Enjoy Takehara: Townscape Preservation District & Okunoshima Island

The tour takes you to the major attractions of Takehara city, departing from the Hiroshima station: Townscape Preservation District, known as “the little Kyoto of Aki” ( former name of Hiroshima), where has a tranquil and calm atmosphere and Okunoshima Island, famous for “the rabbit island” nationwide. You will have a chance to make an own craft made out of bamboo. 

Operation Days
Tuesdays & Fridays, except Japan public holidays 
Roadside station Takehara, Townscape Preservation Districts (incl. The Morikawa House), Okunoshima Island
Bus fares, ferry fares, guide service, Bamboo craft making and Takehara Sightseeing Pass 
A Japanese-speaking guide
Available from 1 month and a day prior to your travel date 
8 hours 40 mins
Bus Company
Chugoku JR Bus Co., Ltd

Operation Schedule 
Oct 2019
1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29
Nov 2019
1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
Dec 2019
3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24
Jan 2020
7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Feb 2020
4, 7, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Mar 2020
3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 24
JPY 5,000
JPY 3,000
Departure 09:20
Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Entrance/Exit)
Arrival 10:30
Roadside station Takehara 

Bamboo craft making (Duration: 40mins)


Townscape Preservation District (lunch at your own expense & Sightseeing)
*Takehara Sightseeing Pass is included (free admission to Matsusaka Mansion, Takehara Municipal Museum of History & Folklore, Morikawa House & Mitsumoto House) 
Departure 13:30
Roadside station Takehara
13:50 - 14:05
Tadanoumi Station (Tadanoumi Port), Omishima Ferry
Arrival 14:20
Okunoshima Island
16:06 - 16:20
Omishima Ferry
Departure 16:30
Tadanoumi Station (Tadanoumi Port)
Arrival 18:00
Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Entrance/Exit)

Roadside Station Takehara

Roadside station Takehara was opened in 2010, located at the entrance to the Townscape Reservation District, where features a restaurant, market, and tourist information center. Local farmers, craft makers, and sake brewers bring their own products and specialty daily to offer at the market. The restaurant offers uniquely arranged French cuisines cooked with fresh ingredients produced in the surrounding area.  竹原の特産品、竹原の地酒、竹原の竹細工など、「竹原ならでは」の逸品が勢ぞろい。竹原の特産品、竹原の地酒、竹原の竹細工など、「竹原ならでは」の逸品が勢ぞろい。

Townscape Preservation District ( The Morikawa House)

Takehara was flourished as a center of salt and sake production between the 17th and 19th century. Its old town is known as "Little Kyoto" due to the number of traditional wooden buildings preserved, where takes visitors back to the old days of the Edo era.

The Morikawa House constructed in 1916 was the palatial warehouse residence in the Townscape Preservation District, which was built on the land that had been the first salt field during the Edo era. Its house represents the wealth and prominence of the region, using the architectural styles of the Edo era. Takehara city registered its House as an Important Cultural asset of the city. 塩田経営を背景に作られた大正時代の質の高い住宅建築(大正5年頃移築)です。主屋の他に離れ座敷・茶室・土蔵など屋敷構がそのまま残っています。茶室は小堀遠州流の茶人、不二庵(ふじあん)が設計されたものと言われています。竹原塩田の1番浜跡地に建てられた豪邸であり、竹原市の重要文化財に指定されています。

Okunoshima Island

Take a 15-minutes ferry ride from Tadanoumi Port and you will meet hundreds of wild rabbits as soon as you land the island. Okunoshima Island is a small island, called “Rabbit Island” in a circumference of 4.2km with beautiful beaches and an incredible view of the inland sea from its summit. You can interact with the rabbits by feeding them. It is a part of the Seto Inland Sea National Park which contains accommodation facilities, a camp site, a hot spring, local delicacies and a visitor center.