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The Complete Guide to Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat

While it might sound rather obvious, when you visit Amanohashidate, boarding the sightseeing boat is highly recommended. Unless you dislike birds and don’t want them near you, you will enjoy your time on the Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat (天橋立観光船)! Not only can you see the famous sandbar from various angles, but the seagulls surrounding the boat are the highlight of the boat ride.

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Where to Board Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat

The Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat has three piers.

Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat Ichinomiya Pier

Two of the piers are in Amanohashidate, one on the north end and the other on the south. If you don’t want to travel through the 3.6km sandbar, hop on the sightseeing boat, and you will be at the other end in around 25 minutes!

Refer to the official website HERE for Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat’s timetable and ticket price. Most credit cards are accepted at the ticket office.

Because we came from Ine Bay, we boarded the boat from Ichinomiya Pier. Unlike the Amanohashidate Pier, it has a proper building. A couple of seats are available in the waiting area.

☛ If you have purchased a Kyoto Amanohashidate and Ine Sightseeing 2-day Pass or a Kyoto Amanohashidate Kasamatsu Sightseeing 2-day Pass, you can board the Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat as many times as you want!
☛ If you have the combo ticket for admission to both Amanohashidate View Land and Amanohashidate Kasamatsu Park, remember to show the ticket to the staff as you are getting your boat ticket for a discount. HERE is the website for the deal.

Amanohashidate Sightseeing Boat and the Seagulls

The item that many people would buy before boarding the boat is seagull’s feed (the last photo in the IG post). It is basically a packet of shrimp snacks. You can find the feed at the pier. If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to grab a pack, the feed is available for purchase in the cabin.

As you might be aware, birds are smart. So even before the boat departs, a couple of seagulls are already waiting around the boat!

Once the boat departs, more and more seagulls will surround you, looking for food. Most passengers who stand by the handrail will likely have a prawn snack between their fingers and extend their arms out to the birds, waiting for them to grab the snack from their hand!

As vegetarians, we were hesitant to purchase the feed. After all, they were made of prawns. Then, we saw a few sticks on the floor, and the birds didn’t notice them. So we picked them up and followed suit!

The seagulls weren’t only just interested in the prawn sticks but basically any food they could grab! The birds probably have never seen a crepe previously. But after they saw me eating the crepe from my hand, a couple of them started to follow me and wanted to get a taste of it!

Fortunately, the seagulls in Japan aren’t as aggressive as the ones in Sydney. Otherwise, they would have attacked the crepe before I even noticed them! (´▽`*).

Discover the Attractions in Amanohashidate

Click the photo to find out about other attractions in Amanohashidate!

Now you know how to travel from one end of Amanohashidate to the other, it is time to figure out what attractions you want to visit on the day!

Check out our article on Amanohashidate to find out what else you can do there and how the 5,000 pine trees can grow on the 3.6 km sandbar surrounded by seawater!

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