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Must to See Setouchi!

Magazine

ReleaseDecember 10, 2019

The Setouchi area has many must-see places with various features, from beautiful views to places of cultural and historical significance. Setouchi is readily accessible from Osaka, and it is recommended to use the Sanyo Shinkansen. 

Get a good deal on travelling in the Setouchi area!


For other kinds of passes, please access:

English https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/pass/
繁体中文 https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/tc/ticket/pass/

Convenient pre-purchase on the website, “JR-WEST ONLINE TRAIN RESERVATION.” For details, please check the website.

English https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/ticket/overview/
繁体中文 https://www.westjr.co.jp/global/tc/ticket/overview/

 
  • If you are an experienced traveler, explore Setouchi more deeply!

  • It’s a convenient and comfortable trip by taking a bus from the station!
  • Scenic Okayama Sightseeing 1-day Bus Tour
    9:10 Leaving Okayama Station West ExitAM: Kamba-no-Taki Waterfalls
    Kamba-no-Taki Waterfalls, one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls, are a dynamic waterfall, with a height of 110 meters, which is the highest in the Chugoku Area. Around the falls, you may come across wild monkeys.
  • Noon at Hiruzen Highlands (lunch)
    At one of the most popular mountain resorts in western Japan, you can enjoy a Japanese lunch set on weekdays or a buffet-style lunch on Sat, Sun, and holidays. Enjoy some local dishes such as Japanese mutton barbecue as a Hiruzen specialty, along with yoghurt or other dairy products made from Jersey cattle milk.
  • PM: Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (strolling)
    About 10 minutes on foot from JR Kurashiki Station, this town developed as a depot for goods transportation from the 1600s. The white-walled rice storehouses and the rows of willow trees along the river form a modern yet nostalgic streetscape. There are many shops and cafés that sell specialty products, such as canvas and denim.kurashiki Early evening: Mt. Washuzan Observatory (viewing the sunset)
    From the observatory, you can see the islands along with the grand Seto Ohashi Bridge. The wonderful view of the sun going under the ocean is only available from autumn to winter.
    18:30 End of Tour at Okayama Station West ExitEditor’s Comment
    This bus tour, which offers a guided tour to places with great views, which are accessible only by car, is perfect to explore Okayama more deeply! When I joined the tour, I came across an old “grandmother” monkey at the Kamba Waterfalls.Period: Every Saturday until March 28, 2020 (except for December 28, 2019 and January 4, 2020)
    Prices: 6,800 yen for adults/ 5,800 yen for children
    How to reserve: :for details, please access
  • MORE: Okayama Korakuen Garden

    One of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan,” this is a large garden created by the domain lord of Okayama about 300 years ago. From winter to spring, 150 camellia trees and 100 red and white plum trees are fully blooming. The cherry blossom tunnel and weeping cherry blossoms, the season of which is later than that of Somei-yoshino cherry blossoms, are popular photo spots from around late March.
    Time:8:00-17:00 (varies depending on the season)
    Price:410円
    ACCESS JR Okayama Sta. 30 min on foot
 

There are also other recommended bus tours!

Hiroshima

Sightseeing Tour Bus Takehara Preserved Town, Okunoshima

You can enjoy the streetscape of “Takehara,” which is called “Little Kyoto” in Aki, and play with wild rabbits in Okunoshima Island, aka “Rabbit Island.”

Period: Every Tuesday and Friday until March 24 (except for December 27 and 31, 2019 and January 3, 2020)

Prices: 5,000 yen for adults/ 3,000 yen for children

Route:

9:20 Shinkansen-guchi Exit at Hiroshima Station

↓ Roadside Station Takehara

Bamboo-ware making (about 40 min)



Lunch (not included in the tour)



Okunoshima Island



18:00 Shinkansen-guchi Exit at Hiroshima Station

How to reserve: For details, please check the website:

English https://japanbusonline.com/en/CourseSearch/13400250005
繁体中文 https://japanbusonline.com/zh-tw/CourseSearch/13400250005



Hiroshima World Heritage Sightseeing Bus
A course to visit two of Japan’s World Heritage sites, “Atomic Bomb Dome” and “Miyajima,” with lunch included. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum exhibits the history of Hiroshima before and after the atomic bomb as well as documents and photos which convey the horror of that event. Miyajima, including not only Itsukushima-jinja Shrine but also the virgin forest covering Mt. Misen in the background and the ocean in the front, is registered as a World Heritage Site.

Period: Every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and holiday (except for December 27, 2019 to January 3, 2020 and January 19)

Prices: 5,000 yen for adults/ 3,000 yen for children

 

Route

8:50 Shinkansen-guchi Exit at Hiroshima Station

↓ From bus: Hiroshima Castle

Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

↓ From bus: Hiroshima Former Army Clothing Depot

↓ High-speed boat

Miyajima



16:30 Shinkansen-guchi Exit at Hiroshima Station

How to reserve: for details, please check the website:

English https://japanbusonline.com/en/CourseSearch/13400250003
繁体字 https://japanbusonline.com/zh-tw/CourseSearch/13400250003

 



 

Yamaguchi

Tsunoshima Bridge and Motonosumi Inari Shrine Day Trip from Hiroshima/Yamaguchi

With this tour, you can visit both Motonosumi-jinja Shrine, which is famous for the red torii gates continuing towards the ocean, and Tsunoshima, which is famous for the great view with the bridge stretching over the ocean.

Period: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays until March 31, 2020 (except for December 28, 2019 to January 5, 2020)

Prices: 6,000 yen for adults/ 3,000 yen for children

 

Route:

10:05 Shin-Yamaguchi Station

↓ Roadside Station Kitaura Kaido Hohoku

Lunch (not included in the tour)



Tsunoshima Ohashi, Tsunoshima Lighthouse Park



Motonosumi-jinja Shrine



18:10 Shin-Yamaguchi Station

Reservation

 


There are still more recommended spots!

Kintaikyo Bridge

Characterized by a series of five wooden arch bridges across the wide river and with a total length of almost 200 meters, Kintaikyo Bridge was completed in the late 1700s as a wooden bridge that could withstand flood waters. The unique structure, which is rare around the world, is a testament to the wisdom and passion of the builders of previous ages. It is one of the “Three Great Bridges of Japan,” and the area along the river is beautifully decorated with cherry blossoms in spring, the scenery breath-taking. On the other side of the bridge, there are some historical sites, including Iwakuni Castle, where you can enjoy strolling around.

JR Shin-Iwakuni Sta. à about 15 min by bus bound for “around Kintaikyo” or about 10 min by taxi


Karato Fish Market

Located at the westernmost point of the main island, Shimonoseki City is famous as a place that is blessed with great seafood, including blow fish. “Karato Fish Market,” which faces the Kanmon Straits, allows travelers to come in. “Iki-iki Bakangai” is a “sushi battle” event, which is held on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. During the event, many stalls are set up to serve sushi and don-bowl dishes with fresh fish and seafood toppings.

JR Shimonoseki Sta. à about 10 min by bus and get off at “Karato” à 5 min on foot



*The information herein is as of December 2019.