Sanin Course
(Shimonoseki-bound)

A trip following the master painter Okyo and tracing historical events

Itinerary
One night & two days, one-way trip.
Departure station
Osaka Station
Final station
Shimonoseki Station
Route
Via Sanin Line

Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)

Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)

  • Sightseeing Places
  • View Spots
  • TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE Route
  • Departure / Final Stations

Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)

Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)

Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)

Kasumi

Kinosakionsen

Amarube Viaduct

higashihama(Global Geopark)

Hagi Reverberatory Furnace(World Heritage Site)

Hagi

Sea of Japan, Western Sanin Region / Fukawa Bay

    AREA
    Kasumi
    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

  • SPOT
    Higashihama (Global Geopark)
    LOCATION
    Between Higashihama Station and Iwami Station
    POINT
    This nature park has Global Geopark status. Enjoy the beauty of the many geographical features which were created over millions of years by the formation of the Sea of Japan.
  • SPOT
    Hagi Reverberatory Furnace
    (World Heritage Site)
    LOCATION
    Between Koshigahama Station and Higashi-Hagi Station
    POINT
    As part of their efforts to strengthen their military power, the domain of Hagi built this melting furnace for the casting of iron cannons. A registered World Heritage Site, it is an important example of industrial technology in its time.
    AREA
    Hagi
    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.

  • SPOT
    Sea of Japan, Western Sanin Region / Fukawa Bay
    LOCATION
    Between Nagatoshi Station and Kiwado Station
    POINT
    An inlet located in the Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Omi-jima Island, which lies across the bay, has a wealth of spectacular sights, including caves, stone pillars and shore reefs. It is known as the Alps of the Sea.

  • AREA
    Kinosaki Onsen
    POINT
    A hot spring town with a history stretching back to the Heian period (794-1185).
    Enjoy strolling through the traditional streets loved by many of Japan's great writers and the places associated with them.
    SPOT
    Visit to Eikitei in Yutouya Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn).
    … Members of the Imperial Family have stayed in this distinguished guest house.
    Visit to Room 26 in the ryokan Mikiya.
    … The famous Japanese writer Naoya Shiga stayed in this room.
    Local traditional craft-making experience
    … 1. Straw craftwork - Attach straw handicrafts to wind chimes and other objects
      2. Leatherwork - Make original small leather items

  • SPOT
    Amarube Viaduct
    LOCATION
    Between Yoroi Station and Amarube Station
    POINT
    This approximately 40-meter-high bridge in Kami-cho, Hyogo Prefecture, is an outstanding spot from which to view the vast Sea of Japan and the beautiful mountain ranges.
  • SPOT
    Higashihama (Global Geopark)
    LOCATION
    Between Higashihama Station and Iwami Station
    POINT
    This nature park has Global Geopark status. Enjoy the beauty of the many geographical features which were created over millions of years by the formation of the Sea of Japan.
  • SPOT
    Hagi Reverberatory Furnace
    (World Heritage Site)
    LOCATION
    Between Koshigahama Station and Higashi-Hagi Station
    POINT
    As part of their efforts to strengthen their military power, the domain of Hagi built this melting furnace for the casting of iron cannons. A registered World Heritage Site, it is an important example of industrial technology in its time.
    AREA
    Hagi
    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.

  • SPOT
    Sea of Japan, Western Sanin Region / Fukawa Bay
    LOCATION
    Between Nagatoshi Station and Kiwado Station
    POINT
    An inlet located in the Kita-Nagato Kaigan Quasi-National Park. Omi-jima Island, which lies across the bay, has a wealth of spectacular sights, including caves, stone pillars and shore reefs. It is known as the Alps of the Sea.

MIZUKAZE bus

The exclusive MIZUKAZE bus takes guests to and from the sightseeing places. The design was supervised by Kazuya URA, the same designer who oversaw the design of the train. The exterior is MIZUKAZE green, with gold emblem lines. The interior has the same carpet design as the train, and green seats to give it a relaxing atmosphere. The bus is pleasant to ride, and it takes you to sightseeing places full of appeal.

*In addition to the MIZUKAZE bus, a bus with a restroom also runs. (The onboard facilities are the same as the MIZUKAZE bus, however the design is not the same.) The buses offer a comfortable way to travel.
*During the journey, all guests will ride the MIZUKAZE bus at least once. On the Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound) and the Sanyo Course (Shimonoseki-bound), guests will be transported between the destination Shimonoseki Station and Kokura Station by the MIZUKAZE bus and the bus with a restroom.
(Bus company: Chugoku JR Bus)