Introduction to Setouchi Courses
- in Kansai International Airport / out Kansai International Airport
The most popular spots to explore in Kurashiki, experience Japanese culture in Okayama Korakuen Garden and Okayama Castle such as matcha (Japanese green tea) and wearing kimono. Enjoy renowned sake and famous confections in Okayama, and seafood in the Setonaikai (The Inland Sea)
INKansai International Airport
50 min on Express HARUKA from JR Kansai-airport Sta. to JR Shin-Osaka Sta.
1 Osaka Sightseeing (Osaka Castle, Umeda, Shinsaibashi, Universal Studios Japan, etc.)
From the keep at Osaka Castle and the department stores and hotels in Umeda, to the famous gourmet shops in Shinsaibashi and unique experiences at Universal Studios Japan, Osaka has numerous popular tourism spots to offer.
44 min on Shinkansen from JR Shin-Osaka Sta. to JR Okayama Sta.
INJR Okayama Sta.
2 Okayama Station Shopping Area
1 hr 30 min
The area around Okayama Station features a number of commercial establishments including department stores, the largest shopping mall in Western Japan, and large consumer electronic specialty stores, making it an ideal shopping location. The station itself also conveniently offers souvenir shops and stores selling fruits and craft products grown and made in Okayama Prefecture.
- Overnight stay in Okayama City Okayama Bara-zushi (sushi)
5 min from JR Okayama Sta. to “Shiroshita” via tram, and then 10 min on foot
3 Okayama Korakuen Garden
1 hr 30 min
A popular destination for those visiting Okayama, Okayama Korakuen Garden is one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan. This beautifully tended garden of grass and trees offers a chance to experience the majestic “garden culture” of Japan. No matter the season, Okayama Korakuen Garden is an impressive sight year-round.
Don’t miss these locations! Matcha (green tea) Experience
Inside Okayama Korakuen Garden, visitors are encouraged to enjoy a break while experiencing the uniqueness of matcha (green tea) at the Sazanami Teahouse or the Fukuda Teahouse.
Okayama’s famous kibi dango can also be found at either location.
10 min on foot
4 Okayama Castle
Okayama Castle, with its eye-catching black keep, is one of Japan’s top 100 castles. From the top floor, visitors are treated to a 360-degree view overlooking Korakuen Garden and Okayama City for a taste of life as a feudal lord. Visitors are also encouraged to stop by the numerous exhibitions and commemorative photo spots within the castle.
Don’t miss these locations! Kimono and Bizen Pottery Experience
The Bizen Pottery Workshop in the keep offers visitors the chance to experience Bizen pottery-making firsthand, while the second floor gives castle-goers a chance to dress up in a kimono for free. (*Please check in advance regarding available times.)
10 min on foot to “Shiroshita,” 5 min to JR Okayama Sta. via tram, 20 min by train to JR Kurashiki Sta., and then 15 min on foot
5 Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter
Designated as a Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter features beautiful white-walled kura (storehouses) and machiya (traditional townhouses) lining the Kurashiki River. Visitors can enjoy strolling among the district’s buildings and visiting the many souvenir shops, galleries, and cafes within.
Don’t miss these locations! Japanese Confectionery Making (Homemade Murasuzume Experience)
Try your hand at baking murasuzume, Kurashiki’s famous confectionery, and taste the deliciousness for yourself. Nothing beats that freshly baked flavor!
15 min on foot
6 Shopping at area around Kurashiki Station
1 hr 30 min
The large outlet mall located near Kurashiki Station features shops from well-known domestic and international brands offering affordable, high-quality products.
20 min by train from JR Kurashiki Sta. to JR Okayama Sta.
- Overnight stay in Okayama City Japanese Sake
25 min by train from JR Okayama Sta. to JR Kojima Sta., and then 15 min by rent-a-cycle or 10 min by taxi
7 Betty Smith Jeans Museum
Located in, Kojima, the birthplace of jeans in Japan, the Betty Smith Jeans Museum is operated by the venerable jeans manufacturer Betty Smith and is the only jeans museum in Japan. The museum also features a workshop where visitors can customize their own pair of jeans for a truly original product.
15 min by rent-a-cycle or 10 min by taxi
8 Kojima Jeans Street
Kojima Jeans Street offers visitors the chance to experience the charm of Japanese denim, world-renowned for its high quality. With its many stores operated by jeans manufacturers, Jeans Street is full of products brimming with originality. Come and enjoy Jeans Street’s objets d'art made from jeans as well as its unique townscape.
Don’t miss these locations! Kojima Takoshio Yakisoba
This yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) is made with tako (octopus) from Shimotsui and shio (salt), a Kojima specialty.
25 min by train from JR Kojima Sta. to JR Okayama Sta., 34 min on Shinkansen to JR Hiroshima Sta., and then 10 min via tram
9 Atomic Bomb Dome
The Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome) is a World Heritage Site located inside Peace Memorial Park. The memorial has become a symbol for the desire to abolish nuclear weapons and for the importance of lasting peace in the world.
- Overnight stay in Hiroshima City
25 min by train from JR Hiroshima Sta. to JR Miyajimaguchi Sta., and then 10 min by ferry to Miyajima Pier
10 Hiroshima Sightseeing (Miyajima, Itsukushima-jinja Shrine)
Miyajima, with the vermillion O-Torii (enormous torii) building in the sea, and Itsukushima-jinja Shrine, which looks as if it is floating on the sea itself, have both been recognized as World Heritage Sites.
10 min by ferry from Miyajima Pier to JR Miyajimaguchi Sta., and then 25 min by train to JR Hiroshima Sta.
1 hr 19 min on Shinkansen from JR Hiroshima Sta. to JR Shin-Osaka Sta.
- Overnight stay in Osaka City
50 min on Express HARUKA from JR Shin-Osaka Sta. to JR Kansai-airport Sta.