One of the three most famous scenic places in Japan, 360 degrees view of ‘Amano-Hashidate’.
Text : Yumi Oki
There is a famous song by Koshikibu no Naishi in the Ogura Hyakunin Isshu, ‘Oeyama Ikunonomichi no tookereba mada fumi mo miss amino hashidate (Mt. Oe and the road that goes to Ikuno are far away. so I have neither seen a letter from, nor travelled by foot there to Amano hashidate.) Along the side of Matsushima and Miyajima, this is well-know as the three great views of Japan and has deep history back to the mythological age.
‘Kaminoyoni kaminotooishi atonareya kumoini tuzuku amano-hashidate.’ old song by Harumi. It means that there is a huge ladder that the male god, Izanagi, from above uses to see the female god, Izanami, on the ground. One night it falls down and it becomes Amano-Hashidate.
Actually, it is just a scenic view that nature has created for a long time, but it is very mysterious view that the beautiful green pine forest floating around Yosano-umi, Aso and Miyazu Bay.
Now, which part would be the best to see all of it? The most famous place to see is called ‘Matanozoki (Naname Ichimonji)’ and it is a view from a northern part of Kasamatsu Park. It is also called ‘Shoryukan’ that people see it as the dragon climbing up to the sky. Matanozoki means that when you take a look at the scenery through between your legs bending your heads down, you are able to see the sea as the sky and all these pine trees looks like a ladder to the heaven. This is why the name is called ‘Amano-Hashidate’.
The second famous view is called ‘Hiryukan’ which has a dynamic view from Amano-Hahidate view land. On the contrary of Matanozoki, it is a view from a southern part of Mt. Monjusan peak toward a northern side and you can see it as the dragon also climbing up to the sky as well. These dynamic view of pine trees are amazing. In order to go to Amano-Hashidate view land, you need to take a lift or cable car to get there.
To see the view from east toward the west, ‘Sesshukan’, is well-known that ‘Amano-Hashidate zu’ by Sesshu and the view is from Inariyama-jinja Shrine. The sky, mountain, and sea, at the center of all these nature, you can see Amano-Hashidate subtly and it is so beautiful that you can tell why famous ink-wash painter, Sesshu, needed to paint it.
Last one is called ‘Ichijikan’, a view from the west toward east. The view is seen as in a straight line and it has a great harmony with a front view of Aso-kai (Aso sea) and back view with the sky. Sunset and night view is also incredibly beautiful.
If you would like to enjoy fully of its scenery and also a special dish in its area, then there is a place called ‘Hashidate Daimaru’ that you can visit.
Hadhidate Daimaru has each place for ‘Matanozokikan’, a northern part of Kasamatsu Park, ‘Hiryukan’ and a southern part of Mt. Monjusan. It is a convenient place to see Amano-Hashidate from every seat in their restaurants and also you can have a speciality of Tango area as your souvenir. Chieno Monshudo and Moto Isekono-jinja Shrine can be reached from each place by walking.
My recommendation is to have a rental cycle to ride through a pine forest in Amano-Hashidate. Starting from Kaisen Kyo Bridge, and passing Hinode Kyo Bridge and then ride through a row of pine trees. Feeling a breeze of Aso-Kai and Miyazu Bay, you can visit Kumoino-matsu, Hagoromono-matsu, and Sesshuno-matsu easily.
Finally, you watch the superb view of Amano-Hashidate at the seaside center restaurant and taste the fresh seafoods from the sea of Japan with a winter snow crab. I would like you to see the scenery itself with your own eyes, the great view of Amano-Hashidate which has fascinated us since the mythological age.
ADDRESS : Amano-Hashidate Matsuno-hama, Nagano, Miyazu City, Kyoto (MAP)
PHONE : +81(0)772-27-1313
HOURS : 8:30 a.m. ~ 5:00 p.m.
★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature