Voyage across the Setouchi Inland Sea: encounter the constantly changing sea, sky and islands

Enjoy a cruise around the Setouchi Inland Sea while staying in the comfort of a beautiful, hotel-like ship’s cabin


The Inland Sea has many must-see attractions including the island of Shodoshima, off the coast of Kagawa Prefecture, and Naoshima, which is known as a sanctuary for art. The accommodation-type cruise sets sail from Uno Port in Tamano, Okayama Prefecture, on the Honshu side of the Inland Sea (not far from where the Great Seto Bridge that joins Honshu to Shikoku across the sea begins). The boat is a catamaran-type yacht that can be used in units of cabin and upwards, with one party (i.e. two people) per cabin, and a maximum capacity of four parties. This ensures sufficient privacy and space for passengers, and enables them to enjoy their voyage in luxury.

Inside the Seto Yacht Charter yacht
Inside the Seto Yacht Charter yacht

Seto Yacht Charter has basic cruise plans ranging from four to eight days, cruising around attractive and appealing parts of Setouchi, including Naoshima, Shodoshima and various uninhabited islands.

The yacht makes port calls at a range of destinations including Naoshima, Shodoshima, and numerous uninhabited islands; where passengers can walk around, and in some cases rent bicycles, or enjoy various other activities including trekking and kayaking. As well as enjoying an elegant voyage, the cruise also enables passengers to experience a variety of Japanese culture, such as by paying a visit to a traditional soy-sauce production factory.

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Cruises depart either from the port of Uno or the port of Takamatu

A dinner-inclusive cruise where passengers can enjoy the world heritage site of Itsukushima Shrine from across the sea

There is another attractive and appealing cruise that departs from Hiroshima and cruises to the island of Miyajima, home to the famous Itsukushima Shrine world heritage site. Passengers can choose between lunch and dinner cruise plans, both of which offer Western-style dishes that make extravagant use of both seafood from the Inland Sea and locally-grown produce from the Setouchi region. The view from on deck is also fantastic, allowing passengers to enjoy their voyage while savoring fabulous views of the port and town of Hiroshima, and the various islands of the Inland Sea. The dinner cruise plan is particularly popular, because it offers surreal and fantastical night views of Itsukushima Shrine from onboard.

GINGA(or Galaxy) Lunch & Dinner cruise, Curise to Miyajima and the “Itsukushima shrine” world heritage site while enjoying a special meal

Cruises depart from the port of Hiroshima

Three minutes’ walk from Hiroshima Port Station on the Hiroden Ujina Line

A sunset cruise where you can enjoy beautiful island silhouettes

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Another cruise, departing from the city of Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture, Shikoku, visits an array of islands with richly undulating terrain and their own unique cultures. A choice of one-day and half-day cruises are available that enable passengers to savor a yacht-sailing experience, enjoy walking around the islands and appreciate works of art. A particularly popular plan enables passengers to enjoy watching the sunset over the Setouchi Inland Sea from aboard the yacht.

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Cruises depart from the Takamatsu Marina

Five to 10 minutes’ walk from either JR Takamatsu Station or Kotoden Takamatsu-chikko Station

With calmer waves than in comparison with the open seas, the Setouchi Inland Sea has enjoyed prosperity since olden times as a key trading route, and offers an ideal environment for cruising. The sea’s straits are made up of over 700 islands, with majestic natural scenery, and also enable visitors to encounter a wide variety of Japanese culture, including traditional fishing culture and more-recently established contemporary art culture. The climate is warm and mild, and the Inland Sea also provides an abundance of delicious seafood, allowing visitors to enjoy a special time on the waves from morning to night, throughout all four seasons of the year.