One of The Three Scenic Views in Japan: Amanohashidate

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Hello world. It’s Mr. Wada on duty.

You may have figured that Japanese like catches like “Top Three…” as I mentioned in the previous post (The Three Well-known Onsens).

One of the Three Best Onsens in Japan: Arima Onsen, Hyogo

This time I will share one of “The Three Scenic Views” in Japan (hehe), which is Amanohashidate (天橋立).

By the way, other two are Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, and Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture which I’ve featured before.

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About Amanohashidate

It is said that it is a sandbar/sand bank built by earthquake like thousands years ago, etc… Well, who knows. It does look quite unique and interesting indeed.

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It is located in Northern Kyoto, but it’s about 2-3 hours drive away from central Kyoto. Very far right?

 

Amanohashidate Tour!

It may take a half day. We shall start the tour at the Amanohashidate JR Station. A cool wood sign!

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Amanohashidate View Land

Walk down about 5 minutes to the lift to go up the mountain.

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Already looks great though…

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Here we are. It does look quite something, doesn’t it? (or perhaps it may be hard to tell in the photo). Plus the weather is perfect!

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Matanozoki (股のぞき) is one thing about Amanohashidate. Take a look at it through your legs (upside-down) like in the photo below. It looks like a dragon rising up the sky….

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How does it look like?…

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Round trip: 850 yen for adults (450 yen for children)

Chionji Temple

Going down back towards the port and you’ll pass this temple on the way.

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See something hanging on the trees?

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Looks like people write wishes down and hang them. Interesting.

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Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat

Now let’s move to the port and get on the boat (ferry). It’ll take you to the other side in 10 minutes or so.

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Let’s see how Amanohashidate looks like from the other side. Watch out for birds hunting for your food.

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One way: 530 yen (270 yen) / Round trip: 960 yen (480 yen)

Motoise Kono Shrine

As you get to the other side, this huge Torii (gate) waits. This is a path to Motoise Kono Shrine which was build in B.C. 507. That’s totally beyond my imagination….

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Kasamatsu Park

After walking through the shrine, you will see the cable car station. Yes, we are going up again.

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Amazing view from the lift.

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Comparison of how it used to look like in the old days. Interesting.

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Once again. Take a look at Amanohashidate through your legs! See if it looks different from this side.

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One way: 330 yen (170 yen) / Round trip: 660 yen (330 yen)

Walk Through

Alright, at last  we are going back to the other side, though we will walk through it. It is about 3.6 km long. It takes about 40-50 minutes.

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It’s full of pinewoods. Watch out!

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Speechless.

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Let’s call it a day.

Lastly

How do you find it? It’s a little hard to access compare to other sightseeing places but I guarantee it is worth a visit while in Japan. There are buses from central Kyoto. Check out below if you are interested.

Reference
Miyazu Amanohashidate Tourist Guide
 (for access)
Amanohashidate Tourism Association  (general info)

See you around!

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Affordable Camping in Miyajima

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Hi there enjoying spring? It’s Mr. Wada on duty! It will soon be a good season for early-summer camp. There is a place to grant my wish to go camping and sightseeing at once. This time I will share how you can do it in Miyajima!

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About Miyajima

It’s one of the three great views of Japan (Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, Amano-Hashidate in Kyoto Prefecture, and Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture). The other two are sorta hard to access since these are far from cities. However, Miyajima won’t give you a hard time.

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Access

Get to the Miyajima ferry port

Accessible by either car or train.

Train:
The nearest station is JR Miyajimaguchi Station.

Car:
There are many parking places near by. One at the port costs 1,000 yen for a day.

Take the Ferry

Ferries to Miyajima leave every 10 minutes. Get a ticket (180yen/one way) and bon voyage!

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Reference : Access | Miyajima Official Website – Japan

It’s actually only a 10-minute ride to Miyajima. What you see towards Miyajima first from the ferry would be the Great Torii (gateway at the entrance of Shinto shrines) on the sea. It is a symbol of Miyajima.

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Welcome to Miyajima

As landing Miyajima, deers will welcome you. No worries, they are gentle and friendly.

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Say hi and pet them.

Now what to see in Miyajima? OK, check the following.

Main Street

After saying good-bye to the deers, walk towards the Great Torii/shrine that you saw from the ferry, there is a shortcut, but why not pass through the main street of Miyajima? There are many stores on this street. Take a look and and perhaps come back later for getting souvenirs.

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Fresh oysters – look quite yummy.

The Great Torii

You are at the end of the shopping street. Now you see the Great Torii right there. It is a part of the Itsukushima Shrine but since it is built 200 meters away from the shrine itself, we can access it without entering the shrine. When the tide is low you can go down and walk around it. It really depends on what time you get in there.

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Comparison of during high tide and low tide.

Itsukushima Shrine

I’m not explaining its history etc here. Even if you aren’t into shrine & temple stuff, simply checking out the view from the shrine is quite something.

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How to Access the Camping Area

There is a camping area (kinda on the other side of the island). It’d be a good way to see the Great Torii when the tide is both high and low. Although it’s a 40-minute walk from the ferry port.

 

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2.8Km…!

 

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No worries, there are buses also.

Check-in

Get to the camping area? Check-in and pay fees at the reception.

Note: I strongly recommend to reserve in advance. It would be busy especially during the holidays.

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There are deers everywhere!

Facilities

This place offers a ready-to-use tent (already set up!). What you need to bring is a sleep bag/blanket.

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Note: BBQ set is also available for rent (if you need). Pretty cool, isn’t it?

Fees

A rental tent costs from 2,100 yen (for 4 people). Since it’s run by the city, it’s such a good deal!

Reference: Camp Sites and Cabins | Miyajima Official Website – Japan

Lastly

Aside from these places, there are also Miyajima Aquarium and cable cars to the mountain. Please try camping in Miyajima if you get a chance and lemme know how it goes. See you around!

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Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki – a must try!



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