Ushimado is one of the three towns that make up Setouchi City and is situated on the coast of the Seto Inland Sea. It is a popular destination for visitors from around the world due to its seaside resort feel and Edo era charm. This historical trading hub has been transformed into a resort town with thousands of visitors attracted to the wonder of the coastal views.
When you enter the town, especially from Route 28, you will notice that there is a mixture of dwellings, from typical Japanese-style homes to seasonal vacation cottages. Whether you look up into the hills or focus your attention along the coast, you will see that people are clamoring for their place in this paradise by the sea.
Some of the major attractions in Ushimado include the lush hilltop Olive Garden, the Yacht Harbor and the well-preserved Edo era townscape. You will find merchant houses, traditional storehouses and shops that will take you back in time. Foodies will love the town’s impressive selection of restaurants and eateries, which offer a wide range of cuisine, from seafood to vegetarian fare.
Other points of interest in Ushimado include the Setouchi City Museum of Art, which is housed in a building adjacent to the town hall. It is notable for its collection of paintings with the local landscape as the subject matter.
Near the town center you will come across the Kaiyukan Museum. This Meiji era former police station stands out due to its facade of pink painted walls and its decidedly Western architectural appearance. It is dedicated to the historical Edo era visit made by Korean officials and their massive procession that passed through the town.
Access: Take the JR Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Saidaiji Station. Take the Ryobi Bus bound for Ushimado (Minami Line) until the last stop.
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