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Okayama | 5.5h
Kurashiki Cycling Tour with a Great View of the Setouchi Blue
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Cycling along the railway and visiting jeans stores in Koima!


Kojima is a scenic port town located in the southern part of Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, and has prospered since ancient times as a strategic point for maritime traffic in the Seto Inland Sea. 
Due to its geographical characteristics, the town has developed export-heavy industries, such as textiles, shipping, and salt manufacturing to meet the changing needs of the times.
On this tour, you will use an electric-assist bicycle to fully enjoy the highlights of Kojima in a single day.

For our first activity, you will ride along an unusual bike path converted from a train track. Weaving through the houses and roads, you mayl feel like you yourself have become a train riding through the tracks.
Afterwards, at Washuzan Observatory, you will enjoy a magnificent 360° panoramic view of the sky and sea. Next you will visit Kojima Jeans Street, introduced in the Michelin Guide as the "Jeans Capital of Japan", a perfect place for jean lovers.
In addition, you will also visit other spots where you can feel history and the daily life of the people living in Kojima.

Setouchi's sea and sky, and jeans. Let's go on a journey of nature and industry connected by blue.

Highlights


・Have a rare experience of cycling on the remains of a train track.
・Enjoy spectacular views of the sea, and islands of Setouchi.
・The restaurant is run by a local chef and offers seafood from the local fishing port.
・Visit the birthplace of Japanese jeans manufacturing, introduced in the Michelin Guide, where you can enjoy the individuality of each jean manufacturer's products.

Attractions


・Kojima Industrial Promotion Center, Kurashiki City: In our first stop, you will rent a pedal-assist electric bicycle to use on the tour, making it easier to cycle up hills. The basket of the bicycle is decorated with Kojima's specialty, jeans. 
・Kaze no Michi (Former Kojima Station): This is a cycling path that has been converted from a railroad track where trains used to run. You will cycle the 6 kilometre route winding between houses and roads. As there are no cars and almost no traffic lights, you can freely ride along like the wind. 
・Ruins of Kinkai Station: The area around the remains of Kinkai Station is a cycling path where you can enjoy nature. The scenery is throughout the path is quite unique, with views of the Seto Inland Sea and tunnels made of wood. You may also enjoy a chat with the locals taking a walk in the path. 
・Mt. Washuzan (Washuzan Observatory): This observatory is located near the top of Mt. Washuzan. There are several different observation decks, and you can enjoy many different views of the beautiful islands of the Seto Inland Sea, and the magnificent Seto Ohashi Bridge. The 360° panoramic view from the observatory deck located at the top of the mountain is especially impressive. 
・Shimotsui Shipping Agent Museum: Shimotsui is a port town located in the southern part of the Kojima area, which flourished through its ship trading industry. This is a museum where you can learn about its history. The surrounding townscape, which still retains the atmosphere of that time, is also worth a visit, and you can also enjoy dishes made with local ingredients at a nearby restaurant.
・Former Nozaki Family Residence: This museum tells the history of Kojima, a city that has developed not only thanks to its textile industry, but also its salt industry. The building is one of the oldest and most gorgeous buildings in town, worth a visit to see the beautiful garden and the display of daily necessities that show how people lived back in the day.
・Kojima Jeans Street: A street full of jeans stores. Kojima is the birthplace of jeans manufacturing in Japan, and it is a holy place for jeans lovers. You can shop and compare from a variety of unique denim brands all at once, and find the perfect pair for you. Some products are also only available here.

Notes

・In the event of bad weather on the day of the tour, the means of transportation, destinations, and routes may be changed.
・The ""Former Nozaki Family Residence"" is closed on Mondays. Please also note that if any of the other locations are temporarily closed, they may be replaced by other locations.

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 JPY2,700 /person)

Meeting Point

Kojima Station



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