Amanohashidate, 1 of Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan and its 8 Sightseeing Highlights
So in this article, we introduce the highlights of one of Three Most Scenic Spots of Japan, the Amanohashidate. We show you the 4 distinctive views from North, East, South and West as well as recommended sightseeing destinations for each of the 4 districts.
Hiryukan (View of the Flying Dragon): View from the South
1. Amanohashidate View Land
The Amanohashidate View Land is an observatory and amusement park that offers a view of the Amanohashidate. If you walk through the path that was inspired by a dragon, you feel like you are almost taking a walk mid-air. The Matanozoki-dai here is famous, as the name matanozoki (looking through the legs), you get a view of the Amanohashidate from in between your legs. It gives you a different perspective as you will see the ocean and the sky reversed. Go ahead and compare the different views.
2. Chion-ji Temple
Tahoto Pagoda (多宝塔), https://www.flickr.com
There is a saying in Japanese “San nin yoreba Monju no chie”, similar to the saying “two heads are better than one”, it means three people together can be as wise as Monju. The Chion-ji is a temple dedicated to this Monju Bosatsu (Bodhisattva). Many people studying for entrance exams for higher education visit this temple to pray for good results.
3. Chie no Wa Toro (The Circular Lantern of Wisdom)
4. Kaisenkyo Bridge
The Kaisenkyo Bridge was built in 1923. It is famous as a unique bridge that turns 90 degrees each time a ship passes. It is a place that is ideal more so for video than for photo. In the past, it was operated manually but became automated in 1960 because of the increased number of ships making it too laborious.
5. Chie no Yu (The Hot Springs of Wisdom)
Shoryukan (View of the Rising Dragon): View from the North
The view of Amanohashidate from Kasamatsu Park, located on the opposite shore of Amanohashidate View Land is also compared to a dragon. It is called Shoryukan or the view of the rising dragon. It is also given a separate name “naname ichimonji”, meaning the kanji character for the number 1 (一) written diagonally. This place also sees a lot of cherry blossoms come in the spring.
6. Nariai-ji Temple
When you climb up Nariai Mountain from the Kasamatsu Park, there is the Nariai-ji Temple with many strange stories associated with it. A particularly famous story is that of the Migawari Kannon (Sacrificial Goddess of Mercy), which is quite a long story…but anyways, it is a temple that is said to grant your wishes. The beautiful 5 story pagoda is also a sight worth seeing.
7. Moto Ise Kono Jinja Shrine
It is said that the deities that currently reside in the Ise Jingu shrine had relocated from this Moto Ise Kono Jinja Shrine and thus the birthplace of the deity of Ise. In the front of the main hall, there are the 5 colored Suetama which is only permitted to be worshipped here in Kono Jinja and the Ise Jingu.
Ichijikan: View from the West
The Amanohashidate seen from the Ichijikan Park, which is located on top of the mountain pass, Ouchi Toge, is called the Ichijikan (one letter view) as it is a line straight across and looks like the kanji for the number one (一). Another name is Yoko-ichi-moji (one horizontal character).
Sesshukan: View from the East
The Amanohashidate seen from the Sesshukan Observatory, which is located on top of the mountain pass, Kunda Toge. This view is said to resemble the ink and wash painting of the Muromachi period master, Sesshu Toyo which gave the view its name Sesshukan.
8. Shishizaki Inari Jinja Shrine
To get to the Sesshukan Observatory, you climb up through these rows of impressive vermillion torii gates. These torii gates mark the entrance to Shishizaki Inari Jinja Shrine. Nearby, the bright pink Mitsuba Tsutsuji (Rhododendron dilatatum) flowers are in full bloom offering an astonishingly beautiful sight.
Hope you were able to learn the names and various scenic views of the Amanohashidate from the 4 directions? The places introduced in this article pretty much cover all the major sightseeing destinations nearby.