The Most Reminiscent View of Japan
Miyazu city (my Grandma’s home) is the most beautiful and reminiscent place I’ve ever visited.
If you want to see one of the most beautiful views in Japan, Amano-hashidate and the wonderful atmosphere of Miyazu city is your best bet.
Amano-hashidate, located in the northern part of Kyoto, adjacent to the Sea of Japan, is known as one of the three views of Japan (Nihon-Sankei). The total length is about 3.6 km and it has more than 5,000 pine trees on a sandy beach stretching across the islands.
Selected several centuries ago, the three views consists of Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture, Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, and Amano-hashidate. Many people come to see the mysterious shapes created by nature over the thousands of years.
You can see not only the view from the observatory but also enjoy activities such as walking on Amano-hashidate, riding a bicycle or boat, or swimming at the beach.
I highly recommend you to watch view like this. If you look upside down and see the pine trees spanning across the bay, it looks as if a dragon is flying in the sky.
The boat garage “Funaya” is lined up as if it is floating on the sea.
The Funaya is both a warehouse and a house where mainly fisherman reside.
There are cafés of inns around here, so you can actually experience the lives of the people who live in Funaya. At these places, you can enjoy seasonal fish and fresh vegetables.
Homemade dried fish and local Sake are also common in their daily lives, so I also recommend go check all the shops in Funaya.
Ine Bay Boat Tour
The amazing view of the Funaya along the bay can also be seen from the sea. The “Ine Bay Tour Boat” takes about 25 minutes and you can enjoy the view of Funaya with seabirds. (You can also feed seabirds if you buy some food before the ride)
From Kyoto (about 100 km) by car About one hour 25 minutes
Kyoto (Kutsukake I.C.)
Tanba I.C. R27
Kyotanba Washi I.C.
Maizuru Oe I.C.
Miyazu Amanohashidate I.C. R175, R178
By train <Fastest direct line>
About one hour 45 minutes
JR Kyoto Station (via JR San-in Main Line, KTR Miyafuku Line) KTR Miyazu Station KTR Amanohashidate Station
Author: Shun Sawai