2014.11.10
Kagawa Sanuki City

An ancient pine grove and a white sand beach : Tsuda no Matsubara (Sanuki, Kagawa)

Part of “Setonaikai National Park”, Tsuda no Matsubara is a beautiful white sand beach from where you can look out over the Setouchi islands and see impressive ancient pine trees (over 600 years old). As well as one of Japan’s top “100 beautiful beaches”, it is one of the country’s top “100 beautiful beaches with pine trees”.

 

A gorgeous seashore from where Seto Inland Sea can be seen floating…

 

With almost 100,000 people visiting every year, Tsuda no Matsubara is the most popular beach in Kagawa.

 

 

Geographically, the peninsula blocks rough waves, so calm surf breaks gently on the shore.

 

(Shōdo Island is on the far left.)

 

 

To reach this beautiful beach, you need to cross Umekawa River via an interesting bridge…

On the way to the beach, the bridge is called “Negaibashi (Wishing Bridge)”.

 

 

On the way back, it’s called “Kanaebashi (Wishes Come True Bridge)”.

 

(This is a view from the beach side.)

 

 

They say that if you make a wish in your heart while crossing, “Negaibashi/Kanaebashi” Bridge will make your wish come true. It has become a popular “power spot” !

 

On the other side of the white sand beach, there is a deep green grove with a slightly mystic atmosphere called “Kinrin Park” in which impressive old pine trees stand…

 

 

This is a “Neagari no Matsu (A pine tree showing its roots)”. Over the years, the soil around the roots has been swept away by wind and rain.

 

There are many similar ancient pine trees around here…

 

And one massive one!

 

 

It is a 600-year-old pine tree with branches that spread far and wide!

 

 

Including this one, there are seven ancient pine trees in the park that are collectively known as “Shichifukujin Matsu (Seven Lucky Pine Trees)”. Each of the seven trees is bound by Shimenawa and has a stone statue nearby within which visitors can place money. The Shimenawa are changed twice a year by a group of volunteers.

 

 

As Tsuda no Matsubara has a “Road Station”, access is very easy.

 

Planted as a way to reduce the strength of the prevailing winds, there are many pine tree groves along the coast of Japan. Among these, the massive old pine trees at Tsuda no Matsubara are in particularly good hands.

 

It really is a lovely white sand beach! Why don’t you take a stroll along it someday?

 

Location: Tsudamatsubara Tsuda-machi Sanuki-shi Kagawa

 

Website (Japanese): http://www.city.sanuki.kagawa.jp/sightseeing/sights/tsuda

 

Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Hironobu Matsuoka

 

 

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Hironobu Matsuoka

Hironobu Matsuoka

Hironobu Matsuoka / Photo-writer Born in 1974 in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, and currently living there, Hironobu is the president of Mediapolis Inc. "I travel around the country in Solar King, an eco-camping car that has a solar power generator, and film the beautiful scenery of Japan in high-definition. I want to move around the country as much as possible and leave behind videos of precious Japanese nature and scenery for future generations to enjoy. Although I travel all over the country, I love my home area of Setouchi." 'Healing Japan TV' - Traveling virtually around the country through 'healing videos'.

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