Sanyo Course
(Shimonoseki-bound)

A trip through the history of the Setouchi area

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

Sanyo Course (Shimonoseki-bound)

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

Akashi Kaikyo (Setonaikai National Park)

Wake

Kurashiki Station

Onomichi Channel (Setonaikai National Park)

Iwakuni Station

Seto Inland Sea / Obatake Seto (Setonaikai National Park)

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AREA
    Kurashiki
    STATION
    Kurashiki Station
    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).

  • 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.
  • AREA
    Iwakuni
    STATION
    Iwakuni Station
    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

  • 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.

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.