Japan Train Cruise: Along the Coast of the Seto Inland Sea

Travel by train along the Japanese coast of the Seto indland sea, as we explore the myriad of options for tourism and sightseeing.

Located in western Japan, the Seto Inland Sea is home to about 700 islands and along its train route you’ll be able to find multiple World Heritage Sites.

Together with our host Nelson Babin-Coy, we’ll travel from Okayama to Hiroshima along the coast.

We’ll be travelling comfortably with the La Malle de Bois (translated to the wooden travelling trunk), a train explicitly designed for tourist comfortability.

In fact, the La malle de Bois has free Wi-Fi, outlets and bigger storages than a normal Japanese train to accommodate the rising number of tourists and bicyclists who tour the beautiful Seto coast.

While travelling and taking in the beautiful sights, the documentary takes a stop at:

Kurashiki, an old historical city. It’s known for the centuries-old buildings and shops of the Bikan Historical Quarter. Many of Kurashiki’s former storehouses have been converted into museums, boutiques and cafes.

Onomichi, a hilly port city in southwest Honshu, Japan. It’s known for the Temple Walk, a network of paths connecting 25 temples.

Takehara, a small port city in the Inland Sea. It used to be the center of salt production in Japan’s Edo Period (1603 – 1868). Its old town is known as “Little Kyoto” due to the number of historic buildings preserved there.

Kure, a port and ship-building city on the coast Japan’s inland Sea. The city is the second oldest naval dockyard in Japan.

and finally Hiroshima, a modern city on Japan’s Honshu Island, which largely became famous due to carrying the scars of having been blasted to bits by an atomic bomb during World War II.

Japan Train Cruise: Along the Coast of the Seto Inland Sea
  • Info
  • Release date2017
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Naonobu Nagakura
  • Part of the seriesTrain Cruise
  • Production companyNHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)