1 day trip : Amanohashidate

Let’s go on a day trip to Amanohashidate, one of Japan's three most scenic views with Miyajima (Hiroshima), Matsushima (Miyagi).
At the extreme north of the Kyoto coastline, a natural sandbar 3.6 kilometers long spreading over the Miyazu bay, covered in pine forest. According to the legend, it was a bridge that connected the earth to the sky.
Let’s cross the Amanohashidate sandbar by bicycle, take the cable car to the view point, and admire the amazing view on the bay,  enjoy a short cruise into the bay.There is plenty of ways to look at it.
Then we will visit the winery and enjoy a buffet lunch made with local ingredients.
Enjoy in one day this beautiful japanese landscape.

No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend (-2000yen )

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Overview

Let’s go on a day trip to Amanohashidate, one of Japan's three most scenic views with Miyajima (Hiroshima), Matsushima (Miyagi).
At the extreme north of the Kyoto coastline, a natural sandbar 3.6 kilometers long spreading over the Miyazu bay, covered in pine forest. According to the legend, it was a bridge that connected the earth to the sky.
Let’s cross the Amanohashidate sandbar by bicycle, take the cable car to the view point, and admire the amazing view on the bay,  enjoy a short cruise into the bay.There is plenty of ways to look at it.
Then we will visit the winery and enjoy a buffet lunch made with local ingredients.
Enjoy in one day this beautiful japanese landscape.

No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend (-2000yen )

Click here to discover our excursions from Kyoto.

We are Japan specialist travel agency, click here to contact our experts for more information about your next trip.
 
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Itinerary ↓↓The tour will take you to ↓↓

Itinerary

Kyoto station - Amanohashidate - Bike ride on the sandbar in the pine forest - Winery - Buffet Lunch - Cable Car to the point of view - Cruise in the bay (15 minutes) - Visit the Chion-ji temple - Kyoto Station

★Meeting point : Kyoto station (in case of a private trip, possibility to meet at you hotel)

★Start time : 8.30 am

★Duration of the trip : about 10.5 hours

★Tour end : Kyoto  about 7h15 pm (In case of a private trip : possibile at the hotel)

★Highlights of the trip (and suggestion)

  • 1 day trip

  • small group trip (if you are interested about a private tour, please contact us)

  • Visit of a winery - a lunch prepared with local ingredients and region’s products. 
    *No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend ( -2000yen)

  • The viewpoint of Amanohashidate (Cable car)

  • A cruise in the Aso sea to see the Amanohashidate from the sea

  • Visiting one of Japan's three temples of intelligence : Chion-ji temple

What is Amanohashidate ?

Leaving Kyoto, it takes 2 hours heading north to reach the coastline and its seaside towns. Here we head for Miyazu  where there is a place that everyone in Japan have already heard about, Amanohashidate.  
The bridge to heaven : Amanohashidate

 Japan's three most scenic view (Nihon Sankei in Japanese) have been chosen by Hayashi Gaho in the 17th century and are Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture), Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture), and Amanohashidate (Kyoto Prefecture). At the same period, another famous philosopher named Kaibara Ekiken wrote that Amanohashidate is the most beautiful view of the three, and nowadays, the place has become well-known. In the Japanese mythology, Amanohashidate is considered as the bridge that connected earth to heaven, travelled by the gods. This natural phenomenon results of the ocean currents that come from both sides, sea and land, and create the sandbar. This one is covered by pine forest of over 5000 trees and white sandy beaches. This amazing landscape is loved by many people for a long time. 
Moreover, from the mountain we can admire the panoramic view expressed by a lot of poets and painters as the motif of their artworks, and often compared with a dragon flying in the sky. 
breakfast, lunch

Cycling on "hakusha-seisho"

Hakusha-seisho means the contrast between the white sandy beaches and the pine forest that creates this beautiful scenery. While the beauty of some hakusha-seisho in Japan is decreasing year by year, the one in Amanohashidate still keeps its beauty.
Let's cross the 3.6 km white sand bridge across the bay by bicycle. (The road is cleared and not covered with sand)

Amanohashidate winery

Let’s cycling along the coastline to the Amanohashidate winery. On our way, we can give a look at the landscape of what we call in japanese, the funaya, the “boat houses” which stand along the Aso sea.

Amanohashidate winery
This winery was established at Amanohashidate by the investment of a company in Hokkaido which is the biggest producing region of domestic wine.
It is made with the best quality grapes, using the better methods of fermentation imported from Germanie. Come and enjoy comparing this wine with the one which is made in your country.  

The winery has also a restaurant and a buffet lunch that offer a delicious cuisine prepared with local and fresh ingredients, using also its wine. Admiring the view of Amanohashidate , let’s enjoy peacefully your delicious lunch.

