After first visiting Matsushima Bay and the floating torii of Miyajima, we finally ticked off the third of Japan’s Three Best Views (Nihon Sankei) from our to-do list: Amanohashidate (天橋立), the bridge through the sky. Or so at least this pine-clad sandbar crossing Miyazu Bay on Japan’s West Coast appears when one looks at it through one’s legs.
The canonical things to do are walking the 3.3km across Amanohashidate to the other side and viewing it from one of the hills on either side. Once we had walked across (a pleasant stroll), we took the chair lift up to Kasamatsu Park, from where the view is beautiful.
Further up the mountain, a Buddhist temple is located, Nariai-ji.
To go back to the other side, we made use of one of the flashy-looking jet-boats which zip the visitor across the bay within a few minutes. I think also the view from the other hill would have been worth seeing. Even though the place is naturally rather touristic, Amanohashidate and its surroundings are of great natural beauty and would have deserved more time than the schedule of our “Great Round Trip” could afford us.