Amanohashidate (天橋立) is one of Japan’s three scenic views. The sandbar is located in Miyazu Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture. It forms part of the Tango-Amanohashidate-Ōeyama Quasi-National Park.
The last two times I visited Amanohashidate was for an all-you-can-eat crab on a winter. We usually just have 90 minutes to eat and a few minutes to visit the shops to get some souvenirs. We could squeeze a minute or two to check out the beach area but could not venture out to other areas.
One of the best viewing area, is a park callled Kasamatsu Park (笠松公園) .
Which can be reached by renting a bicycle or a short ferry ride.
From the ferry station, you need to walk for a few minutes till you get to the cable car or lift.
There is a restaurant with a view and a good place to cool down on a hot summer day.
Around 5 minutes walk you can reach the higher point of the park and much nicer view of the sand strip.
There are couple of temple to visit around the area and some nice restaurants too.
I thought the beach would be more crowded but I guess the summer break was other so most families have already gone home. It’s a long strip, so you can always find a place to be alone a relax.
Awaji Yumebutai is the site where earth was remove to build artificial islands in Osaka Bay such as the Kansai International Airport. The natural environment which was once destroyed by man has been returned to its original state and a place where various animals and plants exist has been created.
It is a difficult place to go if you don’t have your own car or cannot drive like me. Fear not buses are available from Sannomiya or Maiko Station. One way is 930 yen and will take about 45 minutes. The bus will cross the huge Akashi bridge and it is a pretty awesome site.
There are no entrance fee to explore AwajiyumeButai but if you go into the Botanical garden which I highly recommend, then there will be an extra fee.
It was alreday middle of summer when we went so barely any flowers left but the view from garden is still pretty nice albeit very hot.
See the small square on top of the hill? That is where the nice view which you saw in the first picture
I wanted to jump in to cool down, but water is too shallow and I might be kicked out.
We made it to the top.
Another view from a different angle.
Each squares contains, different kind of veggies or flowers
A panoramic view with my two companions 😀
If you want to relax and enjoy nature ,art and the beach at the same time, Awaji Yumebutai is the place to be.
Miyazu City is located northern part of Kyoto Prefecture and one it’s famous tourist area is Amanohashidate which is clearly depicted in the manhole cover I found in the same place.
I found this cover on the way to Wakayama Castle from JR Wakayama Station but unfortunately, I cannot find the meaning of this design.
(any help is welcome 😀 )
Shinwakaura (新和歌浦) is a small town located south of Wakayama Prefecture.
Before the summer officially started last year (2016), we made a trip to a place called Shinwakaura which I accidentally found on google map.
It’s easier and cheaper than going all the way to Shirahama.
Just take a bus (和歌山) from JR Wakayama Station and stop at the last stop. The beach area is just a few minutes from there.
Since summer has not officially started, there are no stores stall up yet and most all barely anyone.
A panoramic view of the beach
I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a crowded during the summer.