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My visit to one of the best views of Japan: Amanohashidate

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My visit to one of the best views of Japan: Amanohashidate

Japan is a country full of nature and tradition! There are several spots for you to enjoy, and some are close to known cities! Let me introduce you to the "Bridge to Heaven" in Kyoto Prefecture!

Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

Published on 14 Jul, 12:00

I lived in Japan for over two years while pursuing my master's degree. During that time, I met my husband and discovered many places in the Kansai area. I lived in Kyoto and Ibaraki, but I did not know their prefectures well.

One summer night in August 2021, I was talking with my husband as the summer holidays started. Coincidentally, we were visiting his family in Hyogo that weekend. While in their house, they suggested that we go to Amanohashidate in Kyoto prefecture! I did not know anything about the place, but it intrigued me by its name!

Picture with my husband at Amanohashidate Observation Deck, 2021
Picture with my husband at Amanohashidate Observation Deck, 2021
Amanohashidate is in the north of Kyoto Prefecture and is one of the three scenic views of the country! It is part of the Miyazu Bay and has a sandbar covered with pines. If seen from above, the bay resembles a dragon flying to the sky.

His family lent us the car, and we started our journey by driving for 2 hours and a half. Although it was not as short as expected, we enjoyed the scenery and the good roads during the trip. The car had a Navigation system (Navi), and we could find the way.

Picture from the car, 2021
Picture from the car, 2021

If any of you is going to come by other transportation, you can look at the schedule to arrive via train or bus from the city of Kyoto.

  • By bus, the trip is around 2 hours and costs 2900 yen.
  • By train takes the same time but with a price near 5000 yen.

We arrived at the area close to the observation deck without any issue. Nevertheless, finding parking was difficult, as this is a popular tourist spot among the Japanese.

To go up, we rode the sightseeing lift for 800 yen (both ways). However, there was a monorail too! Going up was exciting and a little scary, as we did not have any seat belts.

Picture from the sightseeing lift, 2021
Picture from the sightseeing lift, 2021

Get yourself to the bridge to heaven!

The view from the top was beautiful, and there were several guests too! I was impressed not only by the landscape, but by the way people observed the Amanohashidate.

The "technique" used is called Matanosaki, in which you put your head between your legs. By doing so, you will be able to see the dragon-shaped pine bay ascending to the sky. I gave it a try, and the image of the dragon was really clear!
Matanosaki and landscape at Amanohashidate Observation Deck, 2021
Matanosaki and landscape at Amanohashidate Observation Deck, 2021

The observation deck had some game attractions inside and one restaurant! This restaurant was called AmaTerrace (アマテラス) and had on its first floor a café and on the second floor the main dining! Other than that, I do not remember seeing food stalls, but there were some vending machines.

As we arrived during lunchtime, we decided to have a meal in AmaTerrace! It was not particularly expensive, around 1300 yen! I had Udon, and my husband ate a lunch set with fish!

Lunch menu at a restaurant in Amanohashidate Observation Deck, 2021
Lunch menu at a restaurant in Amanohashidate Observation Deck, 2021

After eating, we went down and walked towards the pine bay. The surrounding streets were traditional and looked similar to those in Kyoto! The closer we moved, the more crowded it became (hehe). Everyone gathered near the bridge leading to the pine area.

Our visit ended with a short walk along the shore and a refreshing drink on that hot summer day!

My picture by the bridge at Miyazu Bay
My picture by the bridge at Miyazu Bay

I recommend all of you in Kyoto prefecture to visit this place and experience a beautiful view like no other in Japan!

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Carolina Suarez

Carolina Suarez

こんにちは!Hello Everyone! 🌼🌼 I am Carolina, a Japanese culture lover and digital content creator! I am happy to share with you my memories of living in Japan and studying there!!! Also, I am married to a Japanese now 💕 You can check my posts and my YouTube channel: misakissme ☺️

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