We were lucky enough this week to get away for an overnight trip to Amanohashidate in Northern Kyoto this week! My husband found us a greatly discounted hotel (thanks to off-season and low visitors, the hotel was glad to get some business!).
Amanohashidate is one of the three most beautiful views in Japan, and has been on my Bucket List for a few years now. This natural sandbar bridge spans the Miyazu Bay in Northern Kyoto, touching the Japan Sea side. Walking across it is about 40-50 minutes, we rented bikes, which still took us 40-50 minutes…
After a 3.5 hour drive through 4 prefectures (Wakayama, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto), starting in pouring rain, we arrived to mostly clear skies and a mostly empty hotel, yay! Our hotel plan didn’t include dinner, so we raided a local supermarket (hilariously named Mipple) and bought whatever we wanted (perfect!).
After checking out around 10:30 the next day, we headed off to find parking and rent some bikes to get around the bridge and different places we wanted to stop, picked up some onigiri and karaage for lunch on the beach. Bikes were 400 yen for the day, parking the car was 600 yen, very affordable for our little family.
On the opposite side of the bridge we stopped at the ChionJi Temple, which is celebrating their 1,300th year Anniversary, how cool, and old! No pictures were allowed on the premises, so I only managed a few. We all took a trip through the Ring of Sin Cleansing, in hopes of being cleaner..?? and then headed over to the lift up the nearby hill which is a popular spot for taking a panoramic photo of the bridge.
And towards the end we were pretty exhausted, we parked ourselves on the beach for 40 minutes, playing in sand and water, chilling, chasing crabs, finding driftwood. The last stop was the Isoshimizu Well, one of Japan’s 100 Important Water Spots. What makes it unique is that it is a freshwater well, located in the center of a salt-water bridge.
And so was our little getaway, something I really hope we can do more often, exploring other parts of the country and taking some time to just ‘be’.