【Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture】 Did pirates really exist? A trip to unravel the history of the Murakami Marine Force
What we'll do
Instead of a trip on which you simply visit a place, why not try one where you can expand your outlook through encounters and learning? Through the navigation of a guide who knows the local area, you'll be able to not just overcome the language barrier, but also increase your knowledge and enrich your time spent by meeting people and interacting with Japanese culture.
On this tour, you'll be able to experience two different museums about the marine forces of Japan as well as the swirling ocean tides. The first of the marine force museums, rare across the whole country, is Innoshima Suigun Castle, located on Innoshima Island of Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture. The second, often considered the main one, is the Murakami Kaizoku Museum. Here, topics such as what the Murakami Marine Force actually was and why they are sometimes called pirates are explained in depth.
After that, you'll be able to experience firsthand the famous tides by taking a boat ride from Noshima Island out onto the Seto Inland Sea. From ancient times, this span of ocean has been known as the most perilous area for ships passing through the Seto Inland Sea. Not just the tides, though, you'll also be able to enjoy the scenery of lush nature on the small islands floating along this stretch of water.
※In the case of bad weather, the stops on the route are subject to order changes.
-If you would like to meet your guide at your hotel, please contact them via chat before making a reservation.
-If you are going to be late to the meeting place on the day of the tour, please contact your guide via chat.
-If you are over 15 minutes late without contacting your guide, it will be considered a cancellation and you will be charged 100% of the fee, regardless of the reason for tardiness.
-Please note that the end time of the tour cannot be extended in the event of tardiness.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 16,500 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 4 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
-This tour requires that you contact a guide via chat before completing your reservation.
-The cost of the tour will be set after preliminary discussions are held.
-The cost of this tour includes only the fee for the guide.
-Transportation fees to and from the meeting place are the individual responsibility of the traveler.
-Transportation between spots during the tour will be done by hired car. The price may vary depending on the number of people and time of year, so please contact your guide before reserving.
-Please pay for the cost of the hired car on the day of the tour.
-The cost of any food and drinks during the tour will be the individual responsibility of the traveler.
-Please pay any entrance fees or activity fees on the day of the tour.
-If you have any physical or health concerns such as disabilities, age, or pregnancy, please inform your guide before reserving.
-Please note that, due to schedule constraints of the guides, last-minute bookings may not be possible. We recommend contacting us at least two weeks before your desired tour date.
-In the event of bad weather or a natural disaster, the tour may not be able to take place. In such a case, your guide will contact you via chat.
1Innoshima Suigun Castle
Innoshima Suigun Castle on Innoshima Island of Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, is a castle-shaped museum that displays documents about the Murakami Kaizoku, also known as the Murakami Suigun and Murakami Marine Force, who were active on the Seto Inland Sea during the mid-14th century.
2Noshima Suigun Tidal Current Cruise
The Noshima Suigun Tidal Current Cruises are 40-minute boat tours around the Geiyo Shoto Islands that float on the Seto Inland Sea.
Before your reservation is completed, the local cuisine of Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, where the Murakami Kaizoku Museum is located, will be explained to you via chat. However, if any tour participants have allergies or other dietary restrictions, we will introduce you to restaurants after speaking with you about your dietary requirements. Your guide will interpret your orders at the restaurant on the day of the tour.
※The image at the top of this page is a local dish called taimeshi.
【Local Cuisine of Imabari】
・Taimeshi: A dish in which sea bream and rice are boiled together. When cooked together, the umami flavor that comes from the sea bream soaks into the rice. This is a very famous dish in Imabari City.
・Hourakuyaki: A dish in which grilled sea bream, shrimp, and other seafood are served on a bed of pine needles. Only a simple salty flavoring is used, so you can enjoy the full, original taste of the seafood.
Other dishes such as jakoten (fried fish paste) and senzangi (fried chicken) are also available, which will be introduced to you during the preliminary discussions before completing your reservation.
4Murakami Kaizoku Museum
The Murakami Kaizoku Museum in Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, is a museum with exhibits about the Murakami Kaizoku (Murakami Marine Force), who ruled the Seto Inland Sea during the Warring States period. Through valuable documents and artifacts, visitors will be able to learn about the many roles the Murakami Kaizoku played, including protecting the safety of the sea as a militant group, but also highly educated people of culture.