Kasamatsu Park, from where shuttle buses depart for Nariaiji Temple every 30 minutes (7 minutes, 1120 yen round trip, including admission to the temple).

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      Situated in Miyazu, within 2.8 km of Amanohashidate Beach and 2.7 km of Chionji Temple, Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate features accommodation with a terrace and as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk for guests. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries. Yumikiro Castle Ruins is 6.9 km from Fairfield by Marriott Kyoto Amanohashidate, while Itanami Plate Row Park is 7.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 55 km from the accommodation.
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    • Amano Hashidate Hotel
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Amano Hashidate Hotel is set in Miyazu, 700 metres from Amanohashidate Beach and 600 metres from Chionji Temple. With a garden, the 3-star ryokan has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Free private parking is available and the ryokan also offers bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. The units in the ryokan are equipped with a kettle. All rooms come with a TV, and certain units at Amano Hashidate Hotel have a sea view. A continental breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Amano Hashidate Hotel offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna and hot spring bath. Yumikiro Castle Ruins is 5.7 km from the ryokan, while Itanami Plate Row Park is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 54 km from Amano Hashidate Hotel.
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    • Hotel & Resorts Kyoto-Miyazu
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      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 Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. The hotel has 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 a tea lounge is 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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      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 ryokanfs 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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    • Auberge Amanohashidate
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      Set in Miyazu, within 800 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 located 5.9 km from Itanami Plate Row Park, 8.2 km from Tango Kokubunji Ruins and 8.3 km from Tango Regional Museum of Contemporary Art. The property is non-smoking and is situated 5.7 km from Yumikiro Castle Ruins. 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 fishing and cycling. Myouryuji Temple is 9.1 km from the hotel, while Daijyouji Temple is 9.1 km away. The nearest airport is Tajima Airport, 54 km from Auberge Amanohashidate.
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