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. Take a high speed boat from Takehara to Okunoshima Island and enjoy a magnificent scenery of Seto Inland Sea and its various islands.  You will have a chance to make an own craft made out of bamboo. 

Operation Days

Every Fridays and Saturdays until 27 March, 2021 
(See operation schedule below)  
Roadside station Takehara, Townscape Preservation Districts, Okunoshima Island
Tour Includes
Bus fares, ferry fares, guide service and Bamboo craft making 
A Japanese-speaking guide
Available from 1 month and a day prior to your travel date 
8 hours 10 mins 
Bus Company
Chugoku JR Bus Co., Ltd

Operation Schedule  

2,3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31
6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26

8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30
5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
JPY 5,000
Children (6-12)
JPY 3,000

Departure 09:20
Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Entrance/Exit)
Arrival 10:30
Roadside station Takehara 

Bamboo craft making (Duration: 20mins)

Townscape Preservation District (lunch at your own expense & Sightseeing)
Departure 13:10
Roadside station Takehara
Departure 13:25 
Takehara Port (High speed boat to Okunoshima Island)
Arrival 13:50
Okunoshima Island
Departure 15:25
Okunoshima Island(High speed boat back to Takehara Port)
Arrival  15:50
Takehara Port 
Arrival 17:30
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。

Saihoji Fumeikaku Temple, Townscape Preservation District 

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.

Saihouji Temple is popular film shooting spot, it is located at the highest spot in the preservation district where you can command a spectacular view of the cityscape of Takehara. 

Okunoshima Island

Take a 25-minutes ride from Takehara 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.