The Seto Inland Sea, which is referred to as Japan's "Mediterranean", is a large body of water in western Japan studded with 700 islands of all sizes. Since ancient times, it has prospered as the primary transportation and trade route in western Japan, and it still retains heavy traces of old Japan. Take a leisurely yacht cruise near Hiroshima Prefecture, explore small remote islands, visit an old pirate fortress and an island of wild rabbits, and stroll through the picturesque port town of Onomichi.
Reporter: Meaghan Ballweg
<div style="text-align: right;"><em>Reporter:</em> Meaghan Ballweg</div><br />Our reporter Meaghan takes a leisurely yacht cruise near Hiroshima, explores small remote islands, and strolls through the picturesque port town of Onomichi.
Hiroshima Kanon Marina: 40 minutes from JR Hiroshima Station
Tsuboki Ryokan<br />30 mins from Hiroshima Sta. by train, then 25 mins by boat<br /><br />Setouchi Seaplanes<br />Seaplanes leave from Onomichi Floating Port, 1 hr by car from Hiroshima Airport or 50 mins by car from Onomichi Sta.
Access to Onomichi<br />Bus, shinkansen, airplane<br />Nearest train stations are Onomichi Sta. and Shin-Onomichi Sta. <br />From Hiroshima Airport it takes about 55 mins by bus.<br /><br />Yamazaki Kiyoharu Cutlery Shop<br />5 mins from Onomichi Sta. on foot<br /><br />Miharashitei & Senko-ji<br />20 mins from Onomichi Sta. on foot<br /><br />Mukai Saketen<br />15 mins on foot from Onomichi Sta., or 2 mins on foot from the city hall bus stop
<div style="text-align: right;"><em>Correspondent:</em> Amy Chavez</div>
Our correspondent introduces the Kasaoka islands in Okayama Prefecture, starting from Shiraishi Island where she lives, and hopping to Kitagi Island and Manabe Island. She recommends beautiful beaches, cycling and trekking through the islands.
Shiraishi Island<br />30 mins by bus from Okayama Airport to Okayama Sta., then 40 mins by train to Kasaoka Sta. Walk 5 mins to the Kasaoka Port-Sumiyoshi Ferry Boarding Dock, and take a high speed craft 22 mins to Shiraishi Is.<br /><br />Kitagi Island<br />36 mins by high-speed craft from the Kasaoka Port-Sumiyoshi Ferry Boarding Dock<br />About 10 mins by ferry from Shiraishi Is.<br /><br />Manabe Island<br />About 44 mins by high-speed boat from the Kasaoka Port-Sumiyoshi Ferry Boarding Dock<br />About 7 mins by ferry from Kitagi Is.<br />About 20 mins by ferry from Shiraishi Is.