Guided Tour Following the History of the Murakami Pirates of the Seto Inland Sea

Explore Oshima in Ehime, a place associated with the Japan’s largest pirates, the Murakami pirates who were active between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Learn mystery behind the Murakami pirates who ruled the Seto Inland Sea!
Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Seto Inland Sea.
From the top of Mt.Kiro, overlook of the sea where the Murakami pirates delivered their goods, and enjoy the spectacular view during the e-mountain bike ride!
Dine on the mighty pirate dish, horaku-yaki (seafood pot roast).
Visit the ruins of Noshima Castle, one of the world’s rarest sea castles with commentary from a local guide!
Discover the new image of pirates from the tour!
* Duration: 5 hours
* Starts: Imabari, Japan
* Trip Category: Cultural & Theme Tours >> Historical & Heritage Tours




Explore Oshima in Ehime, a place associated with the Japan’s largest pirates, the Murakami pirates who were active between the 14th and 16th centuries.

Learn mystery behind the Murakami pirates who ruled the Seto Inland Sea!
Enjoy the gorgeous view of the Seto Inland Sea.
From the top of Mt.Kiro, overlook of the sea where the Murakami pirates delivered their goods, and enjoy the spectacular view during the e-mountain bike ride!
Dine on the mighty pirate dish, horaku-yaki (seafood pot roast).
Visit the ruins of Noshima Castle, one of the world’s rarest sea castles with commentary from a local guide!
Discover the new image of pirates from the tour!

Itinerary
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Stop At: Murakami Suigun Museum, 1285 Miyakubochō Miyakubo, Imabari, Ehime 794-2203, Japan

Tour explanation in front of Murakami Suigun Museum.

Duration: 25 minutes

Stop At: Noshima Castle Ruins, Miyakubocho Noshima, Imabari 794-0000 Ehime Prefecture

The site of Noshima Castle, where the tour starts, is the base of Noshima Murakami one of the three Murakami pirates.
When you hear castle, you probably think of some magnificent building. However, there isn’t anything like that here.
This was called umijo, and the island itself was regarded as a castle.
Visit this rare sea castle that is unprecedented in the world!

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Stop At: Murakami Suigun Museum, 1285 Miyakubochō Miyakubo, Imabari, Ehime 794-2203, Japan

we will visit the Murakami Suigun Museum.
When did the history of Murakami pirates begin?
Your guide will explain their stories that have been passed down through generations in an easy-to-understand manner while observing the exhibits.
For lunch, you can enjoy horaku-yaki, which is said to have been eaten by Murakami pirates to celebrate the victory.

Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

Stop At: Mt. Kiro Observatory Park, Yoshiumichomyo, Imabari 794-2115 Ehime Prefecture

After enjoying lunch, you will head to the final spot, Mt. Kiro.
Here, you can overlook the beautiful scenery of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, which the Murakami pirates have been protecting for generations.
From the Kirosan Observatory, you can see the ruins of eight Murakami pirate castles!

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Oyamazumi Shrine, 3327 Omishimacho Miyaura, Imabari 794-1393 Ehime Prefecture

You can optionally visit Oyamazumi Shrine and Treasure Museum on Omishima. (Tour time is extended by 120 minutes)
At Oyamazumi Shrine, many traces of the cultural aspects of Murakami pirates, such as horaku renga and teaware, and the weapons dedicated by Murakami Takeyoshi are preserved and exhibited.

Duration: 2 hours