The reason it has this famous name is that when viewed by looking at it upside down and between one's legs it appears to be floating in the sky. After a cable car or sky chair ride to the top you can see the picturesque scene above as well as enjoy the scenes of people trying to view the land bridge by bending over and looking through their legs.
This area is know for it's peaceful atmosphere and quaint charm. After checking out this amazing view we jumped in the car and drove to a fishing village called "Funaya" which was unlike anything I have ever seen before in Japan or abroad. Over two hundred house boats lining the coast of a sheltered bay in an area known as Ine. This is a local tourist attraction but quite off the beaten path.
Although we drove there is also an option of taking a boat cruise from Miyazu (the main town of the area) letting you enjoy the beautiful views along the way. There is also a smaller boat in town which takes you around the harbour for 1 hr roundtrips and it's just 700 yen. You can always wander through the town on foot too, but as all the houses face to the water, and the majority are accessed only by sea, it is really worth it to go out by boat.
After the boathouse town we headed to see the famous terraced rice fields. The roads are quite windy but some of the most breathtaking views can be seen along the way. To me it was reminiscent of the famous Hana Highway in Maui. Once we arrived at the rice fields the colours of the bright green harvest with the bright blue sea and sky in the background were incredible. It made me want to come back in the spring to see the rice paddies all filled with water like in the pic above.
After the full day of fun it was time to hit the beach. Without any real idea of where to go we just kept driving till we found what looked like a campground and day use beach facility. It was 1000 yen for parking and access to the shower facilities etc. We grabbed the cooler from the car and set out for a picnic. The beach was amazing! And not at all crowded by Japanese standards.
All in all this was an amazing day trip to make from Kyoto city. So if you have a chance to do it, please do.