Hiroshima | 8.0h
Expert trip to Ikuchishima/Setoda, a Must-visit Island!
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Discovering a unique island: visiting Greece? Specialty food and art!


We will visit the secret must-see venues! A surprising world awaits for you at Ikuchishima・Setoda town floating in the Seto Inland Sea. Even the Japanese don't know about it.
Ikuchishima, with a population of 10,000, is a peaceful country island with a unique, large temple.
Within the precincts are the gorgeous main temple, a cave with a waterfall representing hell, and a huge Kannonzo. The best part is the white marble garden at the top of the mountain. You will definitely feel lost. If you enjoy interesting and rare places, this trip is for you.
We will rent bikes, see the artwork and visit the beach.
You won't get bored with all the activities such as shopping districts, food, and museums!

Highlights


・Kousanji is a very rare temple in Japan where locals visit and take photos, but is rarely known in other parts of Japan.
Within the precincts are the gorgeous main hall and a five-storied pagoda. You will find a cave with a waterfall and drawings expressing the torture of hell.
After walking through the cave, you will arrive at the big Kannonzo statue. Once you have climbed up the mountain, you will come to a garden made with white marble!
・At the shopping district, you will enjoy delicious food only found here, such as the famous granny's croquette, dried octopus, and dishes using lemon.
・Ikuo Hirayama, a painter representing Japan, had a house in Ikuchishima. You will find many museums with beautiful paintings built because of him.

Attractions


・Oyatsu to Yamaneko: A cute shop famous for its take-out pudding. It's been featured on TV and in magazines, and when young women talk about Onomichi, the pudding is at the top of the list. It is that famous! The thick creamy pudding is in a small bottle which will make you want to take photos.
・Setouchi Cruising: Let's head to Ikuchishima's Setoda port from our meeting point, Onomichi! We will take a rapid ferry through the calm Seto Inland Sea.
Get prepared to visit the island while feeling the ocean wind.
・Shiomachi Shopping District: A shopping district with traditional small shops with a nostalgic feeling. Many products are using Ikuchishma's specialties, "lemon" and "octopus", so it should be interesting just looking at some of the rare food. You cannot miss out on the walk while eating the famous granny's croquette and a huge roasted chicken!
・Kousanji: Ikuchishima is about this shrine! Within the solemn precincts are a waterfall, paintings of hell, and statues of god.
Once you walk through the exciting cave and arrive at the top of the mountain, you will be in "Italy"!? In front of you will be modern art surrounded by white marble and the ocean!
・Dolce Setoda: A popular gelato specialty shop regardless of the season. We recommend the gelato made with Setoda's lemon and mandarin! Let's take a short break with some sweets♪
・Ikuo Hirayama Museum of Art: A museum located in Setoda which is where the Japanese painter Ikuo Hirayama was from. You can see how he developed his talent during his childhood.
It is also a wonderful museum where you can learn Hiroshima's history, Buddhism and its connection to the world.
・Island's restaurant Sayo: You can enjoy Setoda's famous octopus rice and lemon ramen at a reasonable price. Let's enjoy a meal made with freshly caught and picked produce, only found here. Experience a Japanese way of ordering lunch by buying a ticket before your meal.
・Setodacho Tourist Information Center: Let's rent a bike and go off to look at the beautiful island's ocean! There is plenty of artwork on the island which we can find as we travel by bike.
・Setoda Sunset Beach: As you can imagine by the name, it is a beach that has a gorgeous sunset! The scenery along the ocean is, of course, beautiful but the view will trick you into thinking that you have come to the Southern Islands.
・Kojoji Temple: The national treasure of a three-storied pagoda was built at the top of the mountain. Although it is a national treasure, it has a somewhat lonely atmosphere because it blends into the island's scenery which is also another good point of this temple. Take a deep breath and take your time refreshing.

Notes

・Please wear comfortable clothing as this tour involves a lot of walking.
・The tour begins and ends in different locations. If you would like to change the location of where the tour ends, please consult with your tour guide.
・This tour includes a lunch/dinner venue.
・"Island's restaurant Sayo" is closed on Mondays and if any of the scheduled places are closed on the day you visit, your tour guide will take you to an alternate location.

Expenses Not Included

The travel expense is not included in the tour fee. Please bring extra money to experience this tour to its fullest.
(Entrance fees, transportation fees, activity fees, etc. - at least about JPY5,000 /person)

Meeting Point

At the Ticket exit of Onomichi station



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