Historic Pirate Coastal Japan Tour（VR Experience ＆Tidal Current Cruise）
- Duration: 120 Minutes (approx.)
- Location: Imabari-shi, Ehime
- Product code: EN-EHM-7047-70470
Acclaimed to be the most fearsome pirate clan in Japan during the mid-14th century, the Murakami Clan were a naval force that once ruled the Seto Inland Sea. In this program, your guided cruise will take you across the Seto Inland Sea imbued with tides that travel as fast as 18km/h in speed. Here you may indulge in cruise ambiance, taking in the dormant strength of ocean waves crashing against the side of the ship. The museum exhibits a range of items associated with the Murakami Clan, including an excellent introduction to the history of the pirates, and you can experience the latest VR technology.
- Cruise along strong tidal currents that can reach up to 10 knots (approximately 18 km/h)
- Learn the history of Murakami Kaizoku pirates at the museum
- A complimentary T-shirt and a drink in the in-house cafe
- A guided cruise of Japanese castle ruins and neighboring islands of Setouchi, Oshima Ohashi
- VR experience of the Murakami Kaizoku pirates
Assembly → Museum Visit and VR Experience → Boarding→ Cruising → Go Ashore → Return
The most fearsome pirate clan in Japan, the Murakami Kaizoku pirates ruled the waters of the Seto Inland Sea during the mid-14th century, taking control of major sea routes using their expertise to navigate the violently swirling currents. It is said that their knowledge and expertise have influenced present-day military and politics in this area.
This tour features a visit to the Murakami Suigun Museum; the only military museum in Japan, with a collection of model ships from the period and costumes worn by the general, complete with an opportunity to learn about the history of Murakami Kaizoku pirates while appreciating the treasures of the museum.
At the museum, you can experience wearing full-bodied armor and a collection of arms from the period. After the visit, there will be multiple photo opportunities. You will get a complimentary drink at the in-house cafe, and a T-shirt with a motif of Murakami Suigun. (You can choose one from M, L, and XL sizes.)
You will go on an easy cruise around the historic castle ruins with a rich backdrop of neighboring islands adorned with a beautiful white bridge. Active around 500 years ago, The Murakami Clan controlled the narrow waterways interspersed with tides that, to this day, reach a speed of up to 18km/h. In this plan, you can experience the powerful natural phenomena of the Seto Inland Sea by boarding a ship. Characterized by violent sea currents and breaking waves, you can experience the life of a pirate; a thrilling experience that rocks the whole body. Let's experience the beautiful spectacle of nature while immersing in the history of the Murakami Clan.
【Things to note】
- Time：120 minutes
- Meeting point：Murakami KAIZOKU Museum entrance [MAP]
1285, Miyakubo, Imabari-shi, Ehime-ken, 794-2203
【From Onomichi / Honshu】
Shimanami liner → Alight Oshima Bus Stop → Tonai bus (Shitadamiko ~ Miyakubo ~ Hayakawa · Tomoura line) approximately 11 minutes → → Alight at the Murakami Suigun Museum → 1 minute walk → Destination
【From Imabari · Shikoku】
Imabari Station → Alight at Seki Bunka Park →Ishi Bunka → Tonai bus (Shitadamiko ~ Miyakubo ~ Hayakawa · Tomoura line) approximately 8 minutes → → Alight at the Murakami Suigun Museum → 1 minute walk → Destination
- Minimum number of participants：2 people
- Language support：Japanese, English
- Included ：
・VR Experience life jacket rental
・A complimentary gift (Murakami Suigun T-shirt: M/L/XL sizes)
・A drink at the cafe
- Excluded ：
- Participation requirements ：
・Child (under 6 years) - Free
・The VR experience is open to participants from the age of 8 years.
- Free Wi-Fi ：〇
- Toilet：〇 western style
- Other things to note：Please note that the strength of the sea current changes with the time and day.
- Private ship reservations incur an extra 50,000 yen / group
7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.