Experience the Seto Sea

Ushimado Yacht Sailing

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Photo source | Ushimado Yacht Club Facebook Page

 

Ushimado is the feather in Setouchi City’s cap when it comes to enjoying the spectacular vistas of the Seto Inland Sea, the scenic islands, the delicious food and the warm hospitality.

One of the outstanding features of Ushimado is the sight of sailing vessels at sea. Visitors can share this experience with one of the many charters available. Hotel Limani is a good place to start for chartered cruises of the Seto Inland Sea or transport to some of the outer islands.

Boating enthusiasts will appreciate a visit to Ushimado’s Yacht Harbor, which is home to a stunning array of sailing vessels. The clubhouse is open to the public and it has a great restaurant overlooking the harbor.

Apart from pleasure sailing, Ushimado is a popular venue for university sailing competitions. You can often spot university club members in local stores wearing their team jackets, representing institutions from across the country.

There is also an annual regatta in which dozens of sailing vessels turn the inland sea into a picture post card. Hike up into the hills above the harbor for some the best views of the race.

As far as accommodation goes there are plenty of options available. Some visitors actually come on the their own vessels from abroad but if you are not in that category you can avail yourself of the plethora of cottages, pensions, guesthouses, and  hotels in town.

A night’s stay will give you the chance to have a look at some of the local sights such as Ushimado Shrine, the Kaiyukan Museum and the marvelous Setouchi City Museum of Fine Art.

If you are lucky enough to be in Ushimado in the summer, view the summer festival fireworks from the water and then come ashore for a bite to eat or simply to mingle with thousands of locals and visitors.

 

ABOUT THE AREA

Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they merged to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.

Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in the Oku region of Setouchi City. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.

The landscape of the area is comprised of rolling hills and meandering streams, and is representative of the traditional Japanese countryside. Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand.

The Ushimado region of Setouchi City is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. The Olive Garden is a nice spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous “Bed and Breakfasts”.

 

Access: Take the JR Ako Line from JR Okayama Station to JR Saidai-ji Station. Take the Ryobi Bus bound for Ushimado (Minami Line) to Konno-ura bus stop. It is about a 3 minute walk from Konno-ura bus stop to Ushimado Yacht Harbor.

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