Shinkansen eases trips from Kansai to Setouchi, Hiroshima

Jun 25, 2019

Shinkansen eases trips from Kansai to Setouchi, Hiroshima

The picturesque Seto Inland Sea area of western Japan is a popular tourist destination, home to a variety of scenic beauty, historic attractions and a rich culinary heritage. The region is a hop away from major Kansai cities such as Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. It's ...

History, botanical wonders and the arts await in Okayama

Jun 25, 2019

History, botanical wonders and the arts await in Okayama

Okayama Prefecture is blessed with minimal rain and mild temperatures, making the area famous for high-quality fruit. However, travelers to the area will find a bounty beyond delicious produce. Recommended historic spots include Okayama Korakuen Garden, which dates back about 300 years and was awarded ...

Grand views from unique trains

Jun 25, 2019

Grand views from unique trains

West Japan Railway Co. operates many uniquely designed and themed sightseeing trains throughout its vast network covering 18 prefectures. Sightseeing trains, including steam locomotives, differ from typical commuter and express trains and offer passengers relaxed travel in an elaborately decorated setting. Mainly running on weekends and ...