Amano-hashidate (Bridge to Heaven) is a pine-covered, narrow sandspit in the northern coastal region of Kyoto Prefecture. This 3.5km-long 'bridge' of 8000 pine trees spans north-south to divide Miyazu Bay, and is considered on of Japan's three great views. The east side has a white sandy beach and attract swimmers and strollers.
Viewing from the nearby hills, ancient people called this sandbank "the bridge to heaven". At the south end of the sandspit is a ropeway leading to the observatory atop the mountain. The sandbank is 20m to 170m wide and vehicles are not allowed to enter. Rent a bicycle at the either end of the sandbar.
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 89.5km) Google Transit
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5.03 months ago
Must see naturally occurring land-bridge across two bays. Amanohashidate is known as one of Japan's "Three Scenic Views," and rightfully so. This natural landbridge is covered with a pine forest and stretches 3.6km across two bays (Miyazu Bay named as one of UNESCO's world's most beautiful bays). There is a wide walking/cycling path across the entirety and it is beautifully maintained. The only cars allowed are people who maintain the location. Along the side of the land bridge is a beautiful, white-sand swimming beach. The further down you walk the more private it will be. I suggest coming here on a weekday (and avoid beach season from mid July to mid august if possible). It really isn't ever crowded outside these times. While there isn't much to do at night, the summer months offer light up events, food stalls, and even a fireworks festival. There are two overlooks for those who want an areal view of Amanohashidate. I prefer Kasamatsu Park on the far side. You can get there by walking, renting a bicycle, or even taking a sightseeing boat across the bay. If you can, try to find the shrine in the middle of the land bridge. It has a rare purifying font that is natural fresh water despite the bays on either side being salt water.
2.04 months ago
It was okay. It was pretty but there were way too many people although I went during the corona pandemic. Very touristy. They have these jetski tours which zoom past the spit, are very loud, and play loud j-pop. I think that this is very disrespectful as this is an important religious place and to the people who live near there. Bumped into some very rude tourists from Osaka there too. The beach was very crowded not a very good experience. I think that if the touristy tours and boats stopped it would be a very beautiful place. Although it may just be my Kanto talking. So I would definitely recommend going when there are not many people.
Sorry if I came off a little strong. I'm just a bit mad at some of the experiences we had.
5.04 months ago
Very nice for families and couples.
5.0a year ago
One of Japan’s most scenic place according to some and I have to agree! You can cross the sandbar on foot but it can take a while, best to rent a bike at either end! Or take a speed boat if that’s your preference.
5.04 months ago
Heaven it is. Highly recommended.