Crossing The Great Seto Bridge
It’s the beginning of October, my 5th year since moving, and autumn has come. It’s been two years since Setouchi Finder featured camping-related content, so the destination for our outing this time is Seaside Corridor Auto Camp – a campsite surrounded by beautiful Seto Inland Sea nature in the Sanuki area of Kagawa Prefecture.
The site has 4 lodges and 12 camping spots, and is well managed and quite comfortable. Lodgers can rent tents and barbecue sets, so it’s a great choice for those who want to enjoy a relaxing and easy camping experience in Setouchi.
Seaside Corridor Auto Camp is located about an hour’s drive from Takamatsu Airport, and about an hour and forty minutes from Okayama Airport. This time around we wanted to enjoy the journey as well as the camping, so we opted for the longer drive!
After arriving at Okayama Airport and renting a car at Okayama Station, it didn’t take long before we reached the Seto Inland Sea.
When we were crossing the Great Seto Bridge, we took a short detour down to Toyoshima, which offered an unobstructed view over the inland sea and the bridge.
Comfortable Camping For First-Timers
Getting off the Takamatsu motorway at the Shido IC, it was only 20min before we finally arrived at Seaside Corridor Auto Camp, a spot sandwiched between the sky and sea.
On arrival, I advise keeping your emotions in check until after checking in at the management office. Barbecue sets, tents, and other necessities can be rented here as well. When it comes to food, I recommend buying local Setouchi products. And don’t forget charcoal for your barbecue!
The camping site also offers comfortable lodges – a suitable choice for those who don’t feel quite at home in a tent.
We love camping, so we – of course – stayed in a tent! Each camping space is large, with ample room for tent and tarps. And it goes without saying that the ocean view is included!
First we pitched the tent, and then… kanpai! The beer in question was a Kagawa-limited Kirin Ichiban Shibori called Kagawa ni Kanpai.
Enjoying A Local Kagawa Barbecue
While savoring the limited-edition beer, we started the barbecue preparations. Each section of the site has their own clean and pleasant kitchen area, so cooking is a breeze.
The kids helped out as well, washing the rice.
The menu consisted of grilled meat and onion soup, with all locally produced ingredients.
One item all barbecues in Kagawa should include is the popular and locally famous ‘bone-in’ chicken. We seasoned our chicken thigh with salt and pepper and grilled it thoroughly, with great success.
The autumn evening was colder than expected, so we decided to make some hot soup as well. Here is our onion and chicken soup. The onions were gently simmered in water and salt until the soup was nice and thick. The onions were also from Kagawa, of course.
Before long, the night sky was alight with the moon and stars. We spent the rest of the evening under it while enjoying the delicious Setouchi food and the wind.
The Setouchi Sunrise!
If you come all the way out here and the weather is superb, I recommend waking up early and experiencing the sunrise.
The rays of first light warm the sea… Seaside Corridor is a campsite that offers front-row seats to the sun’s morning performance!
You can see the morning sun from the campsite itself, but we decided to take the short walk through the thicket down to the beach for a better view.
After a short while, the sun started its climb over the Seto Inland Sea. I took this moment to gaze at the islands, boats and morning sun, and to take a deep breath of fresh Setouchi morning air.
We were blessed with amazing weather over the two days we spent in Setouchi. Splurging on hotels and luxurious trips and socializing at guesthouses are also lots of fun, but if you want to experience the best sea and air Setouchi has to offer, I highly recommend coming here and staying at Seaside Corridor Camping.
Seaside Corridor Auto Camp
Address: 2671-88, Oda, Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture
Open: Check-in 15:00, checkout 10:00
Tuesdays (closed the next day instead if Tuesday is a public holiday).
1st and 2nd Tuesday of the month in July – Aug.
End of Dec to end of Feb.
Price: Auto Camp Site 4,000 yen
Setouchi Finder Photo-writer: Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)
■The Sanin, Setouchi & Shikoku Road Map
Our sightseeing information roadmap of the Sanin, Setouchi, and Shikoku regions is now complete. The map provides easily accessible sightseeing info like never before, and with this, your road-trip is sure to be even more enjoyable. The map contains info on rent-a-car services, tourist information centers, roadside service areas, and is completely free-of-charge, so please have a look!
■Times Car Rental Tourist Information Campaign
The car rental company Times Mobility Networks Co., Ltd. is now offering a voice translation app and tourist information services for foreign travelers via tablets at several Times Car Rental stores throughout the Setouchi region. Renting a car at one of these stores means you can get more sightseeing info about specific areas, and therefore enjoy your trip even more!
Osaka: Kansai Airport
Hyogo: Sannomiya Station, Shinkobe Station, Himeji Station
Okayama: Okayama Airport, Okayama Station, Kurashiki Station
Hiroshima: Hiroshima Airport, Hiroshima Station South Exit (BIGFRONT Hiroshima), Hiroshima Otemachi
Yamaguchi: Iwakunikintaikyo Airport, Iwakuni Station, Ube Airport
Tokushima: Tokushima Airport, Tokushima Chuo
Kagawa: Takamatsu Station, Takamatsu Airport
Ehime: Matsuyama Station, Matsuyama Airport, Matsuyama Sanbancho
Fukuoka: Fukuoka Airport International Terminal
Nov. 20, 2017 – Feb. 19, 2018
※ Hiroshima stores only: Oct. 20, 2017 – Jan. 19, 2018.
Katsutoshi Asai Producer and member of the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association. Born in Yokohama in 1974, Katsutoshi is married and has a young son. Although he started his career with an advertising agency, he went to join the Tower Records team. Katsutoshi was involved with brand management, sales campaigns, collaboration work, and live events. Through his career, he experienced being the Sales Promotion Manager, and the Manager of the Live Entertainment Department. However, in 2012, Katsuyoshi retired from Tower Records and moved to Seto city, Okayama prefecture - a place where he had no prior friends, connections or relatives. Soon after moving, he joined the Setouchi Regional Revitalization Association, and in July 2013 founded Kokohore Japan and began a number of projects to re-task old traditional buildings, invent new specialty products, and work on regional branding. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/ Asami Asai Editor & Writer I mainly write about social news, music, and lifestyles. I was born and raised in Tokyo, but in 2012 I decided on a whim to move to Setouchi City, Okayama Prefecture. I contribute to magazines such as Liniere, Inakagurashi no Hon, and ku:nel. I publish books for my 'interesting' friends, too, and direct and write for programs at FM Okayama. Everyday I write about people and things for both readers and listeners. Website: Kokohore Japan http://kkhr.jp/
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