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Amanohashidate 天橋立

One of the three famed "scenic views" in Japan (along with Matsushima and Miyajima), Amanohashidate - or "The Bridge to Heaven" - sits at the base of rural Tango Peninsula in northern Kyōto Prefecture. A 3.5-kilometer spit of white sand and lush pine trees, the village-flanked site remains one of Japan's most celebrated spots, despite the inevitable tourist schlock that its status attracts.
Outside Amanohashidate Station
Outside Amanohashidate Station
Ascending from Monju by monorail
Ascending from Monju by monorail
Rising up over the spit
Rising up over the spit
View over Amanohashidate from the monorail
View over Amanohashidate from the monorail
Amanohashidate View Land
Amanohashidate View Land
Amanohashidate from beside the official sign
Amanohashidate from beside the official sign
Tourist boat sailing into Monju port
Tourist boat sailing into Monju port
Hotels on the far shore off Fuchū village
Hotels on the far shore off Fuchū village
Yukitsuri in Amanohashidate View Land
Yukitsuri in Amanohashidate View Land
Small shrine by the path
Small shrine by the path
Descending back to Monju by chair lift
Descending back to Monju by chair lift
The main drag in Monju village
The main drag in Monju village
Asari (clam) udon
Asari (clam) udon
Kaisen-donburi (sashimi rice bowl)
Kaisen-donburi (sashimi rice bowl)
Main gate into Chion-ji
Main gate into Chion-ji
Path to the main hall, Chion-ji
Path to the main hall, Chion-ji
Charms hanging at Chion-ji
Charms hanging at Chion-ji
Charm and pine needles
Charm and pine needles
Suzu bell at Chion-ji
Suzu bell at Chion-ji
Interior lantern at Chion-ji
Interior lantern at Chion-ji
Edge of the spit and distant boat
Edge of the spit and distant boat
Beach on Amanohashidate's sand spit
Beach on Amanohashidate's sand spit
Fishing on the spit
Fishing on the spit
Small shrine on the spit
Small shrine on the spit
View up one of the pine trees
View up one of the pine trees
Pointing to the far shore
Pointing to the far shore
Slanting pines on the spit
Slanting pines on the spit
Daytrippers coming up the path
Daytrippers coming up the path
South edge of Fuchū village
South edge of Fuchū village
Rowboat and lumber shed outside a house
Rowboat and lumber shed outside a house
Entrance to Kono-jinja
Entrance to Kono-jinja
Beside the main hall of Kono-jinja
Beside the main hall of Kono-jinja
Praying at an auxiliary shrine, Kono-jinja
Praying at an auxiliary shrine, Kono-jinja
Dragon statue, Kono-jinja
Dragon statue, Kono-jinja
Woman praying at a smaller shrine, Kono-jinja
Woman praying at a smaller shrine, Kono-jinja
Turtles both carved and real
Turtles both carved and real
View over Amanohashidate from Kasamatsu-kōen
View over Amanohashidate from Kasamatsu-kōen
Boat sailing past the spit
Boat sailing past the spit
View down on Fuchū village
View down on Fuchū village
Dried fish and squid for sale in Fuchū
Dried fish and squid for sale in Fuchū
Pufferfish souvenirs, Fuchū
Pufferfish souvenirs, Fuchū
Shōchū display outside a shop
Shōchū display outside a shop
Beside the funaya (boat-houses) of Fuchū
Beside the funaya (boat-houses) of Fuchū
Row of funaya and makeshift docks
Row of funaya and makeshift docks
Funaya and docked boat
Funaya and docked boat
Crane taking flight
Crane taking flight
Funaya along the bay
Funaya along the bay
Boat within its garage
Boat within its garage