Hi there its Mr. Wada back on duty. I would like share our trip to Shimotsui in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture.
Hilly Town Shimotsui in Kurashiki City
Shimotsui is in northern Kurashiki, facing Seto Inland Sea and right beside the Great Seto Bridge that connects to Shikoku Island. I always see octopus from Shimotsui at sushi restaurants and wondered how this town would be like. Let’s see what we discovered in this small hilly town. Deeper Okayama, I’d say.
Great View from Tatsunourani-Mashimasu Shrine
It feels a bit nostalgic that reminds me of my dad’s hometown. By the way, we’d encounter cats very often (too bad we couldn’t take pics). They seemed friendly enough but try not disturb…. Since there’s an animation movie set in Shimotsui, you’ll notice there are many pictures of scenes from the movie on the street (pics below).
Lunch Time at Shimotsui-Tei
I couldn’t help thinking about having octopus since we were in Shimotsui. We found this ryokan where it serves fresh seafood for lunch. That’d meet my demand! Perfect.
4-1-3 Shimotsui, Kurashiki-shi, Okayama
Shimotsui Train Station (Closed)
This closed station seems to be another popular destination in Shimotsui. Shimotsui Station had been opened between 1914 to 1991 (!) and now it is being preserved as a part of Shimotsui’s history by local community. We can still stop by and enter the platform. Neat.
Alright. Let’s call it a day.
How do you find it? It is certainly a minor destination in Okayama but for getting to know more of REAL Japan, this would a good starter. Hope it helps.
See you around!