Walking along a bridge formed by gods

Wakasa Bay Area

Amanohashidate is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan. Having been formed about four thousand years ago, it is a sand bar with about 20 to 170 meters in width and about 3.6 kilometers in length. It was named "Amanohashidate (the bridge to heaven)" because it resembles a bridge that leads to the skies. There is a myth that says it was originally a ladder used by a god to climb to heaven, but fell down and became a road while he was sleeping. Come and walk through this popular site while visiting the power spots located in the surrounding area.

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Day 1 - Amanohashidate

Osaka -- <JR Keihan Main Line 70 mins.> -- Kyoto -- <JR Sanin Main Line 80 mins.> -- Fukuchiyama -- <Miyafuku Line, Kinki Tango Railway 60 mins.> -- Amanohashidate -- [Amanohashidate] -- <60 mins. by walk> -- [Motoise Kono-jinja Shrine] -- <Amanohashidate (20 mins. by bicycle)> -- Amanohashidate -- <5 mins. by walk> -- [Chion-ji Temple] -- Amanohashidate

*The times required with public transportation are approximate.


Here, the sand and pebbles that have come down from the river were swept away by the ocean current and accumulated in the ocean to form an almost perfectly straight line as they hit another ocean current. It is said that they have formed a 3.2 kilometer-long road. Eight thousand pine trees grow on one side of this fascinating natural road while a white sandy beach spreads on the other side.

Kaisen-kyo Bridge

The bridge that connects the mainland and Amanohashidate. It is called Kaisen-kyo (rotating bridge) because it rotates ninety degrees at the center to let vessels such as sightseeing boats and freighters pass through. It was manually rotated every time vessels needed to pass through until it became electrically-operated in 1960.

Isoshimizu and Amanohashidate-jinja Shrine

An interesting spot where freshwater springs up even though it is surrounded by ocean waters. It is known as “Isoshimizu” and is the source of one of the hundred best waters of Japan. Amanohashidate-jinja Shrine, which is located nearby, is a popular spot for praying for romantic love. There are many stones on top of the shrine gateway as it is said that placing them there brings romance.

Motoise Kono-jinja Shrine

A shrine located on the northern coast, which is the opposite shore from the station. The shrine is of ancient and honorable origin as it was built with the oldest style of Japanese architecture. Amanohashidate was originally used as the approach to Kono-jinja Shrine and was believed to be the bridge that connects the heavens and earth, and the gods and people.

Chion-ji Temple

After visiting Kono-jinja Shrine, head back by crossing Amanohashidate again. It takes about one hour to walk across Amanohashidate, but you can rent a bicycle. Chion-ji Temple, which is located near Amanohashidate Station, has been known since ancient times as a sacred site that enshrines the Monju Bodhisattva, which is the symbol of Buddhist wisdom. The two-storied pagoda, which is a specified important cultural property, is the oldest of its kind in Japan and has a history of almost six hundred years.

The gate that stands in front of Chion-ji Temple was built in 1762, and took 7 years and 8,780 carpenters to build.

Day 2 - Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate -- <4 mins. by walk> -- [Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat] -- <15 mins. by boat> -- Ichinomiya Pier -- <5 mins. by walk> -- [Manai-jinja Shrine] -- Fuchu -- <Cable car 4 mins.><6 mins. by lift> -- [Kasamatsu Park] -- <30 mins. by walk> -- [Nariai-ji Temple] -- <30 mins. by walk> -- Kasamatsu Park -- <Cable car 4 mins.><6 mins. by lift> -- Fuchu -- <25 mins. by bus> -- Amanohashidate -- <Kinki Tango Railway 5 mins.> -- Miyazu -- <JR Hashidate 150 mins.> -- Kyoto -- <JR 70 mins.> -- Osaka

Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat

Cross the northern shore once again on your second day. The sightseeing boat is one way to get to the opposite shore.

Manai-jinja Shrine

A mighty power spot behind Kono-jinja Shrine that may not be known widely, but is very famous among those who do know it. The Sacred Manai Water wells up on the grounds, and visitors may drink it. The “Iwakura” shrine rock located right behind the main shrine symbolizes the belief in sacred stones, which is a form of ancient Japanese nature worship. It is said that it has been worshipped since two thousand and five hundred years ago, unchanged in its present form.

Cable Car, Lift

Kasamatsu Park

Kasamatsu Park, which is located on the northern side of Amanohashidate, is a great spot for viewing the Amanohashidate. The view from the park is known as “Hiryukan (view of the flying dragon)”, as Amanohashidate looks just like a dragon flying up toward the heavens.

Nariai-ji Temple

Built at the end of the twelfth century, it is a designated important cultural property with a famous Buddhist Bonsho bell, a bottomless lake, a statue of the holy Buddha of compassion known for its beauty, and famous rhododendrons that bloom on the grounds. Nariai-ji Temple is a training hall for an ancient Japanese mountain religion as well as a sacred spot.