Ama-no-hashidate sand bar
An entire area dotted with splendid towering pines. Warm, white sands stretching luxuriously to the sea.
The scenic Ama-no-hashidate sand bar is located in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture, on Miyazu Bay, facing the Sea of Japan. Located on the west coast of the bay, it is a 3-kilometer-long and 40- to 100-meter-wide sand spit, stretching into Miyazu Bay from Ejiri on the Tango-hanto Peninsula. It was formed by sand accumulated by the tides and wind. The over 8,000 pine trees growing on this white sand spit appear like a bridge over the ocean, creating a place of incomparable beauty called "Hakusha-Seisho," which means "white sand and green trees." The area is said to be one of the three most beautiful spots in Japan, together with Miyajima in Hiroshima and Matsushima in Miyagi. If you bend over and try to look at the view through your legs, it is said that Ama-no-hashidate will appear like a bridge to the heavens.
The bridge connecting the area to the Miyazu side is a revolving bridge that turns to let ships pass. The top of the nearby mountain may be reached by a cable car, where you can enjoy the view providing a different perspective from that of the sea. On summer nights, about 170 torches decorate Ama-no-hashidate, creating the "Bridge of Fire." The torch flames light up the night like stars in space and reflect on the surface of the sea like fireworks to create a dream-like scene.
Bathing in the Ama-no-hashidate-onsen Hot Spring, which is located in the vicinity, is said to give bathers beautiful skin.
From Tokyo:[Rail]2h 15 min to Kyoto Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line (Nozomi), and 2h from Kyoto to Ama-no-hashidate Station by JR San'in Tango Discovery Line (limited express).
* It takes 2h 45 min from Tokyo to Kyoto by Hikari Shinkansen.
From Osaka:[Rail]28 min to Kyoto Station by JR Tokaido Line (new rapid service).