Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate (Bridge to Heaven) is one of the Nihon Sangei, or Three Great Views of Japan. It is actually a long sand-spit, covered with pine trees. There are chair-lifts at each end, to bring you to higher elevation to see the sand-spit. You are supposed to observe it, by bending over, and viewing it framed by your legs!

It can be viewed from mountains on either side of the bay or it can be traversed on foot. Near the southern end is Chion-ji, a Buddhist temple.

Amanohashidate Station on the Miyazu Line railway, about two hours from Kyoto Station or Osaka Station, is located within walking distance from the southern end of Amanohashidate.