Itinerary Guide: This Charming Seaside Town in Japan Should Be Your Next Island Escape
From barbecue parties to relaxing sunset cruises.
Also known as the “Aegean Sea of Japan,” Ushimado in Setouchi City boasts of numerous places where you can enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. There, you can try several leisure and sports activities that will make your travel experience more exciting and fulfilling.
Take a look at our itinerary below:
Experience glamping in a gorgeous tent by the sea
Glamping & Cafe Base Beach offers a spacious area along the beach where you can have a barbecue party while glamping (glamour + camping). Sofas and tables are set up inside the huge tipi tent, which can accommodate more than 10 people. The relaxing vibes of the beach make it the perfect place to loosen up and eat to your heart’s content.
Have an extraordinary barbecue by the sea!
You won’t have to bring anything since the ingredients and cooking tools are readily-made available there. Aside from the assorted meats and marinated beef barbecue, light meals such as ahijo are also included in the menu.
The staff will assist in starting the fire so you can just grill, eat, and enjoy.
Stretched outside the tent are the calm waters of Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai) and the beautiful seashore. The view alone is enough to make your glamping experience more memorable.
The Seto Inland Sea in the background is so beautiful!
Glamping & Cafe Base Beach is located at 6679-5 Kashino, Ushimadocho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. The glamping (with BBQ) schedule is from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The establishment is closed every first and second Tuesdays and third and fourth Wednesdays of the month. If these days fall on a holiday, the establishment is open. Fees are ¥4,500 for adults from June to September, and ¥3,500 from October to May, with a discounted rate for kids. Reservations must be made at least three days before your visit.
Try the stand-up paddleboard and cruise the Seto Inland Sea
You can experience the popular water sport, stand-up paddle (SUP) board, at B-Tree in Ushimado. When riding the SUP, your instructor will teach you how to stand on the board and row with a paddle. Anyone can enjoy this activity, regardless of gender and age. Even beginners will easily get the hang of paddleboarding.
Once the instructor is done teaching, you can go and cruise near the seashore.
B-Tree is located at 6642-2 Kashino, Ushimadocho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture and is open from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. (12 p.m. to 8 p.m. from November to March) daily except on Wednesdays (open if holiday). SUP can be tried from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Other time slots are open for consultation. The fee is ¥5,500 for two hours. Reservations must be made at least a day before.
Have tea time at an old renovated house
There are lots of hidden cafes in Ushimado. Among these is the Tereya Cafe, which is located at an old renovated house that was first built 50 years ago. Inside are relaxing sofa, counter, and terrace seats where you can enjoy the warmth of the sun. You can easily pick a favorite spot here and spend an afternoon sipping tea.
The owner himself renovated the very welcoming interiors.
Its retro ambiance certainly makes for an appealing hideaway.
The cafe’s menu consists of original coffee, handmade sweets, curry, pita bread sandwich, and other light meals. It’s the perfect place to visit after a long day of traveling.
Mousse Made of Seasonal Fruits (¥500)
Shown above is the Persimmon Mousse.
The waffles and ice cream in the Tereya Parfait (¥850) let you enjoy different textures and flavors.
Tereya Café is located at 4200-1 Ushimado, Ushimadocho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on Fridays (open if holiday).
Witness the magical sunset at Maeshima
At the end of the day, you can ride the ferry that goes to Maeshima, an island offshore of Ushimado’s coast. It was declared a national public park for its overflowing natural scenery and popular sunset viewing spot, where you can bask in the romantic evening view.
Look at that magnificent view!
This is only one of the many beautiful sceneries you can see in Maeshima. If you’re going to Ushimado, you might as well explore the island further and see the beauty it hides.
The island can be reached via a five-minute ferry ride from Ushimado.
The best time to watch the sunset depends on the season. It’s best to check the schedule before you visit.
Maeshima Ushimado-side Ferry Dock is located in front of Setouchi City Tourist Center, Setouchi Kirari Building. The first departure to Maeshima is at 6:20 a.m. and the last departure from Maeshima is at 9:10 p.m. There are 1/2 round trips every hour from opening to closing. Round-trip fare is ¥240 for adults and ¥120 for children.
Tour the island while riding a bike
Cycling is also a recommended activity on the island. There are rental bicycles at the ferry office that anybody can use. When riding the bicycle, you’ll feel the refreshing and cool sea breeze against your face. Take note, though, that the bikes must be returned by 5 p.m.
Ride bicycles with your friends and see the whole island!
This picturesque view will greet you once you reach the top of the hill.
Maeshima Rental Bicycles’ rental office is located at Maeshima-side Ferry Dock and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fee is ¥500 for four hours or less.
Go sea kayaking
If you still have time, you can drop by the Ushimado Watertrail in Maeshima, where you can try sea kayaking. Although the water current is constantly changing depending on the weather, you’re in for a nature and fun-filled experience as you drift along the sea.
Guides are there to assist in kayaking so that even beginners can enjoy the experience.
Ushimado Watertrail is located at 5662-4 Ushimado, Ushimadocho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. For the Easy Trail, the assembly area is located at Maeshima-side Ferry Dock and is open from April to October from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fees are ¥6,100 for adults and ¥4,100 for 6-15 years old. Reservation is required.
Provided by Walkerplus™, Japan Walker™, and Kansai Walker™ (5 March 2019)