Off the Beaten Track in Southern Okayama
We start our journey from Fukuyama in southeastern Hiroshima Prefecture bound for Kurashiki in southwestern Okayama Prefecture via JR and the Ibara Railway. The area once prospered on cotton cultivation and textile production. The traditional weaving techniques are used today to make denim, and brocade items for temples and shrines. We also visit historic townscapes dating back to the 16th through 18th centuries, and taste some local sweets. At our destination, we encounter masterpieces of art.
Traditional industries still survive in the area
We visit a factory that makes lush brocade woven with traditional designs
Savor a full-course meal made with local produce
Furniture made from bamboo felled in the nearby mountains