Art & jeans the ultimate 2 day escape

2 Day Craft & Fashion Tour

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Rent this Art Bike and discover Tamano city | photo Andrea Miyata

Craft & Fashion Tour – 2 Day

This craft and fashion tour lets you enjoy the best of two port cities, Tamano City: gateway to the ‘art islands’ and Kojima City: birthplace of the jeans and textile industry in Japan.


Day 1:
JR train or Ryobi Rainbow Bus to JR Uno Station from JR Okayama Station >> visit Eki Higashi Soko Artists’ Studios & Art Gallery >> stencil art workshop >> lunch >> rent-a-cycle and see art around Tamano City >> Dinner and lodging at Hotel Ars Plage or Diamond Setouchi Marine Hotel.

Day 2:
Breakfast at hotel >> Ryobi taxi to Kojima City >> Seto Ohashi Cruise (1 hour) >> Jeans Street & Nozaki House >> taxi to JR Kojima Station >> return to JR Okayama Station.

About the area

Tamano City is a port town on the southern edge of Okayama Prefecture, but don’t expect a quiet fishing village. Although Tamano is a small city, it is known mainly for being home to Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding, which builds and maintenances some of the largest vessels on the sea, and the multitude of smaller factories and other suppliers that support the main shipbuilding facility.

Although it may sound un-scenic, Tamano City it anything but that. Nestled right up against the Seto Inland Sea, Tamano boasts the prefecture’s largest public swimming beach at Shibukawa. In addition to swimming in summer, special sporting events such as national beach volleyball and beach soccer competitions are held here.

Overlooking the beach, visitors and residents alike can enjoy the stunning view of the sea from the Ojidake Bluffs. The Ojigagake Bluffs are popular at sunrise and sunset but offer a great natural view any time of the day throughout the year; a multitude of walking paths leads out to boulders on the edge of the bluff.

Also noteworthy are the pieces of high quality contemporary art on public display in the downtown area at Uno Port; the pieces are part of the Setouchi Triennale 2014, but are on display year-round.

Additionally, Tamano City boasts the beautiful Miyama Park (with several cafes, a farmers’ market, hiking and walking trails, miniature and regular golf courses, a dog run, rent-a-cycle, an English garden, and seasonal events), the Eki-Higashi Artists’ Studios where visitors can see art being made, and B-class gourmet items such as “Ontama Meshi”, an award-winning fried rice dish topped with a soft-boiled egg and grilled eel.

Tamano City connects with Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture and many of the surrounding islands via ferry, which is easily accessible from the downtown area. Stop by and enjoy great art, great food, and great scenery!

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee