Your Japan 2020 Exclusive travel deals and offers of SETOUCHI

Discover Fresh Bustling Places at Mt. Rokko National Park
Dōgo Reborn Project & Dogo Art 2019/2020
Nagato Yumoto Onsen District Renovation
Ozu Castle, Ozu Castle Town Hotel
Luxurious Catamaran Yacht Cruises in the Seto Inland Sea
Hiroshima-Miyajima island round trip “Galaxy Cruise,” window seating guaranteed.
Sustainable Tourism Nishi-Awa
Setouchi Shimanami Kaido International Cycling Event “CYCLING SHIMANAMI 2020”
NIPPONIA HOTEL Takehara Saltworks Town 〜 Experience life in a Setouchi saltworks town ~

Discover Fresh Bustling Places at Mt. Rokko National Park

Overview

Mt. Rokko National Park near Kobe overflows with nature. Its location provides one-of-a-kind charm. Mt. Maya provides one of the three most beautiful night views in all of Japan, and boasts the name “the 10 Million Dollar Night View.” 
A variety of hiking trails lie among Mt. Rokko’s attractions, and many tourist facilities, also accessible by cable car, await at the mountain top.
In recent years more and more new facilities have opened, so you can expect Mt. Rokko National Park to grow even livelier. Mountaintop temperatures average 5 C° colder than in the city, so you can stay cool even in summer.

Benefits

【Overview of newly opened facilities】

● Rokkosan Silence Resort
The former Rokkosan Hotel, one of the symbols of Rokkosan (which closed business in 2017), reopened in July 2019 as Rokkosan Silence Resort in the remodeled old building (1st floor gallery, 2nd floor cafe) and observation grill restaurant. Recognized as an Industrial Modernization Heritage Site, the beautifully revitalized former Rokkosan Hotel combines history, nature, and an arresting view.
* Restaurant now open, accommodations will open soon.
https://rokkosansilence-resort.com/en/ (English)

● Hotel Rokko Geihinkan (Opening March 19th, 2020)
Newly opened resort hotel. Relax in restaurants and cafes offering a full course of Japanese and Western dishes made from local ingredients. Enjoy the beauty of nature, magnificent mountaintop views, and a spacious natural hot spring bath. Day use is also possible. Many other facilities will open in 2020 on Mt. Rokkosan, so check back soon!

● (tentative name) Ikenohotori Restaurant
A new restaurant will open on the north side of Rokkosan Hotel beside Hankyu Pond. Discover a perfect dining environment where hotel visitors, travellers, and hikers alike can unwind in comfort.

● (tentative name) Rokkosan Center House
A new event center next to Hotel Rokko Geihinkan. Using flat land on the mountain, various exhibitions and special events held here will enliven the area.

● (tentative name) AXAS Rokko distillery
Ryoko National Park will renovate a recreation facility and transform it into a distillery where you can sample original whiskeys and spirits made using water from Mt. Rokko.

Click here for more information on Mt. Rokko.
https://kobe-rokko.jp/en/

Information

Venue Address

Kobe-shi, Hyogo

Venue Name and info

Rokkosan area accommodation and sightseeing spots

Dōgo Reborn Project & Dogo Art 2019/2020

Overview

From now through 2024, Dōgo Onsen Honkan, a famous public bathhouse, will undergo conservation and repair work as an Important National Cultural Asset. To communicate its unique charm during the restoration period, the “Dōgo REBORN Project” was developed in collaboration with Tezuka Osamu’s “Hi no tori (Pheonix).” Also, in the Dōgo Onsen area, you’ll discover Dogo Art 2019 and 2020 and its “Himitsujanai Kichi Project” (six participatory art projects), supervised by Katsuhiko Hibino, director of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts.

Benefits

➀Dōgo REBORN project
The exhibition includes works such as an original anime by Tezuka Production, projection mapping of the animation, decoration of the bare roof for restoration work, and wrapping art depicting huge phoenixes and historical picture scrolls of Dōgo Onsen.

② Dogo Art 2019/2020
An annual art event at Dōgo Onsen held every year since 2014. Dogo Art 2019/2020 is a participatory art project (not merely an exhibition) that you can enjoy alongside many talented artists, including the project’s lead artist, Katsuhiko Hibino.

Information

Venue Address

Matsuyama-shi, Ehime

Venue Name and info

Facilities around Dōgo Onsen

[Information for Dogo Art 2019/ 2020]
Dogo Art 2019/2020 Information Center
Phone: + 81-89-907-5930
Email: kumiai@dogo.or.jp
Available languages: English
[Information for Dōgo Reborn Project]

Nagato Yumoto Onsen District Renovation

Overview

On the bank of the mountain stream Otozure River which flows through the center of Nagato Yumoto’s Onsen District stands Otozure River Terrace, the first place in Yamaguchi Prefecture to build a riverbed terrace. Experience the river’s charm as a fresh activity in this historic hot spring town. Indulge yourself in the offerings of a takeout menu, or enjoy a catered party amid the murmur of a river scene delightful in all seasons.

