Sightseeing Places

Exclusive MIZUKAZE guest-only experiences along the route.

The journey on TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE includes one sightseeing stop per day, giving you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history, culture and spectacular scenery along the route. In addition to trips to popular sightseeing spots, we have prepared exclusive experiences, which include visits to little-known idyllic locations, tours of facilities not normally open to the public, and viewing of artistic masterpieces not on general display.

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  • Sanin Area
  • Sanyo Area
    AREA
    Kasumi
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)
    POINT
    Daijo-ji Temple has 165 works (Important Cultural Properties) by the legendary Kyoto painting master Maruyama Okyo and his apprentices. You can experience the space of a three-dimensional mandala, created by sliding doors with pictures which have been carefully designed. You can also enter the Oukyoreihouko, which is not normally open to the public, and view sliding doors with drawings by Okyo himself.
    SPOT
    Visit to Daijo-ji Temple
    …with commentary from the deputy chief priest
    Viewing of the Oukyoreihouko

    AREA
    Tottori / Higashihama
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Shin-Osaka-bound)Sanyo / Sanin Course(Round tour)
    POINT
    We will visit the Tottori Folk Crafts Museum, which displays genuine folk crafts collected by Shoya Yoshida, the father of Tottori folk crafts. We will also visit the former Yoshida Clinic, which is not normally open to the public.
    At the Tottori Sand Dunes, which were created by nature, you can enjoy the natural beauty of patterns created by the wind. At The Sand Museum, you can see beautiful sand sculptures made by artists from around the world.
    SPOT
    Stroll on Tottori Sand Dunes, and visit to The Sand Museum (May to November)
    Visit to The Sand Museum – with commentary about the exhibits from a guide
    Visit to the former Yoshida Clinic and the Tottori Folk Crafts Museum (December to April)
    Former Yoshida Clinic – A building designed by the doctor Shoya Yoshida, who is known as the father of Tottori folk crafts.
    Tottori Folk Crafts Museum – Commentary about the exhibits from the curator
    Breakfast : Enjoy dishes made using unique ingredients from along the route at the restaurant AL MARE.

    AREA
    Unnan / Matsue
    COURSE
    Sanyo / Sanin Course(Round tour)
    POINT
    A visit to Unnan, the site of the historic Japanese ironmaking method of Tatara and the legend of Yamata-no-Orochi (Eight-Forked Serpent), and a visit to Matsue, where tea culture continues to flourish.
    SPOT
    Visit to Sugaya Tatara Sannai, the area with Japan's only Tatara ironmaking furnace.
    Visit to the Residence and old Japanese storehouses of Tanabe family who were considered Japan's leading "kings of mountains and forests".
    Izumo Kagura performance
    Visit to Meimei-an, a teahouse built in the Edo period (1603-1868) and enjoy green tea service.
    Lunch : Regional cuisine at a thatched house "Shoku no Mori Muroyama Noen Kayabuki no Ie"

  • AREA
    Izumo
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Shin-Osaka-bound)
    POINT
    A visit to Izumo Taisha Shrine, famous for its dedication to the god of marriage and god of fortune in Izumo, which is known as the land where gods gather and as the home of legends.
    SPOT
    Visit to Izumo Taisha Shrine

    AREA
    Hagi
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)
    POINT
    Hagi, a town which cherishes and passes down its history and traditions.
    A visit to places connected to Shoin Yoshida, who provided spiritual support in the Meiji Restoration (1868), and a visit to the nationally designated Important Cultural Property garden and residence of the wealthy merchant Kikuya family, who were purveyors to the Hagi Domain.
    SPOT
    Visit to Shoin Shrine / Shoka Sonjuku (World Heritage Site). Lecture and commentary by the Shinto priest.
    * Shinto ("the way of God") is the indigenous faith of Japanese people.
    Kikuya Family Residence – Accompanied by a guide, and viewing of the garden Shinniwa
    Breakfast : Enjoy dishes made using unique ingredients from along the route at Koufuku no Chisouya Umenoha.

  • AREA
    Okayama
    COURSE
    Sanyo / Sanin Course(Round tour)
    POINT
    Visit to Okayama Korakuen, a garden which retains views from the Edo period (1603-1868) and constructed by Ikeda Tsunamasa, the 2nd generation lord of the Okayama domain.
    SPOT
    Special viewing of Enyotei, a building from which you can see the scenery inside and outside the garden.
    Viewing of the Noh stage
    Stroll around Okayama Korakuen

  • AREA
    Kurashiki
    COURSE
    Sanyo Course (Shimonoseki-bound)
    POINT
    Kurashiki is a retro-modern city with Japanese and Western influences.
    Visit Yurinso, a villa not normally open to the public, and enjoy free time strolling around Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter.
    SPOT
    Visit to Yurinso, built as a residence for the noted Ohara family of Kurashiki.
    This villa is not normally open to the public.
    Stroll around Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter (a beautiful sight area).

  • AREA
    Onomichi
    COURSE
    Sanyo Course (Osaka-bound)
    POINT
    Hirayama Ikuo made numerous journeys across the Silk Road in search of the origins of Japanese culture. You can learn about his life and episodes related to the creation of his famous works, while also viewing his art.
    SPOT
    Visit to Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

  • AREA
    Miyajima
    COURSE
    Sanyo Course (Osaka-bound)
    POINT
    A sacred island which has been the object of worship since ancient times. At Itsukushima Shrine(World Heritage Site), which has a history of over 1,000 years, you can watch traditional performance art and view a treasure collection.
    SPOT
    Formal worship at Itsukushima Shrine
    Bugaku (Japanese court dance and music) performance on the stage at Itsukushima Shrine (April to June, October to December, February to March)
    Biwa lute (Japanese short necked lute) recital at the shrine (July to September, January)
    Viewing of the treasure collection(July to September, January)
    * Due to repair work, the grand torii gate is covered with a protective sheet. As such, the complete torii gate cannot be viewed.

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    Iwakuni
    COURSE
    Sanyo Course (Shimonoseki-bound)
    POINT
    Iwakuni flourished as a castle town of the Kikkawa clan.
    Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Sengoku period (late 15th century - late 16th century) with a visit to Kikkawa Historical Museum, which houses a collection of materials from that era, and viewing of a matchlock firearms performance.
    SPOT
    Visit to Kintaikyo Bridge, one of Japan's Three Famous Bridges.
    Visit to Kikkawa Historical Museum, a museum about the Kikkawa clan, the old feudal lords of Iwakuni.
    Viewing of Iwakuni Clan firearms performance