Amanohashidate is considered to be one the 3 most scenic views of Japan. Located in Kyoto Prefecture, about 2 hours from the city of Kyoto, it is kind of out of the way of most travel plans. If you have ample time, it is worth checking out, but to be honest, if you have limited time you are better off in Kyoto, Nara or IMHO even Himeji Castle.
Amanohashidate means “bridge to heaven,” and it is said that if you go up to either one of the hills that overlooks the 3.6km long sandbar covered with pine trees, that it looks like a bridge leading to heaven. Both hilltops can be accessed by cable car and have nice views (assuming it isn’t cloudy like the day I went). The sandbar takes about 45 minutes to walk from end to end and makes for a nice walk.
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