March 2020 will mark the grand opening of Hoshino Resorts KAI Nagato and the renewal of the unusual hot spring facility “Onto,” where you can take a bath while watching volcanically heated water spring straight from the bedrock — a rarity in Japan.

Benefits

・ A large-scale project in partnership with Hoshino Resorts, which has bases in Japan and overseas.

・ Visit the first place in Yamaguchi Prefecture to develop riverbed terraces, climb bamboo grove stairs which will lift you from everyday life, or enjoy the seasonal delights of cherry blossom groves and stairways draped in red maple leaves.
・ See Original Yumoto Lanterns which change brightness according to the time of day, and which follow a special lighting program during the firefly season. The perfect place for an evening stroll.
・ Events are held on the riverside terrace, Gangi Square, and bridges along the Otozure River which flows through the center of this hot spring hot spot.

・ Akebono Cafe is the first Hoshino Resorts brand to specialize in takeout. It sells dorayaki pastries and drinks using Yamaguchi Prefecture’s original citrus “Yuzukichi” and summer mandarin jam. A perfect companion on a stroll through a lovely spa town.
・ Onto-shoku Restaurant stands opposite to Onto Bathhouse, and features cuisine crafted from local ingredients with a focus on the local Nagato specialty chicken and tofu. In addition, Onto-shoku Restaurant serves sweets using Nagato chicken eggs, herbal tea from Yamaguchi, regional sake, organic wine, and more. Their pocket-sized takeout menu will enhance your scenic strolls.
・ New souvenir shops and bars will open soon, so please check back in to see the further evolution of Nagato Yumoto Onsen.

Information

Venue Address

Nagato-shi, Yamaguchi

Venue Name and info

Nagato Yumoto Onsen

Nagato City Tourism Convention Association
Phone: + 81-837-27-0074
Email: info@nanavi.jp
Available languages: English

Ozu Castle, Ozu Castle Town Hotel

Overview

In April 2020, a full-fledged stay in a real wooden castle keep (tower) will become available in Shikoku’s castle town of Ozu. The program will be provided by Value Management, operating hotels and restaurants in historic buildings nationwide. Value Management, which had the honor of supplying the venue for world leaders at the G20 Osaka Summit Dinner, will present this unique castle stay under the concept, “Timeless Stories Waiting for You.” As Japan’s first year-round castle stay in a wooden keep, this amazing experience will plunge you into Japan’s feudal past, and share Japanese historical culture and castle building technology with the world.

Campaign benefit application/applicable period
Starting from April 2020

Number of people eligible for benefits
Castle stays are limited to one group per day, about 30 days a year, primarily in spring and autumn.

Disclaimer
[Castle Stay]
1,000,000 yen or more per night
Operation hours: from 5 pm (after general viewing time ends) to 9 am of next morning

Benefits

【Castle Stay】
・ A Japan first! Year-round accommodation experience in a real wooden donjon.
・ Experience the life of a feudal lord in a real, historically renovated castle, including a meal that makes the most of local luxury.
・ Exclusive plan limited to one group per day.

■ Example Program
・ Full-fledged Nyujyo (castle entering ceremony) — a historical reenactment of the triumphant entering of the castle by Lord Kato Sadayasu in 1617, complete with a cavalry parade and real gunpowder salute from rifle squadrons.
・ Castle Tour — receive a guided tour of the castle by your personal Karo (principle retainer) equipped with a historic map.
・ Evening Banquet — cuisine crafted from locally selected ingredients accompanied by traditional performing arts.
・ Castle Bath — a bath overlooking the illuminated Ozu castle.
・ Tsukimi — Moon viewing from the Koranyagura (tower balustrade).
・ Rest — Bed down on the first floor of the wooden keep.
・ Breakfast — Breakfast in the quiet tranquility of “Garyu Sanso” (Castle Town Hotel).

【Castle Town Hotel】
・ Renovated Machiya (townhouses) serve as lodgings, rendering the entire castle town into a hotel.
・ Historical buildings in the area have become restaurants or reenactment facilities, allowing you to experience culture and history in this amazing castle town.

