January 19, 2017 8:12 pm | Jellyfish Education Consultancy
From the words “Matsu” (pine) and “Shima” (island), it is indeed a natural beauty. Yet, in all its complex configuration of black and red pines in its 260 islands, tourists still come flocking all year round to be lost and mesmerized in its majesty. A natural park of the Miyagi Prefecture, the islands spread out for a few kilometers, giving you a fantastic view of the peaceful inland sea.
The Matsushima Islands have been greatly affected by the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country last 2011. Only several rock formations collapsed but the beauty of the islands was kept intact, considering that Matsushima was near the epicenter. And remarkably, the islands were known to have prevented more damage to the coastal area.
A weekend cruise shall let you see the Matsushima islands up close and experience its timeless beauty. It surely is a tour you shouldn’t miss while you’re in Japan!
Now, if you’ve seen quite a handful of anime, you’re probably already familiar with Miyajima island. It’s also called Itsukushima and is considered to be the island where the gods dwell. Its most iconic attraction? The Itsukushima Shrine—best known for its floating Torii gate—a World Heritage site.
Surrounding areas are filled with temples and shrines, letting visitors feel the serenity of the place. There are many hiking trails for those looking for an adventure, and walking around the landscape can provide some sort of enlightenment for those on a vacation, away from their daily urban life. And from the summit of Mount Misen, you get to have a panoramic view of MIyajima. Plus, an overnight stay would surely pay off as the traditional Japanese-style inns and hotels seem very inviting.
Miyajima has seen wars and calamities. Nonetheless, the shrine has been rebuilt time and again, stronger at each time, and still stands as a major manifestation of Shinto faith—Japan’s major religion alongside Buddhism.
If you have not yet stepped foot on a sand bar, and have yet to see one in real life, it’s about time you do! And no, it’s not a bar where you can have drinks with friends. It’s a work of art, handcrafted by Mother Nature herself. A sand bar, also called a shoal, is a strip of land form that’s usually composed of sand and silt that extends over a body of water.
Just in the Northern part of the Kyoto Prefecture lies one of the most pristine scenic views of the world—the Amanohashidate. The name translates to “bridge in heaven,” and the real thing does not disappoint. It’s a very beautiful sand bar that spans to about 3.6 kilometers across the Miyazu Bay. Within the vicinity are various spots that should be every tourist’s delight.
You can walk it all the way to the other end. You can rent a bike and take a slow tour, exploring its corners. You can ride a boat and take a relaxing cruise. All in all, it makes a great immersion to Japanese heritage.
It won’t hurt to take a detour every now and then when you’re studying Nihongo in Japan. After all, there are too many sights to behold, and experiencing their beauty first hand may only come once in a lifetime—all the more reason to go there! You may even want to form an excursion plan with us. Just contact us today and we’ll gladly assist you.
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