Endless blue skies, pristine seashores, leisurely cruising from island to island: it’s simple to affiliate Setouchi most readily with the nice and cozy summer season months, however this various area can also be the right vacation spot for a winter vacation.
Setouchi has a gentle winter local weather, with comparatively little precipitation, which means you possibly can nonetheless get pleasure from mountaineering, strolling, and different outside actions – though there are additionally loads of snowy spots in order for you that basic winter panorama. Setouchi can also be considerable with pure sizzling springs (onsen), that are the final word technique to heat up on a chilly winter’s day.
The following spots could look good in the summer season like in the images, however they’re blanketed in snow in the course of the winter.
At its summit, Kankakei Gorge is 813m. Not solely does that make it the very best level on Shodoshima Island, the place it’s situated, it additionally makes it the very best level wherever in the Seto Inland Sea. Anyone who reaches the summit is due to this fact rewarded by a spectacular panorama that appears to stretch endlessly. You could make it part-way to the summit by way of the Kankakei Ropeway, however you could want to hike as an alternative, to raised take in rugged panorama of the gorge, fashioned over tens of millions of years by volcanic then weathering forces. The magnificence and dynamism of the gorge has earned it a star in the Michelin Green Guide, and it’s often known as one in every of Japan’s prime three must-see gorges. In winter, the solar units round 4pm, and there may be occasional snowfall. Make positive to chill out after your hike by bathing in one of many island’s many onsen.
How to get there: Take a ferry to Shodoshima Island from the mainland (approx. 70-100mins relying on departure level) then take a bus or automotive as much as the gorge. There are plenty of choices for ascent: ropeway or a number of mountaineering trails.
Kintaikyo Bridge, in Iwakuni City (Yamaguchi Prefecture), is an architecturally hanging pedestrian bridge consisting of 5 sequential arches constructed from wooden and stone. It spans the Nishiki River and results in the doorway of Iwakuni Castle, initially constructed in 1601 (the citadel at present is a reconstruction). The bridge is a triumph of engineering: its distinctive construction is the results of an iterative design course of made crucial by river flooding that washed earlier bridges away. As luck would have it, the flood-proof design was additionally aesthetically beautiful and the bridge, a favorite with photo-hunters, was designated a nationwide treasure. It is especially beautiful with a gentle coating of snow.
How to get there: The Kintaikyo Bridge is situated in Iwakuni City in Yamaguchi Prefecture. From JR Iwakuni Station, take an Iwakuni Bus that passes the bridge (a number of choices inc. 21, 23, 32, 34; approx. 18m). You might select to make your method on foot via Iwakuni City and see a few of its sights; it’s round 5km from the station when taking the shortest route.
Imagine a picture-perfect five-storied pagoda, nestling amongst snow-frosted pines, mirrored in a crystal clear lake. This is the scene that awaits you once you go to Ruriko-ji Temple in Kozan Park. Several of the temple buildings, which had been initially constructed in the 1440s and are lovingly crafted from pure supplies corresponding to cypress bark, are designated nationwide treasures. The pagoda—thought-about one of many three best in Japan—is illuminated from nightfall to 22:00 nightly, making a magical ambiance.
How to get there: From JR Yamaguchi Station, take a bus sure for Yamaguchi University, alight on the prefectural workplace (Yamaguchi Kencho-mae), then stroll for approx. 10m. To stroll from the station will take round 30m (approx. 2.6km), taking you previous Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art and different sights.