This Port City in Japan May Be the Best Place to Go Sailing
Be one with the sea!
In this article, we list down some of the activities you can do in the vicinity as well as the cruising courses that you can take.
Have lunch at Harbor Kitchen
The Harbor Kitchen is located on the second floor of Ushimado Yacht Harbor Clubhouse, which is the largest yacht harbor in west Japan. Through the windows, you can watch the incoming and outgoing yachts while enjoying your meal.
The view from the wide glass windows is magnificent!
The restaurant offers popular handmade lunch meals made from local ingredients such as vegetables from Ushimado and meats from Okayama dairy farms. The drink menu also consists of local coffee made by Kinoshita Shouten, a famous coffee shop that produces its own beans by handpicking them and selecting those that are roasted just right.
Meanwhile, the tea served in the restaurant comes from Takahashi Koucha, a manufacturer that makes black tea from Japanese tea leaves to produce an inherently sweet tea.
The Mixed Fry Set Meal (with drink and dessert) (¥1,100) is offered for a limited number of servings daily.
Harbor Kitchen is located at 2/F Ushimado Yacht Harbor Clubhouse, 5414-7 Ushimado, Ushimadocho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch service starts at 11:30 a.m.) daily except on Tuesdays to Thursdays.
Feel the sea breeze and join a yacht cruise at The Hotel Limani & Spa
The Hotel Limani & Spa is one of Setouchi’s best hotels that offers an enjoyable yacht cruising activity. The wharf, located near the hotel, lets guests take a ride on the yachts and spend a luxurious time in the calm waters of Seto Inland Sea.
Take a leisurely yacht cruise while viewing the Setouchi islands.
One trip lasts for about forty minutes.
The calm waters of the sea will give you some peace of mind.
Guests can try raising the sail or controlling the yacht rudder.
If you still have time to spare, you can go to Kuroshima, an island off the coast of Ushimado, through the Kuroshima Venus Road. This road is a sandbar that appears only when the tide is low and connects the three islands of the Ushimado district. In addition to this, there is also a ship that you can ride from the Kuroshima island back to The Hotel Limani & Spa.
Kuroshima Venus Road
The Hotel Limani & Spa is located at 3900 Ushimado, Ushimadocho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. The yacht cruise starts from 9:20 a.m. and leaves every hour until 5 p.m. Rates are ¥3,240 for adults (with a discount for kids), while the Venus Road Kuroshima Exclusive Ship’s rates are ¥2,160 for adults (with a discount for kids). For schedule details, please check their website.
Shop for toys and sweet treats at Nippon Ichi no Dagashi Uriba.
Nostalgic and childhood Japanese snacks are sold at the Nippon Ichi no Dagashi Uriba (which literally means “Japan’s best snack store”) for as low as ¥10. You can either choose to buy your favorite treats by bulk or by piece. Aside from that, various toys from the ‘90s can also be found here.
The giant snack store was formerly an old warehouse.
Nippon Ichi no Dagashi Uriba (Ohmachi) is located at 1373-5 Higashisue, Osafunecho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (from 9 a.m. on Sundays).
Learn how swords are made at Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum.
The Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum is a type of museum that’s considered very rare in Japan. It doesn’t only display Japanese swords, but also shows how these swords were manufactured.
The special exhibits inside the museum change roughly six times a year. The tour lasts for about an hour.
Special events such as a pocket knife or letter knife-making activity and traditional swordsmith training (held every second Sunday of the month) should also make it to your itinerary.
The compelling sound made when the mallet hits the metal gives the full impact of a traditional metal forging scene.
Bizen Osafune Swords Village, Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum is located at 966 Osafune, Osafunecho, Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except on Mondays (the next day if it falls on a holiday).
Provided by Walkerplus™, Japan Walker™, and Kansai Walker™ (12 March 2019)