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Crossing the unique Bridge to Heaven



Amanohashidate, meaning the Bridge in Heaven, is a 3.6 Km long strip of land which connects two opposing ends of the Miyazu Bay in northern Kyoto. Its is nationally considered as one of the Nihon Sankei, Japan's three most scenic views, due to its uniqueness and rich nature environment. The strip is made of fine sand and is lined by around 8000 pine trees. It is usually crossed either on foot or rental bicycles by tourists and offers a relaxing beach-like atmosphere where people can swim during the summer season.

At the northern end of Amanohashidate there's a chairlift and a cable car service, which takes visitors up the mountain to a viewing spot offering panoramic views. Tradition says that one must view the scenery bent over himself, upside down and looking between the legs. This is supposed to make Amanohashidate look like a bridge that goes to heaven and brings good luck to everyone who experiences this view.

Aside from the unique sand strip, Amanohashidate offer a few other interesting attractions such as Chion-ji Temple, which features the largest gate in the area and is located at the entrance of the sandbar, Motoise Kono shrine, a small shrine in the style of Ise shrine which stands near the northern end of the strip, and Narai-ji temple, which features a recently reconstructed 5 story pagoda and can be reached on a short bus ride from the observatory located up the hill.


JR Kyoto Station

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120 min. 2200¥ Railpass

Amanohashidate Station


The southern end of Amanohashidate is located within a short walk from Amanohashidate Train station. The strip of land can be crossed on foot (taking around an hour), by rental bike (around 20 minutes) or by one of the multiple boat rides offered at the bay. At the northern end one can take the chairlift up to the viewing spot.

Combination tickets including one or two way boat rides and the chairlift ticket are available.