Amanohashidate, which means “Heaven’s bridge”, is one of the Three Views of Japan. The ancient inhabitants of this scenic length of the coast, fascinated by the shape of Amanohashidate land bridge, had a tale to explain where it came from. Up in the heavens, the gods and goddesses had made a ladder for their descents to earth. One night as they slept above the clouds, the ladder slid down to earth and became the land bridge.
From the high perspective of Genmyoan, Amanohashidate’s form is sinuous, like a thick snake—or dragon. Seeing it against the blue sea-water, our ancestors thought of a dragon in the sky, and so it is that the view of the land bridge from Mt. Genmyo was called the "Flying Dragon View." The guest rooms and baths at Genmyoan are very good vantage points for appreciating the view that evoked this image.
In spring this lodging serves icefish; summer’s menu features tori clams, autumn brings matsutake mushrooms, and winter of course is crab season. They prepare their noted Kyoto Kaiseki with the most flavorful ingredients for each season.
Each course that arrives in your room is worked up from scratch, using the finest ingredients.
With meals served in your room or in the banquet room, the grand view becomes part of your dining enjoyment. It adds pleasure to your bath as well, to look out from the piping hot water over the panorama of town, trees, mountains, and sea.
Genmyoan is an inn of 17 Japanese-style rooms, with 14 rooms featuring a view of Amanohashidate and 3 rooms featuring a view of the Miyazu Bay. Guests can enjoy an expansive, panoramic ocean view from any of the rooms. Whether you gaze over Amanohashidate sitting in a chair or laying on the tatami, there is no better way to enjoy this scenery than here at Genmyoan. Most of the rooms were designed by the famous architect Moritatsuo (1926-2011), bringing a world of charm and refinement through traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Immerse yourself this peaceful Japanese design, and experience the elegant, refined and graceful work of Moritatsuo.
This hill-top inn looks out upon the sea, the sky, the curving wooded coast of the bay, and the famous sight of Amanohashidate land bridge. The location, views, and design surround the guest with an atmosphere of by-gone elegance. The scent of nature in the softly flowing sea breeze quietly sooths the body and the spirit.
From the Ryugu-no-Yu Bath, Urashima-no-Yu Bath, and panoramic open-air bath - which will warm guests’ chilled bodies - guests can enjoy a superb view of Amanohashidate.