What to See in Setouchi
Yokei-ji is a Buddhist temple established in 749 on the top of a hill. It’s the second station of the Chugoku Kannon Pilgrimage, which spans five prefectures and visits 33 different temples. The principal object of worship is a statue of Senju Kannon, the thousand armed goddess of mercy, which is only displayed to the public once every 33 years (the last time was November 2012). In the spring, locals come here to enjoy the cherry blossoms that dot the temple grounds and the grounds of Toyohara Kitashima Shrine next door. Many of treasures and structures are designated important cultural properties, including the belfry and three story pagoda. At the end of the year and beginning of the new year, Yokei-ji is illuminated and attracts visitors from all around. The entire complex actually consists of the main temple, six sub-temples, and one shrine.
Yumeji Art Museum Bunkan 夢二美術館分館
Setouchi City is the birthplace of the brilliant Japanese painter and poet, Yumeji Takehisa. He was famous for painting Nihonga, literally “Japanese pictures,” a style popularized in the the Taisho Period that is characterized by traditional Japanese esthetics and subjects while incorporating some western techniques not used in the Edo Period. Yumeji is most famous for painting beautiful women wearing kimono and yukata. The Yumeji Art Museum Bunkan (annex) consists of two buildings. The house he was born in is a traditional Taisho Era country home with a thatched roof and has been converted into a museum called Yumeji Seika. His Tokyo home/studio, called Shonen Sanso, was moved here in 1979 so your can see how he lived and worked. Both buildings are annexes of the main Yumeji Art Museum Honkan (main) located in Okayama City.
Yumeji Art Museum Bunkan
Ushimado Olive Garden オリーブ園
This stretch of the sea is often called the Aegean of Japan because of its climate and topography is reminiscent of the Greek Islands. One more similarity is the region’s olive production. One popular destination is the Ushimado Olive Garden whose hills are covered in olive trees. You can take a stroll around the premises and enjoy the olives, but the real attraction are the striking views of the Seto Inland Sea from the tops of the hills. At the Ushimado Olive Shop, there’s a cafe and shop with an observation area. Akayane (red roof), the studio of painter Satake Toku who loved painting olive trees, is also located on the mountain overlooking the water.
Ushimado Olive Garden
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