Amanohashidate ("Standing bridge to heaven") and Itsukushima became two of the three celebrated beauty spots of Japan in the Edo period. Amanohashidate, located in Miyazu Bay on the Japan Sea, forty-five miles northwest of Kyoto, is a two-mile sandbar with pine trees. In paintings it is always paired with the Zen temple Chionji, with its octagonal Monjudo hall, a popular pilgrimage site since medieval times.
Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island in the Inland Sea was first built in the 12th century and renovated in the mid-1400s. Access to the shrine was by sea from Hiroshima Bay; pilgrims arrived by boat at high tide passing under the large Shinto gate standing in front of the shrine. The small village of Ari no Ura is shown to the left.