The three most scenic spots in Japan

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Hello, it’s Yuko.

I visited to Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures with my family the other day. Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures have beautiful scenery and many delicious foods. We enjoyed a beautiful place called Matsushima, where there are many islands in the sea.

There are many scenic spots in Japan. Today I would like to introduce “The three most scenic spots in Japan”.

What is the three most scenic spots in Japan

The three most scenic spots in Japan are the most representative views of Japan which is surrounded by the sea. They are “Matsushima” in Miyagi prefecture, “Amano hashidate” in Kyoto prefecture, and “Aki no Miyajima” in Hiroshima prefecture.

These three scenic spots were designated as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan in the early Edo period.

Since then, it has been loved by many people. Let’s see them in order.

Matsushima – Miyagi

What is about Matsushima

The first is Matsushima, which I just traveled to the other day.
It can be seen from any of the north, south, east, and west, and about 260 islands are very beautiful scenic spots.

I have visited Matsushima three times. Unfortunately this visit was rainy (for the first time in three times), but the rainy Matsushima was also very beautiful.

It is said that Basho Matsuo, a poet from the Edo period, visited Matsushima and lost his word for its beauty, and wrote a haiku saying, “Matsushima, ah Matsushima. Ah Matsushima…” When this haiku is translated into modern language, it becomes “What should I express the place called Matsushima … Really Matsushima …”, which conveys how the author’s words do not appear in such a superb view.

Matsushima is also famous for the moon, and Einstein, who is famous for the theory of relativity, also visited Matsushima to see the moon.

There are sightseeing boats in Matsushima where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, so please take a boat and enjoy the scenery.

Matsushima is also famous for oyster farming. There is an all-you-can-eat restaurant for raw and grilled oysters. If you like oysters, I highly recommend! (Of course I ate oysters on this trip. It was delicious!)


  • Address: 98-1 Chonai, Matsushima-cho, Matsushima-cho, Miyagi-gun, Miyagi Prefecture
  • Access:
    • Train – JR Sengoku Line Matsushima Kaigan Station (40 minutes from Sendai Station to Matsushima Kaigan Station) / JR Tohoku Main Line Matsushima Station (24 minutes from Sendai Station to Matsushima Station. 25 minutes walk to the center of sightseeing)
    • Car – Approximately 5 minutes from Matsushima Kaigan IC on the Sanriku Expressway / Approximately 30 minutes from Taiwa IC on the Tohoku Expressway
  • Pleasure boat : Adults (junior high school students and above) 1,500 yen / Children (elementary school students) 750 yen / Toddlers free (

Amano hashidate – Kyoto

What is about Amano hashidate

Next is Amano hashidate. Since it is located in Kyoto Prefecture, it may be the most accessible place for those who live in Kansai area among the three most scenic spots in Japan. (However, Kyoto Prefecture is long from north to south, and Amano hashidate is in the north, so it will take some time!)

It is a rare terrain with about 5,000 pine trees on a sandbar with a width of about 20 to 170 m and a total length of about 3.6 km. And it has a very mysterious shape created by nature over thousands of years.

Amano hashidate is called “Hiryukan” 飛龍観. 飛 means flying, 龍 means dragon, and 観 scene. Its shape looks like a dragon flying in the heavens.

In addition to the view from the observatory, you can also walk in Amano hashidate or ride a bicycle or boat to enjoy Amano hashidate.
(By the way, if you walk across Amano hashidate, it takes about 50 minutes one way and about 20 minutes by bicycle.)


  • Address : Tango-Amanohashi Park, Miyazu City, Kyoto Prefecture
  • Access
    • Train – 5 minutes walk from Amanohashidate Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway
    • Car – Approximately 10 minutes from Miyazu Amanohashidate IC on the Kyoto Jukan Expressway

Aki no Miyajima – Hiroshima

The last one is Miyajima. (The only one spot that I haven’t visited yet!)

Unlike the other spots in Japan, Miyajima is a beautiful landscape that harmonizes with buildings made by people such as shrines.

It features a landscape that integrates the buildings on the sea and the nature behind it, which is rare in the world. This shrine is called Itsukushima Shrine. You can enjoy different scenery depending on the ebb and flow of the sea.

In addition, Otorii (the large torii) that stands in the sea can be walked through only at low tide.
However, since more than 140 years have passed since the Otorii was built and it has been damaged and deteriorated, a large-scale preservation and repair work has been carried out since June 2019.
Therefore, the torii cannot been seen now.

In Miyajima, there are deer as well as Nara. Deer are said to be messengers of God, and about 500 deer live there.

Miyajima is also famous for oysters like Matsushima. Besides oysters, conger eels are also famous.
When you go to Miyajima, please enjoy the delicious seafood.


  • Address : 1-1 Miyajima-cho, Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima
  • Access :
    • Train – 5 minutes walk from JR Miyajimaguchi, 10 minutes by ferry / 1 minute walk from Hiroshima Electric Railway Miyajimaguchi, 10 minutes by ferry
    • Car – Approximately 10 minutes from Ono IC / Hatsukaichi IC, transfer to ferry for approximately 10 minutes

Enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Have you visited one of the three most scenic spots in Japan? All three spots are very beautiful scenery where the sea and greenery are in harmony. Please enjoy the scenery and enjoy nature.
(And I want to go to Miyajima someday and complete it!)


  1. Oxana says:

    Thank you for a very interesting article!! One of the first spot we visited in Japan when we arrived was Miyajima!!! We simply loved this place!!!

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