Amanohashidate, Kyoto Prefecture ー It has been quite some time since my last blog post. Things have been very busy here between exams, winter holidays, and university applications. It’s hard to believe that it is already 2018 – Happy New Year – and that there are only a couple months left in the prep year. I have a lot of things to write about now, so I thought I would get started with a post about a little weekend trip I made to Amanohashidate, Kyoto.

Amanohashidate is located on the coastal region of northern Kyoto, roughly 2.5 hours away from central Osaka. It is known as one of the “Three Views of Japan” and is said to look like a pathway between heaven and earth. We stayed in the nearby town of Miyazu in an old ryokan (Japanese-style inn) which was a 30-minute walk along the ocean from the main tourist centre.


We made our way down the main touristy streets, stopping occasionally to pick at some food samples. We then crossed the bridge and trekked across the 3 km sand bar. Unfortunately it started raining, but that didn’t stop us from making it to Kasamatsu Park where we took a cable car up to the lookout.

Apparently by looking at the sand bar upside down, you’re able to see the pathway to heaven!

We decided to spare our feet the pain of more walking and took the ferry back to the other side of the sand bar. We couldn’t have had better timing because we pushed away from the docks just as the sun was setting over the ocean. When the boat arrived, we realized that the small tourist town shuts down at 5 o’clock and had some trouble finding a restaurant for dinner!


On the second day, we woke up early and made our way to Kanabiki Waterfall, a 15-minute walk from the ryokan. The waterfall is surrounded by a forest and was a really peaceful place to walk around after such a hectic month of exams and university applications.


To end the trip, we stopped for lunch at a soba restaurant where you could watch the chef make the noodles right in front of you. The soba was accompanied by tempura with red-wine infused salt (I can think of a few readers who would have enjoyed it…).


Stayed tuned for more blog posts within the next couple of weeks as I catch up on my adventures from the past 2 months! Thanks for reading!


  1. Loved your blog and the pictures of Kyoto, can’t pronounce the name of the city, or spell it either. You didn’t say if you saw the stairway to heaven looking upside down. Thank you for the adventure we can experience through your eyes Zac. Going to visit with your Mom and Dad and your gramps tonight. Lots of fun to be had. The Brewers


  2. Your pictures are spectacular Zack! Thanks so much for making time to post. Thought about you this weekend while we were at the Ecology Centre in Mattawa… Hoping to increase the profile of YE at District conference so that more clubs get involved and so that we can re-engage with Asian countries, specifically Japan! I’m thrilled to see that you’re making the best of your time there (and taking great food pictures – if only i was there to try them myself! :))


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