2015.12.28
Okayama

Seto Inland Sea : The Place of Amazing Sunrises, Which Was Even Visited by Taira no Tadamori!

 

”Seeing the Seto sunrise at Mushiage, I almost forget about the capital…"

This is what Taira no Tadamori had to say about the above sunrise in the Gyokuyo Wakashu (Jeweled Leaves Collection). The Mushiage sunrise has even been selected among Japan's top 100.

 

As well as being famous for its sublime sunsets, which were even seen even by Tadamori, the father of Kiyomori (a Japanese shogun) when he visited, ever since the Heian period (794-1185) this place of scenic beauty is known to have been admired by people of refined taste.

On the 210th day, (the 201st day if counted from the first day of spring, which is around September 1st), the sun climbs up between the Seto Inland Sea's numerous ‘overlapping’ islands near where the sky meets the ocean.

 
 
The best area for viewing the scenic beauty of the Seto sunrise is a 25-minute drive from JR Ako Line Oku station, or a 10-minute drive from the Okayama Blue Line Mushiage interchange.

 

 

This is Okayama Ikoi no Mura, an accommodation facility at Mushiage Port from where the sunrise can also be seen.

 
 
This is an inscription of Taira no Tadamori's tanka at Okayama Ikoi no Mura.

 

 

Naturally, the scenery is sublime even during the daytime.

In winter, the air is clear and you have far reaching views all the way to distant islands.

How about admiring the sunrise climbing above the beautiful islands, a sight that surely has not changed since the Heian period?

 

By the way, as Mushiage also prospers as an oyster cultivation center, it’s a great place to visit if you love oysters!

 

Mt. Ohira

Access: JR Ako Line Oku Station / 25-minute drive, or 40-minute ride on the bus to Mushiage / get off at the last station, Okayama Blue Line Mushiage IC / 10-minute drive from the IC
HP: http://www.city.setouchi.lg.jp/kankou/spot35_musi.html (Japanese)
HP: http://www.city.setouchi.lg.jp/journey/tanoshimu/1421130700905.html (Japanese)

Setouchi Finder Photo-writers: Asami Asai / Katsutoshi Asai (Kokohore Japan)

 

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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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