Kanei Tsuho Zenigata
Kanei Tsuho Zenigata
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan3,502 contributions
Jan 2023
観音寺市における最も注目すべき観光スポットである。琴弾公園の松林に突如として出現したかのような『寛永通宝』の砂絵は、訪れる人全ての目を見張ることだろう。
1633年、将軍である徳川家光の巡遣使を歓迎するため、地元の有志によって一夜のうちに作られたとされる。現在は地元のボランティアによって定期的に整備されている、という。
この砂絵を見るには、間近まで近づくか、展望台から見下ろすかのどちらかになる。砂絵の周回部分にまで近づくことはできるが、砂絵の中には立ち入ることが出来ない。近くで見ると、巨大な砂の盛り上がりが眼前に広がる程度で、事前に情報を仕入れない限りそれが何かを理解するのは難しいだろう。一方で展望台から見下ろすことで、砂絵の全体像を見ることが出来る。
環境保全のため、砂絵の周囲には飲食店などは存在しない。飲食物の持ち込みは特に禁止されていないようだが、ゴミ箱等も周囲には設置されていないので、ゴミは持ち帰るか近隣のゴミ箱に捨てる必要がある。

It's the most famous tourist attraction in Kannonji City. The "Kan'ei Tsuho" sand paintings that seem to have suddenly appeared in the pine forests of Kotodama Park are a sight to behold for all visitors.
It's said to have been created overnight by local volunteers in 1633 to welcome the envoy of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu. Today, it's regularly maintained by local volunteers.
To see the sand paintings, visitors can either get up close to them or look down from the observatory. Visitors can approach the perimeter of the sand paintings, but are not allowed to enter them. When you see it up close, you can only see a huge heap of sand spread out before your eyes, and it would be difficult to understand what it is unless you have information about it beforehand. On the other hand, looking down from the observatory, one can see the whole picture of the sand painting.
For environmental preservation, there are no restaurants or stores around the sand paintings. It seems that bringing in food and drink is not prohibited, but there are no garbage cans around the area, so you need to take your garbage home with you or throw it in a nearby garbage can.
Written 16 February 2023
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petertaylor57
Auckland Central, New Zealand385 contributions
Nov 2022
Must be the world's biggest sandcastle? Who'd have thought of creating a giant size coin in the sand of the beach to remind the local lord that taxes are not to be squandered. Don't think you'll find anything like it anywhere else.
Written 27 November 2022
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MarkGroenewold
Takamatsu, Japan408 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
The sand coin is kind of cool, and not something you are going to see anywhere else in Japan. I think that for this reason alone it deserves a positive review. Another reviewer said that there is not much tourist attraction type things in Kannonji, but there is a marvellous temple to go and check out! Also, Kannonji is a very typical city in Kagawa, and just going to a local restaurant, or shopping at the supermarket can give you a good chance to see how the locals live. Sometimes the best tourist experiences have nothing to do with touristy places at all.
Written 2 November 2018
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Camilo R
24 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Every year the coin is given a touch up where you can participate and help maintain this sand coin. The coin is located by the beach in Kotohiki Park. I suggest going and doing a full circle around it to truly appreciate its size. Please do not touch the coin. To see the view you will want to go up the stairs to the temple and steps away from the temple is the observatory. Yes if you don't want to make the walk you can drive to the observatory though there are less than 20 parking spots at the top. I suggest visiting both during the day and at night time. During the night hours the coin is illuminated by green lights that make it seems as though it is not sand at all. As a side note, depending on the time of year you go there will also be a mini zoo right outside the park/beach area.

Only down side you can find here are the bathrooms. If you don't like spiders I am sorry but all the bathrooms here will have plenty of spiders.
Written 6 August 2018
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Tori K
24 contributions
Aug 2017 • Solo
As a local, I have to admit a certain apathy for the Sand Coin, but for a casual tourist, you really should not miss it.

The Kaneitsuho itself is located below a promontory, so you must make the trek up to the observation deck if you want to actually experience the view; I would recommend driving up, but you can walk up the road or take some of the foot trails.

On a clear, bright day, there is a breathtaking view of the sea from the observation deck as well, and this is *the* spot for a great photo op.

Kanonji has precious little to recommend it as a tourist spot, so please, please enjoy this one major claim to fame!
Written 29 January 2018
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katsups
Mitoyo, Japan16 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
This is a part of kotohiki park, and i definitely recommend the short hike to the top to see both the sand sculpture as well as the view of Kanonji from above. Like another reviewer mentioned, it's a little tricky to find the route at first. Once you're by the playground there is a pathway across the road that leads up to the two viewing areas. I think the more popular way is to drive to the top, though!
Written 15 May 2016
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momoinheartisland
2 contributions
Aug 2014
Be sure to go up the hills where the viewpoint is. We wasted few minutes to find the route, so it may be better to ask someone about it than getting lost. You can also go near it, if you go into the park. Nice place with calm quiet sea.
Written 3 September 2014
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