No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend (-2000yen )

lunch

The observeratory in Kasamatsu Koen

The highlight of Amanohashidate is the view on the pure land you can admire from two observatories located at the south side or at the north side, but it doesn’t change the amazing show you are going to see. On foot, with the cable car or the lift, you can choose your way to go to the top. If the weather is good, you could take the cable car to go up and the lift to go back.

This view from “the pure land” observatory  is called “the flying dragon” (vertically) but the view from the Kasamatsu park is called  “the rising dragon” (horizontally). it also refers to the kanji 一 which means 1 in Japanese.
Here, like the legend said, let’s try to put your head between your legs and admire Amanohashidate upside down, you will see the dragon flying into the air. Looking it that way, you will also have the impression of a bridge built in the sky.

At the restaurant and the coffee shop of the observatory, you can enjoy plenty of souvenir shops. You will find also a funny game to test your luck. Indeed, in front of the lake stands a kind of circle in which you have to throw a plate (three tries for 200円). It is called kawarake nage.

Once you arrive to the cable car terminal station, let’s visit the kono-jina shrine which stands nearby. It is also called the former Ise shrine, being dedicated to the supreme god like the shrines of Ise. It is a very ancient shrine full of history. It is built with the same architectural style that those of Ise, and many visitors come to feel its spiritual energy.

Amanohashidate boat ride

You could enjoy a boat ride from the north to the south along the sanbar. It is a short boat ride less than 15 minutes, but this time,  let's enjoy the view from the sea. Don’t hesitate to buy some bait (100 yen) to feed the seagulls who follow the boat.

Chion-ji temple

Then let’s visit the Chion-ji dedicated to the monju of wisdom and intelligence.Monju refers to the goddess of wisdom, Bodhisattva. The three power places where bodhisattva is enshrined are  called "Three Sengoku Nihon", which is in Nara Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and here Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture.

It is a venerable temple with 1200 years of history, many students come to pray Bodhisattva to succeed in their exams. There is also a beautiful mountain gate, a pagoda and a toro lantern (is a traditional lantern made of stone). Here you will see unusual omikuji (fortunes paper) in the form of a handheld fan that you open to discover your fortune. The omikuji in Kono shrine are in the form of an umbrella with the message inside.

We will take the bus go back to Kyoto Station, the tour ends about 7 pm or 7 :30 pm

Where to Go

Itinerary

Itinerary ↓↓The tour will take you to ↓↓

Itinerary

Kyoto station - Amanohashidate - Bike ride on the sandbar in the pine forest - Winery - Buffet Lunch - Cable Car to the point of view - Cruise in the bay (15 minutes) - Visit the Chion-ji temple - Kyoto Station

★Meeting point : Kyoto station (in case of a private trip, possibility to meet at you hotel)

★Start time : 8.30 am

★Duration of the trip : about 10.5 hours

★Tour end : Kyoto  about 7h15 pm (In case of a private trip : possibile at the hotel)

★Highlights of the trip (and suggestion)

  • 1 day trip

  • small group trip (if you are interested about a private tour, please contact us)

  • Visit of a winery - a lunch prepared with local ingredients and region’s products. 
    *No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend ( -2000yen)

  • The viewpoint of Amanohashidate (Cable car)

  • A cruise in the Aso sea to see the Amanohashidate from the sea

  • Visiting one of Japan's three temples of intelligence : Chion-ji temple

What is Amanohashidate ?

Leaving Kyoto, it takes 2 hours heading north to reach the coastline and its seaside towns. Here we head for Miyazu  where there is a place that everyone in Japan have already heard about, Amanohashidate.  
The bridge to heaven : Amanohashidate

 Japan's three most scenic view (Nihon Sankei in Japanese) have been chosen by Hayashi Gaho in the 17th century and are Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture), Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture), and Amanohashidate (Kyoto Prefecture). At the same period, another famous philosopher named Kaibara Ekiken wrote that Amanohashidate is the most beautiful view of the three, and nowadays, the place has become well-known. In the Japanese mythology, Amanohashidate is considered as the bridge that connected earth to heaven, travelled by the gods. This natural phenomenon results of the ocean currents that come from both sides, sea and land, and create the sandbar. This one is covered by pine forest of over 5000 trees and white sandy beaches. This amazing landscape is loved by many people for a long time. 
Moreover, from the mountain we can admire the panoramic view expressed by a lot of poets and painters as the motif of their artworks, and often compared with a dragon flying in the sky. 
breakfast, lunch

Cycling on "hakusha-seisho"

Hakusha-seisho means the contrast between the white sandy beaches and the pine forest that creates this beautiful scenery. While the beauty of some hakusha-seisho in Japan is decreasing year by year, the one in Amanohashidate still keeps its beauty.
Let's cross the 3.6 km white sand bridge across the bay by bicycle. (The road is cleared and not covered with sand)

Amanohashidate winery

Let’s cycling along the coastline to the Amanohashidate winery. On our way, we can give a look at the landscape of what we call in japanese, the funaya, the “boat houses” which stand along the Aso sea.

