Kurashiki, Naruto, and Kotohira are well-known tourist destinations in the eastern Setouchi. Visiting all three areas with their numerous attractions makes for a memorable journey unique to this region of Japan.
Let's thoroughly enjoy the nature, history, culture, art, and cuisine of Kurashiki, Naruto, and Kotohira on a trip one ought to experience at least once or twice in one’s lifetime!
Sightseeing routes to enjoy touring the three major tourist destinations in the eastern Setouchi.
How far is the distance between the three major tourist destinations, and how long does it take?
Here are suggested one-day plans for all areas, enabling first-time visitors to fully experience the eastern Setouchi region!
Wherever you look, the views of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter are picturesque, reminding you of times long past. The townscape gives off the vibe of a never-ending traditional Japanese town, with the riverside of the Kurashiki River, which is lined with willow trees, and white-plastered storehouses with namako-walls completing the scenery.
If you make a little side trip, you can enjoy the unique charm of other areas as well. For example, the Kojima Area is a mecca for Japanese jeans, and the Tamashima Area is one of the birthplaces of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony.
Powerful natural whirlpools and over 1000 masterpieces in one place - unparalleled treasures of the world gather in this city. The "Great Whirlpools of Naruto" is a must-see natural attraction unique to Naruto, which you have to experience at least once in your lifetime! In addition, the City of Naruto, which prospered once as a gateway to Shikoku, has various interesting historic sites in relation to Japanese traditions and history.
Konpira-san is a place of long-held faith and healing where you can feel the spirit of Japan while being embraced by a refreshing and deep greenery. It has prospered as a tourist destination for worship for over 100 years while being a place of devotional practice.
Enjoy the feeling of going back 100 years, one step at a time, on the same path people have taken for centuries.