You can swim in the sea at “Amanohashidate”, a beach with one of the three best sceneries in Japan. (Kyoto)

Did you know that there is a special beach in Kyoto?
Amanohashidate, one of the three best sceneries in Japan has a beach! The unusual geographical features called Sasu that lies between Aso Sea in Miyazu city, and Miyazu bay create Amanohashidate. The beautiful white sand and green pines stretch from south to north for about 3.6km. The place is related to a very old Japanese myth. You can also swim in the sea.




Amanohashidate beach

Generally speaking, Japanese beaches are usually not clear enough to enjoy scenery or for swimming, contrary to the affluence of surrounding areas. However, Amanohashidate is different from all the rest! The southern part of the beach is full of families who come to swim in the sea.

I could see fish, jellyfish, crab, and hermit crab. The pine trees make good shade to rest under. The combination of the sea and pine trees is very ‘Japanese’ to me.


There’s also a seaside clubhouse!

They have a variety of foods and drinks. An English menu is also available because many foreign people visit. You can also rent bicycles. Clean public toilets and a free shared bathroom (shower) are also available. It was so nice that they have all of them in one place. It was cheap and easy.


View it from in between your legs!

There is an observation point near the beach, but the way to view the scenery is a bit unique. It’s called “mata-nozoki”, or peeping through your legs.
By viewing the scenery from in between your legs, the Sasu of Amanohashidate looks as if the dragon ascends into heaven. You might only be able to see such funny antics here in Amanohashidate. Please try it even if you are bit shy. Observation points are in the southern and northern parts at “Amanohashidate view land” and “Kasamatsu-koen”, where you can enjoy different views.

The fresh sashimi caught near Amanohashidate

The fresh seafood caught near Amanohashidate

Good fish caught near the Sea of Japan.

There are onsen, hotels, and restaurants near Amanohashidate station where you can enjoy tasty seafood. Nothing beats freshly caught seasonal fish and sake!


The bridge that opens up 50 times a day.

The picturesque scenery is “Kaisenkyo” that bridges towards the beach. The bridge turns at a right angle as ships pass, so passengers usually have to wait. People watch the ship pass through the gate with joy! You can also cruise through the pine-treed areas on this ship.

The word, Amanohashidate maybe unfamiliar to foreign visitors, but please remember this beautiful name as its scenery suggests.
People have commonly known about this bridge since ancient times as a bridge that the god made towards heaven. I hope you have a good time here!

To those who are a little tired of the usual temples, matcha, and maiko in Kyoto, this beautiful sea and green pine trees are worth the visit! It takes about 2 hours from Kyoto by train, so come and cool yourself down here on a hot summer day!


Amanohashidate koen, Monju, Miyazu city, Kyoto

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I was born in the Kansai region, raised in the Kanto region, and am now, raising my child in the Tokai region! I have lived in many places, and from this, I consider myself good at quickly adapting to new locations. I can also speak the Kansai-ben dialect. I recently lived in Thailand and have come to love the people there! My favorite writers are Soseki Natsume and Hisashi Inoue.


Address Amanohashidate koen, Monju, Miyazu city, Kyoto
Access 2 hours from Kyoto by JR Sanin mainline.