In a world where we are all connected through social media, those breath-taking moments that we experience in life are fewer and farer in-between. It’s no secret that Japan has some of the most breath-taking landscapes on planet earth however Amanohashidate despite reading the many articles online before visiting, still provided that resounding wow factor. There are three locations in Japan which are considered the most scenic in Japan – Miyajima, Matsushima and Amanohashidate. If you were to roughly translate the word Amanohashidate, you would uncover the words “bridge in heaven” and it’s not hard to see why.
Spanning an opening across Miyazu Bay in Northern Kyoto is Amanohashidate Sandbar which is a narrow piece of land which connects either end of the bay. Along Amanohashidate Sandbar is a small forest with over 8000 pine trees and a road which makes a pleasant 45-minute walk or 15-minute cycle. On the eastern coast of Amanohashidate Sandbar is a beautiful beach surrounded by picturesque scenery. Amanohashidate is worthy of an early visit to ensure you have enough time to visit both sides of the Sandbar and check out some of the nearby temples and shrines. Once you arrive at Amanohashidate you will find many bicycle renting shops if you wish to cycle around the area.
Amanohashidate has mountains on both sides of the Sandbar which both provide stunning views of the Sandbar however it’s how you get up these mountains which is the fun part. Both mountains feature a chair lift and cable car to go up and down the mountain, the choice is yours. Closest to Amanohashidate Station is Amanohashidate View Land which is a small theme park consisting of a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, go karts and mini golf. The main attraction in Amanohashidate View Land however is viewing the Sandbar “matanozoki style” which is where you turn your back to the bay, bend over and view Sandbar through your legs as this view is said to resemble “heaven”. The chair lifts and cable cart on the other side of the Amanohashidate Sandbar is Kasamatsu Park which also has attractions and spots where you can view the Sandbar “matanozoki style”.
To get to Amanohashidate station you need to reach Fukuchiyama Station first. From Kyoto you will need the JR Sanin Line which will take around 1 hour 15 minutes. From Osaka or Kobe – you’ll use the Fukuchiyama Line which will take around 2 hours. From Fukuchiyama Station you will need to change to the Kyoto-Tango Railway which will then take you the rest of the way to Amanohashidate Station.