Awaji Island’s Top 5 Spectacular Views

Awaji Island stands as one of the best resort destinations in the Kansai region. This beautiful island offers a diverse array of dining options, unique experiences, and captivating views. In this article, we are delighted to present a selection of five spots with the most spectacular views on Awaji Island. The author, a resident of Awaji Island, lends personal insight to this selection. These spots all offer truly spectacular views, and we sincerely extend an invitation for you to embark on a journey to witness the beauty of Awaji Island.  

Rank 5: Dive Into the Floral Paradise of Awaji Hanasajiki

Awaji Hanasajiki is known for its meticulous design and the attention to detail that goes into maintaining the vast field. The flowers are thoughtfully arranged in stunning patterns and carefully cultivated to create lovely views. The harmonious blend of colors, coupled with the awe-inspiring backdrop of the island’s natural beauty, makes Awaji Hanasajiki a unique and enchanting destination for nature lovers and photographers alike.

You are invited to discover an exceptional vantage point highly recommended for its scenic allure, where the natural splendor of Awaji Island envelops you with its captivating views of the ocean. Throughout the changing seasons, diverse blooms grace the gentle hillside, infusing the landscape with hues that shift with the passage of time. Particularly enchanting is the fall season, when the entire expanse is swathed in cosmos and salvias, forming an incredible tapestry that beckons and entrances photographers. Entry to this park is free, making it an inviting stopover during your Awaji Island exploration.
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Rank 4: The Mesmerizing Combination of Architecture, Natural Light, and Spectacular Views at Honpukuji Mizumido

An ancient temple constructed during the Heian period on Awaji Island underwent a transformation during the Heisei period with the addition of the design of world-renowned architect, Tadao Ando. Honpukuji Mizumido, often referred to as the Water Temple, offers an ideal location for enjoying both architectural brilliance and the surrounding vista. While the norm in Buddhist temples involves ascending, Ando defies convention by offering an entrance that descends, leading through a staircase that traverses a vast, glimmering expanse adorned with water lilies.

The inside of the temple is illuminated by a single source of natural light that filters through a sharp geometric grid and thoughtfully placed gaps, and permeates the space to create a truly spectacular view. The location is very convenient too, just a short 10-minute drive from the Awaji IC.

Rank 3: Sushi and Tempura Dining Overlooking the Spectacular View of Harima-nada Sea at Aonoya

Aonoya is a renowned sushi restaurant nestled in the SEIKAIHA complex along the picturesque western coast of Awaji Island. The restaurant has an exceptional reputation for its prime location, where every table is strategically positioned to offer a spectacular view of the Harima-nada Sea. The restaurant’s charm also lies in its delectable offerings, featuring an array of Awaji Island’s finest seafood meticulously crafted into sushi and tempura delicacies.

Throughout the summer months, Aonoya is popular for its high-quality sea urchin and hamo (conger eel), cherry salmon, sea bream, and octopus sourced directly from the island’s rich waters. The restaurant prides itself on procuring the freshest ingredients to elevate the dining experience.

Stepping inside, guests are greeted with thoughtfully spaced seating arrangements that foster a relaxed and inviting ambiance. The spacious layout ensures that guests can savor each bite while immersing themselves in the magnificent ocean vista that stretches before them.

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Name SEIKAIHA - Aonoya
Address 70 Nojima-okawa, Awaji City, Hyogo Pref. 656-1723
Tel 0799-70-9020
Website https://awaji-seikaiha.com/aonoya/
Reservations https://www.tablecheck.com/en/shops/awaji-seikaiha/reserve
Operating Hours 11:00~15:00 (Last In 14:00, L.O. 14:00)
17:00~21:00 (Last In 19:30, L.O. 20:00)
Closed: Thursdays

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Rank 2: A Spectacular View of Awaji Island Through the Mysterious Rock Cave of Myojin Cape

Hidden along the renowned Sunset Line on Awaji Island, the rock cave at Myojin Cape exudes a serene ambiance, offering respite from the usual tourist crowds and allowing you to relish the sea’s splendor in undisturbed tranquility. The trail leading to the captivating rock formation depicted in the photo, is a short stroll along the cliffside, along intermittent pathways. Care should be taken when exploring to ensure your visit is both safe and enjoyable.

On passing through the rock cave, a breathtaking panorama of Awaji Island’s vast sea unveils before you. The sea breeze invites you to unwind, offering a perfect opportunity for rejuvenation as you take a leisurely stroll around the area. Do not forget to take commemorative photos to create unforgettable memories against the backdrop of Awaji Island’s magnificent sea.

Rank 1: A Hidden Shrine Overlooking the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Matsuhoebisu Shrine

Tucked away near the Awaji Island IC, this hidden shrine unveils its charm. It is a beautiful place with a small torii gate right next to the sea, offering a serene spot to capture photos against the iconic Akashi Kaikyo Bridge. The bridge, also known as the Pearl Bridge, is a remarkable engineering marvel located in Japan. It spans the Akashi Strait, connecting the city of Kobe on the Japanese mainland (Honshu) to Awaji Island. The contrast between the azure Awaji Island sea and the pristine white shoreline creates a spectacular view. Ideal for leisurely walks or intimate picnics along the shore, this spot invites you to savor the beauty of nature.


Presenting the author’s personal selection of the top 5 spots with spectacular views on Awaji Island. However, these spots are just a fraction of the island’s offerings, encapsulating its natural beauty and panoramic views. There exist countless more hidden treasures awaiting discovery across Awaji Island. Don’t hesitate any longer and set out to explore and experience the captivating wonders that this island paradise has to offer.