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Attractive spots in Setouchi region - Okayama and Hiroshima

June 29, 2019

Attractive spots in Setouchi region - Okayama and Hiroshima

About Setouchi Region

Setouchi region consists of the Seto Inland Sea and seven prefectures (Hyogo, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa and Ehime prefectures) surrounding the Sea.

Because mountains surround the region, there is little rain and warm weather all through a year. The Sea is the largest inland sea in Japan and known as a waveless and very calm sea.

In this blessed with warm weather and rich cultured region, there are other thousands of spots to visit in addition to "Setouchi Triennale 2019  (Setouchi International Art Festival)"!


Okayama Prefecture

Okayama Prefecture is known as "the Land of Sunshine" and famous for its fruits such as Muscat and Peach.

This time, from thousands of spots, I will show you must-see places in Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures, where you can get quickly from Kanto/Kansai area.

* If you start your trip from Osaka area, you can use the useful pass, named "Setouchi Area Pass", for your trip. Please visit the "Setouchi Area Pass Official Web site" to see more information.

Okayama Korakuen

Okayama KorakuenOkayama Korakuen is one of the three most famous Japanese style gardens in Japan. Its total area is more than 150,000 yards and, you can enjoy the garden with thousands of seasonal flowers, trees surrounding the pond. Besides, this garden has been awarded three stars by the Michelin Green Guide.
*Please visit the "koraku-en-garden" page of Michelin Green Guide for more details.

How to get there

Ten minutes on the bus named "Okayama Korakuen-bus (Shuttle bus)" from JR Okayama station.
*Please see the "Korakuen-bus" Official website for more information.

To get to JR Okayama station from Osaka area, Setouchi Area Pass is very beneficial. You can take the fastest Nozomi Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka station to Okayama station with the Pass. Please see our Setouchi Area Pass Order page for more information.

If you get to JR Okayama station from Tokyo area, Japan Rail Pass (Nationwide)  for 7/14/21 days is useful as well. You can take JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama station with the Pass. Please see our Japan Rail Pass Order page for more information.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

The most popular place in Kurashiki-city, located along the Seto Inland Sea, is "Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter". A line of traditional houses with white-walled stand along the canal and this town has been awarded two stars by the Michelin Green Guide, also. In addition to the beautiful sight, you can enjoy tasty fruits and shopping products (such as Kurashiki Denim, Kurashiki Glass and Kurashiki Hanpu) from Kurashiki area at cafes or shops which renovated traditional houses built in from Edo period to Taisho period.
*Please visit the "Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter" page of Okayama prefecture Official Tourism Guide for more information.  

How to get there

10-12 minutes walk from the south exit of JR Kurashiki station.

To get to JR Kurashiki station from Osaka area, Setouchi Area Pass is very beneficial. You can take the fastest Nozomi Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka station to Okayama station for about 50 minutes. And then transfer to a local line (JR Yakumo line) at Okayama station. It takes 11 minutes to get to Kurashiki station from Okayama station. The Setouchi Area Pass covers all these routes above. Please see our Setouchi Area Pass Order page for more information.

If you get to JR Okayama station from Tokyo area, Japan Rail Pass (Nationwide)  for 7/14/21 days is useful as well. You can take JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama station. And then transfer to a local line (JR Yakumo line) at Okayama station. It takes 11 minutes to get to Kurashiki station from Okayama station. The Japan Rail Pass (Nationwide) covers all these routes above. Please see our Japan Rail Pass Order page for more information.


Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima Prefecture is called "microcosm of Japan" because of its warm climate and landform surrounded by the Seto Inland Sea and mountains. And this area is blessed with rich sea and mountains products.

Although there are plenty of places to visit in Hiroshima prefecture, let me introduce the two world heritages in this blog.
*Please visit "Visit Hiroshima - The Official Hiroshima Prefecture Tourism Website" for more information. 

Atomic Bomb Dome

Atomic Bomb Dome

The site was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1996 by the effort of residents in Hiroshima city to keep this tragic reminder of the war. The first atomic bomb in human history was dropped on Hiroshima city on August 6th 1945. Although the Atomic Bomb Dome was located almost underneath the explosion, the building avoided the complete collapse and is still standing there.
Please visit the Atomic Bomb Dome to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering caused by nuclear weapons and the Cenotaph for Atomic Bomb Victims and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum as well.
*Please visit "About Atomic Bomb Dome" page in Visit Hiroshima - The Official Hiroshima Prefecture Tourism Website.

How to get there

Twenty minutes by Tram (Hiroshima Electric Line) from JR Hiroshima station. Get off at the Genbaku-Dome Mae Tram stop (Atomic Bomb Dome).

To get to JR Hiroshima station from Osaka area, Setouchi Area Pass is very beneficial. You can take the fastest Nozomi Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima station for about 1 hour and 20 minutes with the Pass. Please see our Setouchi Area Pass Order page for more information.

If you get to JR Hiroshima station from Tokyo area, Japan Rail Pass (Nationwide)  for 7/14/21 days is useful as well. You can take JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hiroshima station. Please see our Japan Rail Pass Order page for more information.

Itsukushima Shrine

Itsukushima ShrineFor a long time, the island itself, Itsukushima (Miyajima), had been worshipped as God, and Itsukushima shrine was built more than 1,500 years ago on the Seto Inland Sea to avoid injuring the island. This beautiful shrine on the water has been described as a World Heritage Site in 1996 and attracting visitors from all over Japan and the rest of the World.
*Please visit "About Itsukushima Shrine" page in "Visit Hiroshima - The Official Hiroshima Prefecture Tourism Website".


How to get there

Ten minutes by JR West Miyajima Ferry from Miyajimaguchi pier.
Please visit JR West Miyajima Ferry official website for more information.

To get to Miyajimaguchi pier, take a train bound for Iwakuni on the JR Sanyo Main Line at JR Hiroshima station for 27 minutes. Get off at Miyajimaguchi station. Five minutes walk from Miyajimaguchi station to the pier.

To get to JR Miyajimaguchi station from Osaka area, Setouchi Area Pass is beneficial. You can take the fastest Nozomi Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka station to Hiroshima station for about 1 hour and 20 minutes with the Pass. You can also use the Pass from Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi station and for the ferry! Please see our Setouchi Area Pass Order page for more information.

If you get to JR Hiroshima station from Tokyo area, Japan Rail Pass (Nationwide)  for 7/14/21 days is useful as well. You can take JR Tokaido Shinkansen from Tokyo to Hiroshima station. You can also use the Pass from Hiroshima station to Miyajimaguchi station and for the ferry! Please see our Japan Rail Pass Order page for more information.