These Are the Most Amazing Sightseeing Spots in Kyoto, According to a Travel Magazine

Here's your guide for when to visit them!

Kansai Walker
, a popular travel magazine in Kansai, recently conducted a survey among its readers to find out the Most Amazing Summer Views in Kyoto. You’ll be surprised to know how much more there is to be seen in the area—from beautiful beaches, magnificent mountains, and mysterious caves.

Check them out below!


is a sandy beach located at Miyazu Bay in the Sea of Japan. It spans about 20 to 170 meters wide and 3.6 kilometers long. The beach, which is primarily made of sea caverns, was named as such because it looked like a bridge over the sky (Ama means sky, and hashi means bridge in Japanese). 

If you take a walk from
Amanohashidate Park, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery from different angles, as well as, the view from the surrounding observation areas. 

The amazing view from Amanohashidate View Land at the south of Amanohashidate Park.

The beautiful row of pine trees that can be seen from this vantage point is called
Hiryuukan. It was given this name because it looked like a dragon rising to the sky. 

Mata-nozoki is a viewing platform from which you can admire Amanohashidate.  

Since ancient times, the
Kasamatsu Park, which is located on the north of Amanohashidate Park, shares the same stunning view of Amanohashidate. At  Mata-Nozoki, you can try peeping in-between your legs to glimpse the bridge of trees floating above the heavens.

Walk through 5,000 pine trees at Amanohashidate Park.

Amanohashidate looks beautiful no matter what time of day it is. Whether you visit the place in the morning, during sunset, or at nighttime, a wonderful scenery awaits you.

Amanohashidate is located at Amanohashidate Park, Monju, Miyazu City, Kyoto. It is accessible any time of the day. You may contact the Amanohashidate Tourism Committee at +81-7772-22-8030. It is 10 minutes away by car from Kyoto Jukan Expressway Miyazu-Amanohashidate Interchange. 

Ao no Dokutsu

Sanin Coast is a scenic spot certified by UNESCO. As part of the Kyotango Ryugu Project, you can tour around Sanin Geopark using a fishing boat called Tobimaru Taxi. With the Ao no Dokutsu and Ai no Dokutsu Plan (literally meaning Blue Cave and Love Cave Plan), you can go inside a mysterious cave and admire the deep blue atmosphere created by the reflection of the sun on the seabed. 

Inside the mysterious cave, the light moves together with the waves. 

Once your inside, you'll immediately feel the cave's cool atmosphere. 


Staying guests are prioritized in the Ao no Dokotsu and Ai no Dokutsu Plan. We recommend you avail of this plan when using their accommodation. 

Inuga Cave is one of the most famous spots in the Sea of Japan. The Ao no Dokutsu or Blue Cave is under this rock mountain.

The best time to visit
Ao no Dokutsu is on a sunny and clear day. Make sure to check the departure time when making a reservation, as it changes everyday!  

Ao no Dokutsu
is located next to Takeno Beach, Takeno, Tango-cho, Kyotango, Kyoto. It is accessible from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Reservation is required.) The place is closed during stormy weather. You may contact the Umibe no Umashiyado Totoya/ Kyotango Ryugu Project at +81-772-75-2639. Fees for the boat ride are ¥10,000 for 2 persons and ¥4,000 each person with groups of 3 or more. It is 40 minutes by car on the Miyazu Yosho-doro Kyotango Omiya Interchange. 

Hozugawa River

is a popular sightseeing spot in Kyoto. At the Hozugawa River, you can enjoy a 16-kilometer boat ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama for 120 minutes. This trip lets you see the beauty of the green valleys and experience the thrill of riding the torrents. The elegance of Arashiyama is a nice contrast to this exhilarating outdoor activity.

Go down one of Kyoto’s most beautiful valleys.

Reservations are possible for groups of 10 or more. However, individual tickets are sold on the day of the trip. Be sure to call ahead if you're planning to bring your family or whole barkada. 

See the river's rough stones and uniquely-shaped rocks up close! 

You won't have to worry about your boat crashing since the captain knows how to expertly navigate around the large rocks. 

The best time to enjoy the
Hozugawa River Boat Ride is any time of the day. Although the valleys are always beautiful, you can admire them in their deep green splendor during the summer. 

