Amanohashidate is located on the Tango Peninsula in the northern part of Kyoto Prefecture. It is a sand-bar, 2.3miles in length and about 566 feet in the maximum said to look like "the Green Bridge to Heaven." It is famous as one of the three most beautiful spots in Japan and is crowded with many tourists all year around.There are a lot of shrines, temples and other things worth seeing in and around Amanohashidate.
Matsushima is located in Miyagi prefecture. (3 hours from Tokyo) It is consisted of about 260 islands with a lot of pine trees. It is famous as "Pine islands".There are many worth seeing such as Oshima, Matsushima Aquarium, Tenrinin, Entsuin, Zuiganji, Yotokuin, Kanrantei and Matsushima Museum, Godaido Fukuurajima The Historical wax Museum and so forth.