‘Pirate Tourism’ Launched in Seto Inland Sea

Published on : Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Japanese National Tourism Organisation logoGodzilla was named tourism ambassador for the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo, Aichi prefecture recently hired a team of ninjas to acts as tourism promoters, and now areas of the Seto Inland Sea are setting out to attract overseas visitors by pushing their ‘pirate tourism’ appeal.


Imabari in Ehime prefecture, and Onomichi in Hiroshima, along with various other tourism associations are working in unison to promote the historic legacy of the ‘Murakami Kaizoku’ – the group of pirates who controlled the waters of the Seto Inland Sea between 14th and 16th century. Alongside legal activities such as fishing and salt making, the pirates controlled some of the key sea routes into the country, with underhand money-making tactics including escorting vessels to ensure safe passage (at a fee), operating toll barriers and hijacking ships.



This little known area of Japan contains some of the country’s most scenic sightseeing spots and activities – including the Shimanami Kaido; a 70km cycling route which travels across six islands in the Seto Inland Sea, an island chain which formed the main bases for the Murakami Kaizoku. Plans to promote pirate tourism in the area for this fiscal year include creating tourist visitor centres in areas particularly rich in pirate history – such as the Murakami Suigun Museum on Innoshima Island, where travellers can learn about the colourful history of these seafarers, and the Innoshima Suigunjo castle-shaped museum in Onomichi.



Videos, TV programs, a website and foreign language literature will also be produced within this fiscal year in order to encourage an influx of tourism into this historically significant region.



Source:- Japan National Tourism Organization

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