JDF JapanDefenseFocus No.59

~Scenery of Japan~ Amanohashidate


Amanohashidate, loosely translated to a bridge to the sky or heaven, is a 3.6km long sandbank located in the Wakasa Bay in northern Kyoto Prefecture, dividing the inlet into the east and west. According to a myth, a ladder standing on the earth to the heaven fell over when god was asleep, and then formed a current sandbar in the bay. It is one of the designated Special Places of Scenic Beauty in Japan, and is celebrated as one of the three most scenic views in Japan along with Matsushima in Miyagi Prefecture and Miyajima in Hiroshima Prefecture. With approx. 8,000 pine trees and a tender white sand beach spreading on the east side of the bank, this landmark has been long beloved for its picturesque scenery and often depicted in many poems and paintings.

Facing the same Wakasa Bay is the MSDF Maizuru District. Every year, members of the MSDF Maizuru Training Center take part in cleanups on Amanohashidate and contribute to preservation of the beautiful landscape.

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