Getting to Setouchi
There are 3 stations in Setouchi. All of them are located on the JR Ako Line, reachable from Okayama to the west and Banshu Ako Station to the east. Each of these stations provides access to different sites (Oku Station's are not all within walking distance of the station, but they have buses to the sites as well as taxis. Taxis are also the most convenient way to reach the Bizen Osafune Token Village from Osafune Station although walking is possible).
Osafune Station: Bizen Fukuoka Museum, Fukuoka Historic Houses, Kyoisan Myokoji Temple, Bizen Osafune Token Village (Bizen Sword sites), Jigan-in Temple, Yukie Shrine
Oku Station: Oku Hometown Museum, Kadota Shell Mound Historical Park, Yumeiji Seika and Yumeji Sanso, Joenji Temple, Anraku-in Temple, Komyo-in Temple, Ushimado (Olive Garden, Harbor, Honrenji, Cultural Museum, etc.)
Buses to Ushimado pass the Yumeji sites and pathway to Joenji on the way to/from Ushimado.
Odomi Station: Yokeiji Temple
(There are more sites but these are some of the most popular/famous)
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
How To Get To Ushimado Villa
* JR RAILWAY SERVICE
From Okayama Station, proceed on JR Ako Line to Oku Station (25min.). From Oku, proceed by bus or taxi (see below).
FROM OSAKA : 3hours
Sanyo Expressway (Exit at Bizen I.C.) => Okayama Blue Line (Exit at Oku I.C.) => Take Route 39 for Ushimado
FROM HIROSHIMA : 2.5hours
Seto Chuo Expressway (Exit at Hayashima I.C.) => National Route 2 => from Kimitsu, take Okayama Blue Line (Exit at Oku I.C.) => Take Route 39 for Ushimado
* RYOBI BUS - From Oku Station, take a bus for Ushimado and get off at Konnoura Bus Stop (approx.25min.). From Okayama Station, take a bus for Saidaiji from platform #9 (approx.35min.,regular service). Change to a bus for Ushimado at Saidaiji Bus Center (approx. 40min., hourly service). Get off at Konnoura Bus Stop.
* TAXI - From Oku Station to Ushimado Town Hall : 13km, approx. 20min.
Hiring a car is by far the easiest way to get there and to get around once there, but you can do it by public transport easily too.
- Road Trip