On the third day in Kyoto by the Sea, went to Amanohashidate. This rare and beautiful landform was created over time by the collision of sand brought to Miyazu Bay from the open sea by Tsushima Current and sediment from Noda River flowing into Aso Sea, the inland sea. About 3.6 km long and 20 to 170 m wide, with about 8,000 pine trees of various sizes growing thickly. According to the mythology, the "divine floating bridge" used by Izanagi, the male deity giving a birth of the country, to meet Izanami, the female deity on land, collapsed and became Amanohashidate while Izanagi took a nap one day.
"Amanohashidate Winery" facing the Aso Sea. Unfortunately, it was closed on weekends due to a state of emergency.
Across the street is a vineyard.
A view of Amanohashidate from Mt. Nariaizan Panorama Observatory after climbing a steep slope. It is located about 500m high, almost same as Mt. Moiwa. On a clear day, can see as far as the Noto Peninsula and Mt. Hakusan, and is said "the best panoramic observatory in Japan. It is said beautiful in all four seasons.
A distant view of Miyazu Bay. On the other side is the military port of Maizuru.
"Nariaiji" Temple is located on a mountainside. The temple was founded in 704 during the Asuka period. Was an ancient Japanese mountain religion, and is now the Hashidate Shingon sect. It is said to be built at the imperial request of Emperor Monmu or by Prince Shotoku before that. In the Asuka period, there was a large city here for trades with the continent.
"Former Ise Kono Shrine" is located in front of the northern entrance to Amanohashidate. Amanohashidate is said it was an entrance approach to the shrine. Amaterasu stayed here for several decades before moving to Ise.
The inner shrine, "Manai Shrine", is about a five-minute walk from Kono Shrine and is dedicated to Toyouke no Mikoto. He stayed here for a while before moving to Ise. Many people came to get sacred water from "Manai Water of Heaven. The air was fresh and clean, similar to the Ise Shrine. Very glad to came.
About 30 km from Amanohashidate, went to "Former Ise Geku Toyouke Shrine " in Fukuchiyama, Kyoto in forests. It is said that Amaterasu and Toyouke moved here from Kasanuinuma and stayed here for a few years. The history in the age of the gods has many interesting theories.
"Former Ise Naiku Imperial Shrine". Ttired from the many stairs, but climbed up and visited the main shrine, which was divine, and felt completely refreshed.
The trip to Kyoto by the Sea and Kyoto in Forest was a journey through Japanese mythology.
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