Have you already been to Tokyo, Kyoto or any places tourists usually mass to, and want to see something new? Or maybe you simply want to experience a different aspect of the Japanese culture and have a feel of how life is in the quiet and beautiful Japanese countryside? Exploring Shiomachi Karakoto Street, the main street of the port town of Ushimado, will give you just that, with a bucket load of history with it.

Even though it is no longer a street bustling with merchants and sailors coming from all around Japan, the street has kept its original aspect making it easy to imagine how life must have been like in an important port town of the Seto Inland Sea back in the days when ships were the main transport system.

As you stroll down the street, you will encounter old merchant houses transformed into cafes, small art galleries or simply communal resting places. There also a handful of small local restaurants held by local Oba-sans (grandmother) and Oji-sans (grandfathers) where you can enjoy some deliciously fresh homemade cooking !

For the history lovers out there, have a look at the old bank now turned into a exhibition hall full of pictures of the area dating back to the early 20th century, or the museum dedicated to the Korean delegation that used to stop by Ushimado in the 17th-18th century on their way to Edo (present day Tokyo). Check out the map in the link below for more information.

/ Price & Opening Hours

Free entry

Location

Shiomachi Karakoto Street

3895 Ushimadocho Ushimado, Setouchi, Okayama 701-4302

Access

By public transport:

Board a train from Okayama station to Oku station on the Ako line (around 30 min).

At Oku station, take the bus to Ushimado (bus stop right in front of the station) and get off at the last stop in front of the Limani hotel (around 20 min).

Or

Take a 15 min taxi ride from Oku station around 2800 yen one way

By car:

Take the Blue Line and get off at the Oku Exit. Then follow the signs indicating ‘Ushimado’. Around 50 minutes.