Home to the famous Amanohashidate Sandbar, Miyazu is one of the most scenic cities in Kyoto. From panoramic coastal views to fresh seafood and quaint fishing villages, Miyazi showcases mesmerizing Japanese culture and landscapes.
Things to do in Miyazu
For the best view of the Amanohashidate Sandbar, ride the chairlift to Amanohashidate View Land at the top of Mt. Monju. Located on the southern side of Miyazi Bay, the sandbank resembles a flying dragon from the observatory. On the northern side of the bay, you can take a monorail to Kasamatsu Park, where the sandbank resembles the Chinese character for “one”.
Stroll along the entire length of Amanohashidate Sandbar on the 3.5-kilometre-long trail. Afterward, cool down with a swim at one of the white-sand beaches that line the sandbar’s eastern coastline or take a sightseeing cruise for a closer look at the old river houses along Miyazu Bay.
Visit Chion-Ji Temple, home to one of Japan’s most prominent statues of Monju Bosatsu, the Buddhist god of wisdom and intellect. For good luck, purchase a fortune fan and hang it from one of the many pine trees surrounding the temple. Within the temple gardens, admire the Tohono-style Pagoda built during the 16th century.
Do you fancy yourself a wine connoisseur? Sample Miyazu’s local Seibel grape at Amanohashidate Winery. Tour the vineyard and underground cellar, then try their unique white wine ice cream before enjoying a sumptuous seafood lunch.
Getting around Miyazu
Miyazu is accessible by train or bus, with Kyoto about two hours away. Osaka International Airport is 2.5 hours away by bus and train. Once in Miyazu, walking, cycling and scenic boat rides are popular ways to explore.