Information

Venue Address

Ozu-shi, Ehime

Venue Name and info

Ozu Castle,Ozu Castle Town Hotel

Value Management
Email: info@vmc.co.jp
Available languages: English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish

Luxurious Catamaran Yacht Cruises in the Seto Inland Sea

Overview

Uno Port in Okayama Prefecture serves as the gateway to Naoshima, known worldwide for contemporary art. From here, you will sail to Naoshima, Teshima, Inujima, Shodoshima, and other islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Lose yourself in the colors of the ocean spreading out before you, and enjoy an island-hopping tour where you can see nature, art, and people’s livelihoods from the comfort of a yacht cruise. Feel the quiet charm of life away from the bustling city. In addition, you can stay at KUJIRA-JIMA, an uninhabited island limited to one group per day. Have a beachside barbecue, build a campfire, indulge in seaside star-watching, or enjoy a wide variety of marine activities on the island.

How to apply to campaign
(15) Inquiries from customers
Please email Tamano Community Design Co., Ltd. (info@tcd-u.jp) with a message stating your inquiry is from the campaign on the JNTO website.
Setouchi Yacht Charter HP (English, French, German, Chinese supported).
https://www.seto-yacht-charter.jp/
Go to the “Contact Us” page ⇒ select “Others” as the “Inquiry item,” and fill out the required information. In the message box, please note “Inquiry from the JNTO website campaign.”

* Click here for JNTO website
https://www.japan.travel/2020/en/campaigns/022/

Campaign benefit application/applicable period
March 1st to December 31st, 2020

Number of people eligible for benefits
Unlimited

Applicable condition
Groups containing only minors cannot participate.
Limited to foreign visitors to Japan only.

Disclaimer
Aside from bad weather and natural disasters, it may not be possible to conduct a cruise due to fog or wind, even if the weather is otherwise favorable. Cruise staff will check the weather forecast in advance, but please note that they may cancel the cruise even on the day of your reservation. In that case, you will receive a full refund. Additionally, while underway, the schedule and route may change due to the weather, in which case you will not receive a refund.

[Cruise Stop Criteria]
・ Based on the sea forecast 12 hours prior to departure, the cruise will be suspended if wind speeds exceed 8 m/s, or if visibility falls below 300m.

Benefits

・ As a benefit of the KUJIRA-JIMA cottage accommodation course, which will start receiving overseas guests from 2020, foreign customers will receive “Okayama Prefecture 2020 Kuradashi Sake” (sake fresh from the brewery).
・ The catamaran accommodates one group, 2 people per cabin, with a maximum of 3 cabins. You can relax in a luxury ship while securing a private space.

【Overview of yacht cruise】
・ Guest rooms: Each cabin includes air conditioner, shower, and toilet.
・ Routes: Reservations include tailor-made itineraries with private charters, focusing on tours from Uno Port (Okayama Prefecture) to Naoshima (Kagawa Prefecture), renowned for its art.
・ Meals: Catered meals and courses prepared by an onboard chef are available.

Information

Venue Address

Tamano-shi, Okayama Prefecture → Seto Inland Sea

Venue Name and info

Seto Yacht Charter

General Incorporated Association
Tamano Community Design
Phone: + 81-863-32-1222
Email: info@tcd-u.jp
Available languages: English, German, Chinese
(Available language on yacht: English)

Hiroshima-Miyajima island round trip “Galaxy Cruise,” window seating guaranteed.

Overview

The only restaurant ship in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions that departs from Hiroshima Port. Galaxy Cruise stops in front of the Great Torii Gate of Itsukushima Jinja Shrine, a World Heritage Site, allowing you ample deck time to admire the view. Take in the islands gliding by as you enjoy authentic French cuisine. Prices start from ¥7500 for lunch cruises. Dinner cruises start at ¥9500. We guarantee window seats for all foreign visitors to Japan, so you won’t miss a single second of the Seto Inland Sea’s spectacular beauty.

How to apply to campaign
Please show the relevant campaign page from the Setouchi DMO website on your smartphone, or print it out and bring it with you.

Campaign benefit application/applicable period
April 1st to November 29th, 2020

Number of people eligible for benefits
Unlimited

Applicable condition
Limited to foreign visitors to Japan ages 20 and over

Benefits

1. Cruise plan, ¥7500 for lunch and ¥9500 for dinner, includes window seats (first five tables, maximum 20 people)
2. Welcome drink service

Information

Venue Address

1-13-13 Ujina Kaigan, Minami-ku, Hiroshima, Hiroshima

Venue Name and info

“Hiroshima Bay Cruise Galaxy” Lunch and Dinner Cruise

Setonaikaikisen Galaxy Reservation Center
+81-82-255-3344
Email: galaxy@setonaikaikisen.co.jp
Available Lunguage English

Sustainable Tourism Nishi-Awa

Overview

Surrounded by the high mountains of central Shikoku, the Nishi-Awa area boasts a unique cultural landscape of mountain villages, farmlands, and private residences. With pride and appreciation for nature, the people of this region strive to protect the precious resources of Mt. Tsurugi and Yoshino River where they have built their homes. Tucked away in mountain villages, the residents of these small communities work together to help one another — a lifestyle which will resonate deeply with all those who value sustainability and the protection of the natural world. This tourism program strives to preserve traditional agriculture and the peaceful coexistence of nature with human lives.

