Setouchi Tourism SEA PASEO credit Setonaikaikisen

Setouchi launches a new sight-seeing ferry from Hiroshima City to Matsuyama City

Setouchi Tourism Authority has announced the launch of a new luxury sight-seeing ferry from Hiroshima City to Matsuyama City called ‘SEA PASEO’. 

This ferry route now connects Hiroshima City, Kure City (Hiroshima Prefecture) and Matsuyama City (Ehime Prefecture). The concept of the ferry is ‘a park on the ocean’ allowing visitors onboard to feel as if they are unwinding in a park floating on the sea’s waters. The name of the ferry comes from the Spanish word ‘promenade’ meaning ‘walking’ giving the illusion of strolling along the sea route.

There are three main differentiated sections to the ferry, the KAI Cruise Court, offering comfort, KAI Oasis Court, offering encounters and KAI Vacance Court offering openness. KAI Cruise Court is an area on the ferry where visitors onboard can relax in reclining seats with designated quiet and lying down areas with windows enabling them to take in the beauty of the Seto Inland Sea. KAI Oasis Court is located in the middle of the deck offering encounters where guests can socialise, this zone has a refreshment lounge and koagari (raised seating) where visitors can relax with their shoes off. KAI Vacance Court offers an outdoor space that is located like a courtyard exuding an exposed atmosphere for passengers to experience, there are panorama sofas installed and artificial turf to accentuate the feeling of being in a park.

Visitors can explore Hiroshima City before embarking on a cruise to Matsuyama City via Kure City. There are several sites to visit whilst in Hiroshima such as, the A-Bomb Dome, Peace Memorial Park and Museum, as well as other prominent sites including Shukkei-en, a formal Japanese garden and Hiroshima Castle which is surrounded by a moat and park.

Sea Paseo ferry sails to Kure City from Hiroshima. Kure is a port and ship-building city on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture on Japan’s Seto Inland Sea. It is the second oldest naval dockyard in Japan and a base for the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force. 

The ferry stops in Matsuyama, this is the largest city on Shikoku Island and the capital of Ehime Prefecture. At the heart of the city stands Matsuyamajo, a beautiful castle. The castle's hilltop vantage point offers a view of the city and a glimpse of the Seto Inland Sea. Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s oldest bathhouses and is one of the city’s main tourist attractions, it is located on the north-eastern outskirts of the city. Ishiteji Temple is another must see tourist spot located in the city and is temple number 51 on the Shikoku pilgrimage.

Amenities include: free Wi-Fi, wheelchair space, information counter, power sources for mobile devices, luggage space, flexible seating, elevator, cafes, food court, small shops, flip-up seats.

For more information, go to setouchitrip.com


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