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Jeans Street and Mt. Washuzan in Kojima Area

Kojima Jeans Street

Kojima Jeans Street
Kojima Jeans Street

Kojima is the area in southern Kurashiki near the foot of the Seto Ohashi Bridge and contains Japan’s first natonal park,Setonaikai National Park. Approximately 150 years ago, the powerful merchant Buzaemon Nozaki built a fortune developing vast salt farms here.The area is also historically associated with the textile industry and is known as a town of textiles. The 1960s saw Japan’s first domestically produced jeans here,and Kojima continues to develop as a main area that produces Japanese jean

Original jeans-making

Original jeans-making
Original jeans-making

Denim fans from all over Japan come to this shopping district of reformed older storefronts to visit about 30 shops, cafes, and general stores from jeans brands known around the world for high quality. Come and see for yourself the latest recommendations and trends! Just 5 min from JR Kojima Station via rent-a-cycle (fee required), Kojima Jeans Street is conveniently accessible. Don’t forget to take a commemorative photo in front of the limited-service Jeans Bus (the exterior decorated with denim photos and interior with denim fabric) or underneath the numerous pairs of jeans hanging above the street!

Mt. Washuzan

The view from Mt. Washuzan of the sun setting
The view from Mt. Washuzan of the sun setting

Mt. Washuzan offers visitors a view of the quintessential scenery of the Setonaikai National Park, known as Japan’s first national park. The park is a recommended site for viewing the Seto Ohashi Bridge, newly listed in the Michelin Green Guide Japan as the longest two-tiered bridge system in the world. The view from the summit overlooking the Setonaikai(The Inland Sea),about 15 min on foot along the promenade from the parking lot,is highly recommended.Visitors will be treated to a view of the 50 or so variously sized islands dotting the Setonaikai and of Shikoku forming the opposite shore. The view from Mt. Washuzan of the sun setting in the Setonaikai has also been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful sunsets in Japan.

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