Translated by Takuya Erik Watanabe
Three Little-Known Scenic Spots Of The Seto Inland Sea
Written by MATCHA
The Seto Inland Sea is located between Honshū and the Shikoku Region. The calm sea and many islands create a highly popular scenic view. In this article, we will be introducing spots where you can admire the beautiful Seto Inland Sea.
The islands, like Naoshima and Shodo Island, are renowned tourist spots around the world as the venue of the Setouchi Triennale.
However, the 19,700 square kilometer Seto Inland Sea has more to offer. Awaji Island, nearby Kobe, and Miyajima of Hiroshima prefecture also are located in the Seto Inland Sea.
Today, we'll be introducing where and how to casually enjoy a breathtaking view of the sea.
1. From Atop A Hill: Ojigadake Of Tamano, Okayama
Ojigadake of Tamano, Okayama, has many strange-shaped rocks, formed by waves. The rocks towering to the sky on the coastline are a truly strange sight that can only be found here.
If you get out of your car and climb the hill, you'll find a beautiful view that you won't be able to forget.
And this is the view! From the hilltop, 237 meters above sea level, you can overlook the Seto Inland Sea. The sea spreads in front of your eyes for a greater-than-180-degree view. The water is so clear that you can see the ocean floor.
If you have the courage, you can advance to the rocks projecting out to the sea. Here you'll find an even more magnificent view, but be careful not to fall. If you're afraid of heights, you shouldn't take the risk.
2. Bike Across Islands: Shimanami Kaido
The Shimanami Kaido connects Onomichi of Hiroshima prefecture and Imabari of Ehime prefecture. It is a road that has been chosen as one of "the world's most incredible bike routes" by CNN, and is a well worth visiting for bike-lovers.
Even if you're not a cycling-master, we recommend you try island hopping by bike here. While biking Shimanami Kaido, you can enjoy the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, large and small, from various angles.
The first view spot that a cyclist starting from Onomichi will reach is the Innoshima Ohashi bridge. Here you will feel like you're riding a bike on the sea.
It's alright if you don't think you can make it all the way. At Innoshima, located at the end of Innoshima Ohashi, you can get on a boat back to Onomachi. You can enjoy the rest of your time at Innoshima's Tachibana Shokudo while you wait for the afternoon boat. Sitting on the grass and looking out at the sea is really one of the best ways to spend a summer day.
3. JR Seto-Ohashi Line: Enjoy The Scenic View From The Train
"I want to see the Seto Inland Sea, but I don't want to go out into the heat."
If this is you, there's a way to enjoy the beautiful Seto Insland Sea from indoors. That way is to get on the JR Seto-Ohashi Line and cross the Seto Inland Sea. The JR Seto-Ohashi Line passes through the Seto Ohashi (Great Seto Bridge) which connects Okayama prefecture and Kagawa prefecture. Riding the Seto-Ohashi Line will make you feel like you're flying over the sea.
The blue-green sea passing by your feet is a very unique sight. If you're visiting at dusk, you'll be in for a magnificent sunset.
You can enjoy a view of the beautiful Seto Inland Sea with a ticket that won't even cost you 500 yen.
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Address: Okayama Kurashiki Kojimakarakoto
Hours: Open 24 hours (Entering at night is dangerous. Enter at your own risk.)
Access: About 20 minutes by car from Kojima IC (児島IC)
Official Website: Ojigadake (Japanese)