How to apply to campaign
All tours require a 21 day advance reservation

Campaign benefit application/applicable period
April 2020 – March 2021
* Campaign non-applicabe period: December 29, 2020 – January 4, 2021

Number of people eligible for benefits
2 to 8 people per day

Disclaimer
・ Half day or full day plan
・ Stormy weather will result in cancellation

Benefits

[Example Tour]

① Brompton Pottering (cycling)
Enjoy a relaxing, easy-paced cycle tour with a local guide who will introduce participants to the unique places, culture, and people of Nishi-Awa.

② Lunch made using ingredients from Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
“Chisanraishou” is when visitors to an area consume food produced in that area, while “Koryuchishou” is when local ingredients get consumed by hosting visitors. These principles work in harmony to preserve regional farming and village culture by eschewing “standard menus” in favor of local, seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine.

③ Village Walk (mini-hike)
Immerse yourself in the natural world and experience the harmony of traditional culture rooted in rich mountain soil. With a local guide at the ready, explore the village on foot in a customized tour incorporating local products, environmental preservation, and the serenity of rural life.
※ Local English guide available by request.

Information

Venue Address

Nishi-Awa area, Tokushima

Venue Name and info

Various loggings in Nishi-Awa area

Nishi-Awa Tourism Association Sora-no-sato
Phone: + 81-883-87-8988
Email: sora@cn05.awaikeda.ne
Available Language: English

Setouchi Shimanami Kaido International Cycling Event “CYCLING SHIMANAMI 2020”

Overview

・ Join a cycling event on the world-famous Shimanami Kaido, featured in overseas media as one of the world’s seven major cycling roads. Pedaling across bridges spanning the sparkling Seto Inland Sea — where countless islands float amid the waves — you’ll feel as if you’re flying through a cyclist’s paradise.

* Event Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020

Information

Venue Address

Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture; Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture; Kamijima City, Ehime Prefecture, Hiroshima / Ehime

Venue Name and info

Shimanami Kaido Cycling Course

NIPPONIA HOTEL Takehara Saltworks Town 〜 Experience life in a Setouchi saltworks town ~

Overview

Visit Takehara, a saltworks town whose magnificent streets flourished during the height of the salt trade. Discover the culture of Setouchi by experiencing the spirit of the “Hama-danna,” or salt magnates, who developed this historic town. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind journey back in time only available in Takehara.
The cuisine creates a three-part harmony of sake loved by locals for centuries, fine salt from all over Japan, and rich ingredients which form the pride of the Seto Inland Sea. From April to December, reservations include a special full course meal which includes sake and salt pairings with each dish, as well as a limited menu using first-class Setouchi ingredients for foreign visitors to Japan.
Leave your everyday life behind and indulge your senses in a luxurious banquet crafted by an expert chef.

How to apply to campaign
Please tell us at the time of booking that you have seen the Setouchi DMO site.

Campaign benefit application/applicable period
April 1st, 2020, through December 31st, 2020

Applicable condition
Limited to foreign visitors to Japan

Benefits

[Town]
“Stay like a local” in the town of Takehara.
Takehara became known as “the small Kyoto of the Aki Region” when the prosperous Shimogamo Jinja Shrine in Kyoto built a manor house here during the Heian Period. Takehara’s historical district was selected for national preservation due to its abundance of traditional architecture. Through our program, you can “stay as if you live there,” and immerse yourself in Takehara’s rich history and culture.

[Architecture]
Experience history at three historic buildings.
Dine in a restaurant built in the Edo Period which served customers until around 1975. Stay in one of two Meiji Era buildings — a former bank which was converted into a ryokan (traditional Japanese inn), and a brewery which evolved into an entertainment facility.

[Meal]
Witness the charm of Setouchi by indulging your senses in the delicious union of salt, sake, and fresh local ingredients. Delectable recipes crafted from the rich ingredients of Setouchi come paired with sake from the three major sake breweries of Takehara, and specialty salts from around Japan. Pamper your palate with an unforgettable meal.
(* Sake is limited to adults only.)

★★★ [For foreigners] ★★★
Special courses for foreigners are available.
Using first-class ingredients such as oysters, Setouchi vegetables, and Setouchi fish, each dish comes paired with sake and salt from across Japan to create a special full course meal.

Information

Venue Address

Takehara City, Hiroshima

Venue Name and info

NIPPONIA HOTEL Takehara Saltworks Town

VMG General Office (Operational hours: 11: 00 am – 8: 00 pm)
Phone: 0120-210-289
Available languages: English, Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish