Amanohashidate Area

Along with Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture) and Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture), Amanohashidate is known as one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan. Viewing the natural 3.6km sandbar from a distance, with its white sandy beaches and pine trees, does not disappoint.
The annual events: Aoi Matsuri – the oldest festival in the Tango region – Defune Matsuri and the Miyazu Toro Nagashi Fireworks draw large crowds, but the area is generally bustling with people all year round.

Amanohashidate View Land

Take the chair lift or monorail to the hilltop 130 meters above sea level. If you look at Amanohashidate from here, it looks like a dragon ascending to the heavens, so it's also known as "Hiryukan" (flying dragon view).

Motoise Kono-jinja Shrine

An old shrine of the greatest standing in the Tango region and home to the National Treasure, the "Genealogy of the Amabe Clan" in addition to the Important Cultural Property the "Shinzen Komainu Stone Guardian Dogs." The five-colored suedama motif on the rails can only be seen here and at Ise Shrine.

Kasamatsu Park

A famous place reached by cable car or chair lift for observing Amanohashidate by bending over and peering between your legs (mata-nozoki). By looking from between your legs, the land and sky get flipped upside down, and the sand bar looks like a bridge to the heavens.

Chionji Temple

Known as a sacred ground for the Buddhist deity Monju Bosatsu, it is one of the three Monju temples in Japan. It has the largest temple gate in the Tango region and houses many Important Cultural Properties including a two-story pagoda.

Chienowa Wisdom Ring Lantern

Erected in the early 18th century to protect the boats traversing the canal, this Buddhist stone monument is said to grant wisdom to anyone that passes their head through the ring three times.

INSIDER TIPS

Rent a bike

A visit to Amanohashidate is best enjoyed as a day trip from a base in Kyoto. Take the Hashidate Express from Kyoto Station (2 hrs) and enjoy the beautiful green, mountainous scenery along the way. Rent a bike (approx. ¥400 for 2 hrs) and cycle across the sandbar for a truly unique experience.

SEASONAL ATTRACTIONS

  • SPRING

    Aoi Matsuri

    Motoise Kono-jinja Shrine

  • SPRING

    Miyazu Matsuri

    Miyazu City

  • SUMMER

    Defune Matsuri

    Chionji Temple

  • SUMMER

    Miyazu Toro Nagashi Fireworks

    Miyazu Bay on the Shimasaki Park Coast

ACCESS

  • Train or Subway
  • Boat or Ferry
  • Walk
  • Car or Taxi
  • Bus

From Kansai International Airport

3 hr 20 minor 2 hr 40 min

From JR Osaka Station

2 hr 20 minor 2 hr 50 minor 2 hr

From Kyoto Tango Railway Amanohashidate Station

  • 1.Amanohashidate View Land

    10 min

  • 2.Motoise Kono-jinja Shrine

    5 min> Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat > 12 min> Ichinomiya Dock > 2 min

  • 3.Kasamatsu Park

    5 min> Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat > 12 min> Ichinomiya Dock > 5 min> Amanohashidate Cable Car Fuchu Terminal > 4 min in Cable Car

  • 4.Chionji Temple

    5 min

※Travel times are provided as a guide only. Actual travel times may differ.

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