Mount Washu [鷲羽山]
Seto Inland Sea
Great Seto Bridge
Mount Washu ("Washûzan" in Japanese) is a small mountain, and is located about 20 km south of central Kurashiki city and about 3.5 km south of Kojima district.
The altitude is 133 meters and is on a small peninsula extending into Seto Inland Sea.
There are two observarories near the top.
The view from the observatories is very nice.
The position of the peninsula is just in the center of the channel between Okayama Prefecture and Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku Island.
There are several small islands in the sea.
So we can enjoy the typical scenery of Seto Inland Sea.
The distance between Honshu Island and Shikoku island is only 10 km at this point.
So, Great Seto Bridge (Seto-Ohashi in Japanese, 13.1 km) connects both islands, and it has both expressway and railway (JR Line).
The bridge is also one of the elements of the scenery.
Monument on the top of Mt. Washu
Sunset at Mt. Washu
The route buses stops near the second observatory (Daini-Tenboudai).
The main observatory is near the top of the mountain, and the distance from the second observatory is about 500 meters.
A rest house with shop and restaurant is near the second observatory, and the visitor center is near the main observatory.
How to get here
By JR Uno Line, from Okayama to Kojima, 22 minutes by rapid train, 35 minutes by local train.
Then, by route bus about 25 minutes from Kojima station to Daini-Tenboudai stop.