Amanohashidate winery
This winery was established at Amanohashidate by the investment of a company in Hokkaido which is the biggest producing region of domestic wine.
It is made with the best quality grapes, using the better methods of fermentation imported from Germanie. Come and enjoy comparing this wine with the one which is made in your country.  

The winery has also a restaurant and a buffet lunch that offer a delicious cuisine prepared with local and fresh ingredients, using also its wine. Admiring the view of Amanohashidate , let’s enjoy peacefully your delicious lunch.

No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend (-2000yen )

lunch

The observeratory in Kasamatsu Koen

The highlight of Amanohashidate is the view on the pure land you can admire from two observatories located at the south side or at the north side, but it doesn’t change the amazing show you are going to see. On foot, with the cable car or the lift, you can choose your way to go to the top. If the weather is good, you could take the cable car to go up and the lift to go back.

This view from “the pure land” observatory  is called “the flying dragon” (vertically) but the view from the Kasamatsu park is called  “the rising dragon” (horizontally). it also refers to the kanji 一 which means 1 in Japanese.
Here, like the legend said, let’s try to put your head between your legs and admire Amanohashidate upside down, you will see the dragon flying into the air. Looking it that way, you will also have the impression of a bridge built in the sky.

At the restaurant and the coffee shop of the observatory, you can enjoy plenty of souvenir shops. You will find also a funny game to test your luck. Indeed, in front of the lake stands a kind of circle in which you have to throw a plate (three tries for 200円). It is called kawarake nage.

Once you arrive to the cable car terminal station, let’s visit the kono-jina shrine which stands nearby. It is also called the former Ise shrine, being dedicated to the supreme god like the shrines of Ise. It is a very ancient shrine full of history. It is built with the same architectural style that those of Ise, and many visitors come to feel its spiritual energy.

Amanohashidate boat ride

You could enjoy a boat ride from the north to the south along the sanbar. It is a short boat ride less than 15 minutes, but this time,  let's enjoy the view from the sea. Don’t hesitate to buy some bait (100 yen) to feed the seagulls who follow the boat.

Chion-ji temple

Then let’s visit the Chion-ji dedicated to the monju of wisdom and intelligence.Monju refers to the goddess of wisdom, Bodhisattva. The three power places where bodhisattva is enshrined are  called "Three Sengoku Nihon", which is in Nara Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture, and here Amanohashidate in Kyoto Prefecture.

It is a venerable temple with 1200 years of history, many students come to pray Bodhisattva to succeed in their exams. There is also a beautiful mountain gate, a pagoda and a toro lantern (is a traditional lantern made of stone). Here you will see unusual omikuji (fortunes paper) in the form of a handheld fan that you open to discover your fortune. The omikuji in Kono shrine are in the form of an umbrella with the message inside.

We will take the bus go back to Kyoto Station, the tour ends about 7 pm or 7 :30 pm
Important to know
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

  • Minimum number of participants required for tour departure is one.

  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; please wear comfortable walking shoes.

  • Please inform us, at the time of booking, about the participation of any person with reduced mobility or suffering from any condition requiring  special needs during the trip.

  • This tour is not covered by insurance.

  • Itinerary order is subject to change depending on traffic, weather and operation hours.

  • In case of traffic congestion or weather or any other uncontrollable reasons that affect the tour schedule and lead to delay in time, schedule change or visit cancellation etc., the tour will not be cancelled or refunded in such cases.  Please be noted in advance.

Additional informations
  • Small groups, 8 people maximum. The tour can be customized in the case if there is no other participant on the day of trip.

  • Please note that public transportation will be used during this tour and seating is not guaranteed.

  • Please  refer to “Travel information” about any useful information.

  • Pictures are used for illustrative purpose only.

Included
  • English speaking tour leader

  • All transportations during the tour ( long distance coach, cable car, rental bike, cruise ship) 

  • Visit winery & tasting

  • buffet lunch
    *No visit & lunch at the winery the weekend (-2000yen )

Not included
  • The travel insurance
  • The personal expenses

  • Meals and drinks not mentioned

  • Transportations,visits and activities not mentioned

  • Transfer by the tour leader from your hotel to the tour starting point and from the tour ending point to the hotel →with additional fees (each service:5000yen / 1group )

  • Gratuities (Voluntary)

Dates & Prices

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