Hozugawa River is located at 2 Shimo-Nakajima, Hozu-cho, Kameoka City, Kyoto. Timeslots are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every hour on the dot, with the last departure from 3:30 p.m. Schedules vary on weekends and Japanese holidays. You may contact them at +81-771-22-5846. The charge is ¥4,100 for adults. It is 10 minutes by car from the Kyoto Jukan Expressway Shino Interchange.


is a four-kilometer long ravine located on a high plateau along Sonobe River. This place is also a country-designated scenic spot. 


Rurikei is named after the deep bluish-purple gemstone, Lapiz Lazuli, when the mayor during the Meiji Era was impressed by its scenic beauty. If you're ever within the area, make sure to visit the
12 Scenic Spots of Rurikei, including Meibaku, which has a beautiful hiking scenery.  

Meibaku is named as such because the back of the waterfall is hollow and makes a sound. 

We recommend you enjoy the stunning scenery of the waterfalls from the rest area upfront. 

The best time to visit
Rurikei is in the morning or during sunset when the 12 Scenic Spots are at its best. Take note that it is dangerous to visit during the night as the place is usually completely dark. 

is located at the Rurikei Prefectural Natural Park, Okawauchi, Sonobe-cho, Nantan City, Kyoto. It is open at any time without any entrance fee. You may contact the Kyoto Nantan Civil Engineering Office at +81-771-62-0320. It is a 40-minute car ride from the Hanshin Expressway Ikeda Line Ikeda Kibe Second Exit.

Ine no Funaya Houses

is located at the northern end of the Tango Peninsula. Since ancient times, it has flourished as a fisherman town. 

Here, you'll find a good number of
Ine no Funaya Houses (literally meaning “boat houses of Ine”). These houses have a boatyard for their first floor and traditional rooms on their second floor. You can go fishing directly by the sea whenever you please at the boatyard. 

About 230 houses are lined up, for five kilometers, around
Ine Bay. These houses, when viewed together, look like a town floating on the sea. 

Funaya houses are lined up along the deep blue sea.

You can try staying at a Funaya and spend your time relaxing and listening to the waves.

The best time to view the Funaya houses is during the day or night. Either way, the sparkling emerald sea and nostalgic evening scene make the landscape even more spectacular. 

Ine no Funaya Houses are located at Hirata, Inemachi, Yosa District, Kyoto. The area is accessible anytime and does not require an entrance fee. You may contact the Ine-cho Tourism Committee at +81-772-32-0277. It is 35 minutes by car from the Kyoto Jukan Expressway Yoza-Amanohashidate Interchange. 

Kayabuki no Sato

Miyama, there are houses with what Japanese people would call kayabuki-yane or thatched-roof. Particularly at Kayabuki no Sato (Kitamura), plenty of thatched houses remain. 

Together with the scenery of the village in the mountain's foothills, the place is selected as one of the
Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings in Japan


Private houses with thatched roofs can be found at the mountain village.

You can take a slow stroll around the area, breathe in the clean air, listen to the songs of the birds, and admire the beautiful flowers. 

The best time to visit the
Kayabuki no Sato is anytime, since it is always beautiful. However, early mornings in the summer are especially lovely. If you stay at one of the Kayabuki no Sato houses, you might be able to catch this wonderful view in the morning. 

Kayabuki no Sato is located at Kita, Takano, Miyamacho, Nantan City, Kyoto. The area is accessible anytime and does not require any entrance free. You may contact the Nantan City Miyama Tourism City-Building Committee at +81-771-75-1906. It is 45 minutes by car on the Kyoto Jukan Expressway Sonobe Interchange.


Home to the sea, bay, mountains, temples, and shrines,
Yuhigaura, along Kumihama Bay, is called “God’s Miniature Garden.”

It is a popular beach during the summer and spans about six kilometers in length. 

As the name suggests,
Yuhi (meaning "sunset" in Japanese) is best viewed before sunset. 

The sunset at Yuhigaura colors the sky in a bright pink hue. The entire scene looks straight out of a fairytale. 

Don't forget to capture the moment when the sun sinks below the sea! 

Yuhigaura is located at Hamazume, Amino-cho, Kyotango City, Kyoto. The area is accessible anytime and does not require any entrance free. You may contact the Amino-cho Tourism Committee at +81-772-72-0900. It is 30 minutes by car from the Sanin Kinki Expressway Kyotango-Omiya Interchange.

Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (2 August 2019)

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