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A Snowy Amanohashidate View Land: Video Introduction

This video, titled "A Snowy Amanohashidate Viewland" (天橋立ビューランド 雪景色) was uploaded by "Amanohashidate Viewland" (天橋立ビューランド).

This video captures the peaceful and serene atmosphere of Amanohashidate, as if viewed from the perspective of a flying bird. The clear, crisp winter air adds to the beauty of the scenery. Amanohashidate is a charming destination in every season, and this video showcases the special allure of winter. We hope you enjoy it.

Amanohashidate One of the Three Views of Japan, and Hiryukan

Image of Mata-nozoki

Amanohashidate, located in Miyazu, Kyoto, in the Kanto region of Japan, is known as one of the Japan's "Three Views of Japan," along with Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture) and Miyajima (Hiroshima Prefecture). Amanohashidate is a sandbar created by the accumulation of sand on a spit, and it's approximately 3.6km long and 20-170m wide. It’s covered with a whopping 8,000 pine trees, which thrive due to the repeated ebb and flow of the tides. The natural beauty of Amanohashidate is truly breathtaking and is often compared to works of art. Although there are many sandbars in Japan, none are as impressive as Amanohashidate.
[Video] 0:45 - Amanohashidate in Winter as Seen From the Sky (The Aso Inland Sea and Miyazu Bay)

Amanohashidate became popular for its unique viewing method. Called "Mata-nozoki," if you bend over and look back at the land bridge between your legs at Amanohashidate Viewland it's as though the sky and sea are flipped. The sandbar is said to resemble a dragon dancing in the sky, hence its nickname "Hiryu-kan" (飛龍観, lit "View of the Flying Dragon").

Amanohashidate Viewland is an amusement park located at the top of Mt. Monju, with a viewing platform that allows visitors to see Amanohashidate from the South. The park has various attractions such as a Ferris Wheel and a cycle monorail, and is popular with people of all ages. It's also a popular spot for tourists to take Instagram photos.

Amanohashidate Winter Sightseeing Spots

Image of Hiryukan at Amanohashidate, Kyoto
Photo:Hiryukan at Amanohashidate, Kyoto

One of the top winter attractions at Amanohashidate is "Gensetsu no Hiryu-kan."
[Video] 0:52 - Aerial Footage of Gensetsu no Hiryu-kan

The upside-down viewing at Amanohashidate, which appears as if the sky and earth have reversed and a dragon is rising to the heavens, is referred to as Hiryu-kan. During the winter when it snows, this phenomenon is called "Gensetsu no Hiryu-kan" (幻雪の飛龍観, lit. Magical Snow View of the Flying Dragon). When Amanohashidate is covered in snow, Hiryu-kan takes on an even more fantastical appearance, resembling a white dragon. However, this breathtaking view can only be seen when it's snowing as even the sun's rays melt the snow.

One winter tourist attraction in the Amanohashidate area is the Kyoto Tango Railway. "Ke-arashi," another popular winter phenomenon, is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the air near the water's surface rapidly cools during the cold early morning. Therefore, if the conditions are not perfect, it cannot be seen. However, the sight of mist rising up from the surface of the water from the Kyoto Tango Railway is breathtaking. This line crosses the bridge over the Yura River, which is approximately 550m wide. It's definitely worth waking up early to see it, so if you visit Miyazu definitely consider setting your alarm, as it's also great for taking Instagram photos.

Things to Keep in Mind When Traveling to Amanohashidate in Winter

To access Amanohashidate by public transportation, you can take the Sanyo Main Line from Osaka Station and arrive in about 2-3 hours. On the other hand, if you're driving to Amanohashidate in the winter, it's necessary to use winter tires even if it is not snowing at the time of your departure.

One thing to be particularly careful of when driving in the winter is icy road conditions. Even if the surface melts and becomes wet as the temperature and sun rise, there can still be ice underneath, which can cause you to lose control of your vehicle. When driving in low temperatures and when snow is falling during the winter months, drivers should take extra precautions, such as keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. It may also be a good idea to carry tire chains and shovels in the case of an emergency.

When Is the Best Season to Visit Amanohashidate?

Image of spring at Amanohashidate
Photo:Spring at Amanohashidate

Amanohashidate has different attractions in each of Japan's 4 seasons.

Cherry blossoms are a hallmark of Japanese spring, and Amanohashidate is no exception. From Amanohashidate Viewland on top of Mt. Monju (130 meters high), the unique views of Hiryu-kan, combined with cherry blossoms, the sea, and pine forests, create a view that is beyond words.

Looking up at the beautiful Amanohashidate while enjoying a seaside swim is the ultimate summer activity. Tango Yura Beach (丹後由良海水浴場, Tango Yura Kaisui Yokujo) at Amanohashidate is a popular beach for families. The water is also clean, and after enjoying the calm waves, you can relax in the shade of the pine trees. On the way back from the beach, it's also worth visiting the hot spring "Chie no Yu" in Amanohashidate.

The autumn leaves around Amanohashidate start to change color in late October, and the best time to view them is from late November to early December. It's expected to be quite crowded when the autumn leaves are in season. One recommended activity is "Park & Cruise" in Miyazu Bay. It's a convenient sightseeing boat that is a 3-minute walk from the Roadside Station's multi-level car parking lot to Miyazu Pier. The sightseeing boat is convenient for those arriving by car and goes via Amanohashidate to Ichinomiya, where Kasamatsu Park (overlooking Amanohashidate) is located. The boat is available during the autumn foliage season and can also be used to avoid the crowds.

As previously mentioned, Amanohashidate becomes even more charming during winter. You can enjoy the ethereal snowy scenery and fantastic views.

Amanohashidate and the surrounding spots and activities have different charms in spring, summer, fall, and winter. Discover your favorite season by visiting Amanohashidate for yourself!

Summary of Winter Sightseeing at Amanohashidate

The scenic Amanohashidate is a popular tourist attraction with many famous temples in the surrounding area. There are regular hotels and hot spring hotels that offer seasonal plans to suit your needs. The region is also known for its delicious food. Visitors are advised to make reservations early for their preferred season to fully enjoy their trip to Amanohashidate in Miyazu, Kyoto.


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Last Updated : Feb. 4, 2023
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