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
    Kinosaki Onsen
    STATION
    Kinosakionsen Station
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)
    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

  • AREA
    Tottori / Higashihama
    STATION
    Tottori Station / Higashihama Station
    COURSE
    Sanyo / Sanin Course(Round tour)
    POINT
    Enjoy the magnificent scenery of Tottori Sand Dunes and Higashihama, a designated Global Geopark, the profound folk craft of Tottori, a traditional fishing method with a long history, and the delights of the sea.
    SPOT
    Stroll on the Tottori Sand Dunes and a visit to The Sand Museum (April, October to November)
    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 March)
    The former Yoshida Clinic - A building constructed by the doctor Shoya YOSHIDA, who is known as the father of Tottori folk craft.
    The Tottori Folk Crafts Museum – with commentary about the exhibits from the curator
    Beach seining experience (May to September)
    For lunch, enjoy an exclusive menu of seafood dishes at AL MARE, which has views of the sea.

  • AREA
    Tottori
    STATION
    Tottori Station
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Osaka-bound)
    POINT
    Tottori - a city with rich natural surroundings
    Enjoy the natural sand dunes, which display a beautiful wave pattern created by the wind, and the stunning sand sculptures at The Sand Museum created by sand sculptors from around the world.
    We will also visit Jinpukaku, a chalk-white French Renaissance-style building constructed in the Meiji period (1868–1912) and named by TOGO Heihachiro.
    SPOT
    Visit to The Sand Museum, and stroll on Tottori Sand Dunes (April to November)
    Visit to The Sand Museum – with commentary about the exhibits from a guide
    Visit to Jinpukaku.
    … See the imperial chamber, which is not normally open to the public, and watch the performing folk art of Kirinjishimai, which is a kind of lion dance

  • AREA
    Unnan / Matsue
    STATION
    Shinji Station / Matsue Station
    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 Suga Shrine which is said to be Japan's frst Shinto shrine.
    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
    STATION
    Izumoshi Station
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (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
    STATION
    Hagi Station / Higashi-Hagi Station
    COURSE
    Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound)
    POINT
    Hagi, a town which cherishes and passes down its history and traditions.
    A visit to Fusoan Miwagama, the workshop of Kyusetsu Miwa 13th generation (the son of the Living National Treasure Kyusetsu Miwa, 11th generation) who makes Hagi ware - pottery with a history of over 400 years, and a visit to places connected to Shoin Yoshida, an intellectual who was influential in the Meiji Restoration (1868).
    SPOT
    Visit to Fusoan Miwagama.
    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.

  • AREA
    Okayama
    STATION
    Okayama Station
    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 Bicchu Kagura, a traditional performance art from the Bicchu region (Okayama Prefecture)
    Stroll around Okayama Korakuen

  • AREA
    Kurashiki
    STATION
    Kurashiki Station
    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).
    * You can visit Ohara Museum of Art which houses works including Annunciation (E1 Greco) and Water Lilies (Claude Monet).

  • AREA
    Onomichi
    STATION
    Onomichi Station
    COURSE
    Sanyo Course (Kyoto-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. In the tea lounge OASES you can enjoy seasonal drinks while looking out over the Japanese-style garden.
    SPOT
    Visit to Hirayama Ikuo Museum of Art

  • AREA
    Miyajima
    STATION
    Miyajimaguchi Station
    COURSE
    Sanyo Course (Kyoto-bound)
    POINT
    A sacred island which has been the object of worship since ancient times. At Itsukushima Shrine, which has a history of over 1,000 years, you can watch traditional performance art and view shrine treasures.
    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)
    * Due to repair work, the grand torii gate is covered with a protective sheet. As such, the complete torii gate cannot be viewed.
    Biwa lute (Japanese short necked lute) recital at the shrine (July to September, January)
    Viewing of the treasure collection (July to September, January)

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    Iwakuni
    STATION
    Iwakuni Station
    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