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Japanese Top 3 Great Sceneries~ Amanohashidate ~

Japanese Top 3 Gorgeous Sceneries - Amanohashidate -

Can you name the “Top 3  beautiful sceneries” in Japan?

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The answer is…

1. Matsushima:  Miyagi prefecture

2. Itsukushima-Shrine: Hiroshima prefecture

>> 3. Amanohashidate: Kyoto prefecture <<

In order to visit the Amanohashidate, it takes about two hours by rapid train from the Kyoto station. This blue train is called “Kyoto Tango Railway”, which only comes about once half an hour… Quite different from the the railway system inside of Kyoto city, isn’t it?

Let’s check out the Amanohashidate on a google map!

As you see on the map above, the Amanohashidate is an island that bridges the Southern side and the Northern side of the main land together, therefore you will be able to see it from both sides. The place of the Northern side is called “Kasamatsu Park”, and the one on the Southern side is called the “Amanohashidate view land”!

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In order to climb up to the “Amanohashidate view land”, we will take a short trip up the hill using a lift like this picture above!

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Here we come, “The Amanohashidate View Land” (↑What it says on the picture.)

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There you go! This is one of the top three beautiful sceneries of Japan! Amanohashidate is filled with bunch of pine trees.

Famous “Matanozoki” viewing

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Please put this on your “must to do” lists at Amanohashidate! It’s a famous attraction to see the Amanohashidate with this posture through your groin(upside down). Since the view resembles a dragon (the Amanohashidate) rising up to the sky, it’s named “Hiryukan” (飛龍観).

Sunset

As you wait for a lift on your way down, you might be able to see a heart-warming sunset view of  “Amanohashidate”. Highly recommended to visit during the evening despite of the heavy crowd! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Japan!

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BIG 3 Famous Sake Places in Japan

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Have you seen this picture?

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You may have seen this picture of torii (red gates) at least once when you search for the sightseeing spots in Kyoto. So, this is “Fushimi-Inari shrine” located in Fushimi area, which is southern part of Kyoto prefecture.

But, Fushimi is not just a place for “Fushimi-Inari shrine.

….. So, what? It’s a SAKE! (Japanese rice wine) 

“Nada” area from Hyogo prefecture, “Saijyo” area from Hiroshima prefecture and “Fushimi” area from Kyoto prefecture are called “BIG 3 famous Sake place”! With this prestigious name, there are 24 local sake breweries just within the Fushimi area.

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One of the important factors for tasty sake is “water”.

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About 80% of a bottle of sake is made of water. Fushimi-area is surrounded by three rivers, Katsura-gawa, Kamo-gawa and Uji-gawa. Such a good quality of water since Yayoi-era has been used to brew great sake.

“Rice” is also an essential ingredient for sake.

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Japanese sake is made by fermenting sake rice. “Iwai” is a Kyoto’s  locally cultivated sake rice coming from Tango and Tamba area (Northern part of Kyoto). This sake rice is a perfect suit for Ginjo sake (milled to 60%).

 

So, here is a “must visit” sake brewery in Fushimi.

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At “Gekkeikan Ohkura memorial brewery”, you will be able to learn the process of sake brewing in Fushimi and a history of Japanese sake.

Guess what?

There will be a sake tasting after the visit! Hope you will enjoy a cultural experience and tasty sake after all!

 

Gekkeikan Ohkura Memorial Brewery 

Address: 〒612-8660 247 banchi, Minamihama-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto

Number: TEL 075-623-2056 FAX 075-612-7571

Opening Hours:9:30AM ~ 4:30PM

Closing season: Obon season, New Years

Entrance free:Adults=300 yen 、Junior high & High school Students=100 yen
With Souvenirs:Junmai Sake (180ml) one bottle (For minors: Gekkeikan Ohkura Memorial Brewery Post Card )

Web site:http://www.gekkeikan.co.jp/enjoy/museum/index.html

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