Japan is surely understood for the “Three views of Japan”. The three most beautiful scenic beauties of Japan are Itsukushima Shrine, which is a religious and Holy Shrine in water located at the Miyajima Island. The second is Matsushima which is located in Miyagi and it is a hub of 260 islands with pine trees. The third being Amanohashidate which is situated on Miyazu Bay. It is a thin strip of lands opposing each other. These are the must visiting sites in Japan.
Three views of Japan
- Itsukushima Shrine
Itsukushima Shrine is a Shinto shrine of Japanese. It is situated on the Miyajima Island. Itsukushima Shinto shrine is regarded as one of the oldest and most vulnerable shrine of Japan. The Shrine is regarded as one of the Wonders of the world. It is also listed in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites. The shrine is also ranked as one of the Three views of Japan. Apart from all this, the Itsukushima Shrine is also designated as National Treasure by the Government of Japan.
The shrine is built on a pier like bay. There are two vertical pillars and a horizontal lintel which is lying over the vertical pillars. The other buildings are made with white and red marble. They are constructed on a wooden pile on a bay that seems to be floating on the surface of water. Hence the outlines of the shrine are reflected on the water. Behind the shrine are the Miyajima Mountains.
Major tourist attractions at the shrine are Noh theatre, Torii gate, Itsukushima Shrine, Itsukushima Museum, a five story Pagoda, a Museum, an earthquake proof building, Miyajima island monuments, Miyajima Mountain Scenic beauty, Mount Misen and Sukkeien Garden.
Matsushima is regarded as one the three most attractive views of Japan. Matsushima is a group of Islands which are located in Miyagi Prefecture in Japan. There are around 260 tiny islands in the Matsushima are which are covered with pines. It is ranked as one of the Three views of Japan to be seen. Every year the site is visited by a very large number of domestic as well as International Visitors.
There are four well known spots at Matsushima that must be viewed by the tourists and the visitors. The Magnificent view is the view from Otakamori, the second is the beautiful view is from the view from Toyama; the third is the enchanting view from Ogidani and the last being the Grand view which is the view from Tamonson.
Tourists and visitors at Matsushima can see the islands from the top of the ship or cruise. The Matsushima town is located at a distance of 30 minutes from the capital Sendai. It is easily accessible by train.
Amanohashidate is also ranked as one of the three Scenic beauty views in Japan. It is located on Kyoto Prefecture. The sandbar is situated on Miyazu Bay. Amanohashidate is also a part of Tango-Amanohashidate-Ōeyama Quasi-National Park. The park and site both are visited by a large number of tourists every year.
Basically it is a strip of thin lands which are two opposing and opposite sides of the Miyazu Bay. The sandbar is about 3.3 kilometers long and the sand bar is covered with 7000 pine trees. The site is visible from the both sides of the Miyazu Bay. There is a small Buddhist temple on the southern side of the beautiful site. On the sand bar, there is Isoshimizu fresh water which is well cherished and well known to be fresh since Heian Period.
The site is also listed and selected as the one of the top 100 best spring and rivers in Japan. The site had been selected by the Japan Environmental Agency in 1985.