About Northern Kansai

Amanohashidate (Miyazu)
"The Bridge to Heaven"
Image of The Bridge to Heaven
Image of The Bridge to Heaven and Map
Map of Amanohashidate (Miyazu)

Near "Amanohashidate", one of Japan’s three most famous scenic views, are numerous sacred sites worshiping the archetypal deities and Buddha of Japan, such as "the God of Food and Textiles", "the God of the Sun", and "the Buddha of Wisdom".

Sacred Shrines and Power Spots
Amanohashidate
Amanohashidate

“Amanohashidate”, one of Japan’s three most famous scenic views, is a naturally-formed geographical feature that is narrow and long, with a total length of about 3.6km. Legend has it that the god who created Japan used a ladder as a means of traveling back and forth between heaven and earth. One day this ladder fell and became Amanohashidate. This spectacular and mystical landscape can be views from two observatories.

Chionji Temple
Chionji Temple

Enshrined in Chionji Temple is one of Japan’s three important statues of monju: “Monju Bosatsu”, the Buddha of Wisdom. Wisdom in this case refers to the ability to make correct judgments and respond appropriately. Accorder to legend, “Monju Bosatsu” bestowed wisdom upon a dragon that was wreaking havoc in the region. The repentant dragon is said to protect this region to this day.
Many worshipers visit Chionji Temple to receive wisdom. It is said that eating the “Chie-no-Mochi” rice cake, sold in front of the gate on the grounds of the temple, will bring even greater blessings.

Nariaiji Temple
Nariaiji Temple

Nariaiji Temple is located on the side of a mountain overlooking Amanohashidate. The principle image is the “Migawari Kannon (Self-sacrificing Kannon”) who, according to legend, saved people from starvation by carving off her own flesh. This Buddha is also known as the “Bijin Kannon (Beautiful Kannon)”, who is said to bestow worshipers with beauty of the body and soul. Nariaiji Temple is also a popular flower-viewing spot, with cherry blossoms and rhododendrons in the spring and maple leaves in autumn.

Motoise Kono Shrine
Motoise Kono Shrine

Since ancient times, Motoise Kono Shrine gave worship to “Toyouke-no-okami”, the God of Food and Textiles, which is the ancestral god of this region. The shrine also enshrined, for a time, “Amaterasu-omikami”, the God of the Sun, which is the ancestral god of the Imperial Family. Because these two gods are currently enshrined in Ise Shrine, this shrine is referred to as “Motoise (Original Ise)”.
Due to its background, Motoise Kono Shrine is of high prestige. The main hall has the same architectural style (shinmei-zukuri style) as Ise Shrine. The Suetama balls of five colors on the balustrade are a treasure allowed only in Ise Shrine and this shrine.

Manai Shrine
Manai Shrine

The Okumiya (inner shrine) of Motoise Kono Shrine, Manai Shrine is where the god who created Japan, as well as numerous other gods, such as “Toyouke-no-okami” and “Amaterasu-omikami”, was enshrined in ancient times. The ancient site of worship from approx. 2,500 years ago still remains on the grounds of the shrine. The gods are said to have traveled between heaven and earth using the ladder, “Amanohashidate”, erected at this location.

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Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat
Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat

Connecting the two ends of Amanohashidate in approx. 12 minutes, the sightseeing boat offers passengers a view of Amanohashidate from the sea

Rental Bicycle
Rental Bicycle

In addition to walking, visitors can rent a bicycle at a nearby shop for a ride across Amanohashidate.

Access

Take the limited express train Hashidate from JR Kyoto Station to Amanohashidate Station. From JR Kyoto it will take about 2 hours. Amanohashidate is about a 20 minute walk from the station.