Vivid Red Mining Town Day Trip in Okayama

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The town of Fukiya in Okayama Prefecture prospered thanks to the copper mines in the area. It became a key center of production of a vermillion pigment called bengara. This pigment is made from iron oxide and was used to add deep hues to paint, glazes, and enamels for centuries. The word for the pigment comes from the place name, Bengal. Fukiya has a very striking appearance because the buildings are all painted in this Bengal shade of red.

Trip HighLights

  • Japan’s highest castle
  • Obanzai Kyoto cuisine – comfort food that uses the freshest in-season vegetables
  • Charming red buildings and quaint streets
  • Bengara pigment craft experience

Quick Itinerary

10:00  Bitchu-Takahashi Station  Meet Driver. Short Drive to first location
10:10  Bitchu Matsuyama Castle   
  Drive to next location  
Lunch  Eleven Village   
  Short walk to next location  
 14:00-15:00  Fukiya Furusato Village   
  Drive to Tour End Point (About 40 minutes)  
15:40  Bitchu-Kawamo Station 
  Tour Ends at Bitchu-Kawamo Station  

Access Information

Tour Start Point Bitchu-Takahashi Station
Tour Start Point Map
How to get to the Tour Start Point
Tour End Point Bitchū-Kawamo Station
Tour End Point Map
  • Trip Locations & Experiences

  • Terms & Conditions

A Castle in the Sky

A Castle in the Sky

Bitchu Matsuyama Castle is Japan’s highest castle. It is over 400 meters or 1,400 feet above sea level.   It is sometimes covered with mist early in the morning so it looks like it is floating in the air.

Eleven Village

Eleven Village

This guest house was established to help visitors experience organic life.

The guest house offers a chance to try wood cutting and cooking in an old fashioned Japanese stove.

Lunch is Obanzai Kyoto cuisine – a kind of comfort food that uses the freshest in-season vegetables.

Fukiya Furusato Village

Fukiya Furusato Village

The word furusato in Japanese evokes images of one’s hometown, a historic village or an old fashioned village. Fukiya is truly a place where you feel like you have gone back in time. It also has a friendly atmosphere. Maybe it will feel like home when you visit its red buildings and quaint streets.

The village is about 500 meters or 1,800 feet above sea level.

Visitors will probably notice right away that the rows of buildings are painted red. The village boomed because of the nearby copper mines and as a center of the production of bengara pigment. The evidence of its former glory can be seen in the stylish buildings which line the street.

Cancellations and modifications
If you would like to modify details, such as your traveling dates or the number of participants, please cancel your current reservation and make a new one. Cancellations can be made online through “My Page”. Please be aware that a cancellation fee may apply depending on the time of year.

■Cancellation period
[1)Within 60 days of receipt of payment. 2)Up to 8 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:None (free of charge)

[3 days before departure]
Cancellation fee:30% of the total tour fee

[the day before departure 1 day before departure]
Cancellation fee:40% of the total tour fee

[On the departure day On the day]
Cancellation fee:50% of the total tour fee

[After departure or in case of no-show]
Cancellation fee:100% of the total tour fee

About taxi drivers and sightseeing・Concerning your luggage
・For your convenience, we have arranged for taxis and mini-vans to allow you the comfort of traveling without being preoccupied about handling your luggage. Taxis will be available regardless of the number of participants however, due to space limitations, we ask you to inform us should you be traveling with more than 3 pieces per person (additional costs may incur). To respect your privacy, we work exclusively with experienced drivers who can only speak Japanese. For necessary information, we have prepared a separate document with useful phrases in English and other foreign languages.

・During the tour, large items such as suitcases and duffle bags will be kept in the trunk of the taxis. When getting on and off, please feel free to request access to your belongings from the driver at any time. However, we ask that you keep any valuable and fragile items as well as perishable food items with you at all times. Please acknowledge that we are not liable for any damages to your luggage in the event of an accident during transportation. We do not take responsibility for the damage, loss or theft of items due to negligence of the transportation company or its employees.

For customers joining tours during the winter period
・Over the winter season (December to March), it is not uncommon to see snow in Japan. Please understand that weather-related changes in the road conditions will also impact the tour schedule. If you need to catch a train or a flight to another city at the end of the tour, we advise you to give yourself extra time to work around any potential delays.

Itinerary Changes
・Tourist spots may sometimes need to be changed, or the length of travel time required may be different due to traffic conditions, etc. Please note that additional charges may be applicable if the arrival time is later than the end time specified in the itinerary.

Tour operation: regarding the minimum number of participants
・Tours may be canceled if the minimum number of travelers is not reached. In that case, an e-mail notifying customers to this effect will be sent up to 12 days before the start of the tour. Full refunds shall be issued for any canceled tours.

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