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Hiroshima, Okayama, Ehime.
These areas which look over Seto Inland Sea have some of the best spots for a unique view of the beautiful archipelago and cherry blossoms.
Near the end of the Edo Period, geographers visiting Japan all admired Seto Inland Sea, calling it “the most beautiful sea in the world.”
The soft pink flowers scattering against the backdrop of the blue sea is a view that cannot be admired at any other place or time.
Fudekage Mountain, or “Brush Shadow Mountain,” got its name from the shape of its peak which looks like a brush when reflected upon the ocean.
From this peak, you can enjoy one of the most picturesque views of Seto Inland Sea.
The beautiful archipelago of Seto Inland Sea expanding behind the cherry blossoms at the peak is a breathtaking view.
The Ryuuou Mountain, located on the southwest, has a distant view of the Shikoku Mountains on a sunny day, and you can point out seven out of the ten bridges of “Shimanami Kaido”.
Location: Sunami Town/ Okiura Town, Mihara City, Hiroshima Prefecture
●50 minutes by foot from Sunami Station, JR Kure Line
●7 minutes by bus from JR Mihara Station, get off at “Wadaguchi”, then 60 minutes by foot.
The best time to see the cherry blossoms: End of March to the beginning of April
Official Website: http://www.mihara-kankou.com/sightseeing/1044 (Mihara Tourism Navi) (Japanese only)
This location has a magnificent view of the islands of Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku.
In the spring, 1000 Someiyoshino trees bloom and paint the entire mountain into a shade of pink.
During this time you can view the calm Seto Inland Sea as a backdrop for the cherry blossoms.
There are many landmarks along the way, such as the Smiling Rock and the Kokeshi Rock, as well as many resting areas along the walking path, making way for a nice stroll in the mountain.
Location: 1421-8 Kojimakarakoto Town, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture
●30 minutes by car from the Setochuuou Expressway Kojima Interchange
●20 minutes on the Shibukawa Route Bus from the JR Uno Station, get off at Shibukawa Marine Hotel, 10 minutes by car. (Or 60 minutes on foot via the hiking path.)
The best time to see the cherry blossoms: Middle of March to the beginning of April
Official Website: https://www.kurashiki-tabi.jp/feature/2728/ (Kurashiki Tourism WEB) (Japanese only)
Sekizen Mountain, located in the center of Iwagi Island of Seto Inland Sea, is often nicknamed “Iwagi’s Mount Fuji.”
On the mountain path leading up to the summit are 3000 Someiyoshi, Ooshima, and Yamazakura trees all blooming with cherry blossoms.
This path has been historically praised to have “the beauty of the robe of a heavenly maiden.”
It is about a one hour and thirty minute walk from Iwagi Port to the mountain summit.
The beautiful view of the archipelago of Seto Inland Sea from the summit tower is striking with the cherry blossom trees.
Location: Iwagi, Kamijima Town, Ochi County, Ehime Prefecture
●Take the express ferry for 50 minutes from Imabari Port to Iwagi Port. Use the public road for 10 minutes by car towards the Sekizen Mountain.
●3 minutes by car from the Shimanami Sea Route Ikuchi Island Interchange, or 10 minutes by car from the Ikuchi Island South Interchange, 5 minutes by ferry from Sunoe Port, get off at Okogi Port, 110 minutes by foot.
The best time to see the cherry blossoms: Beginning of April to the end of April
Official Website: https://www.town.kamijima.lg.jp/site/kanko/ (Kamijima Town Home Page) (Japanese only)
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