Sanyo Course
(Kyoto-bound)

A trip to admire the beauty of the Setouchi area

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

Sanyo Course (Kyoto-bound)

  • Sightseeing Places
  • View Spots
  • TWILIGHT EXPRESS MIZUKAZE Route
  • Departure / Final Stations
Sanyo Course (Kyoto-bound)

Seto Inland Sea / Obatake Seto (Setonaikai National Park)

Miyajimaguchi Station

Seto Inland Sea / Mihara Seto (Setonaikai National Park)

Onomichi Station

Onomichi Channel (Setonaikai National Park)

Wake

Akashi Kaikyo (Setonaikai National Park)

  • SPOT
    Seto Inland Sea / Obatake Seto (Setonaikai National Park)
    LOCATION
    Between Obatake Station and Yanai Station
    POINT
    Located between Yanai City and Suo-Oshima Island, the strait boasts one of Japan’s three fastest tidal streams. The ships sailing under Oshima Ohashi, the world’s second longest continuous truss bridge, create a magnificent sight.
  • AREA
    Miyajima
    STATION
    Miyajimaguchi Station
    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)

  • SPOT
    Seto Inland Sea / Mihara Seto (Setonaikai National Park)
    POINT
    From Mihara Station, runs on the Kure Line along the Seto Inland Sea. Enjoy the beauty of numerous various-sized islands on the shimmering sea.
  • AREA
    Onomichi
    STATION
    Onomichi Station
    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

  • SPOT
    Onomichi Channel (Setonaikai National Park)
    LOCATION
    Between Higashi-Onomichi Station and Itozaki Station
    POINT
    The channel separates central Onomichi and Mukai-shima Island. Many movies and TV dramas have been set in this stunning location, which features sights including the Onomichi Bridge straddling the channel, shipyards on Mukai-shima Island and ferries traveling back and forth.
  • SPOT
    Wake
    LOCATION
    Between Yoshinaga Station and Wake Station
    POINT
    Wake, Okayama Prefecture, is blessed with an abundance of nature. The sweeping views of the idyllic Japanese countryside from the train windows will soothe your mind.
  • SPOT
    Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (Setonaikai National Park)
    LOCATION
    Between Tarumi Station and Maiko Station
    POINT
    The world’s longest suspension bridge with a span of 3,911 m. It connects Kobe City and Awaji Island. The contrast between the colossal bridge, the sea and the sky and the greenery of the island is a stunning sight seen nowhere else.

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. On the Sanin Course (Shimonoseki-bound) and the Sanyo Course (Shimonoseki-bound) it is also used to transport guests from Shimonoseki Station, the final stop, to Kokura Station.