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2023.07.07

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Announcing the Fiscal 2023 Service Plan for the “etSETOra,” Tourism Train Steeped in the Charms of Setouchi

In October 2020, the “etSETOra” tourism train made its debut on the Kure Line between Hiroshima and Onomichi. Ever since, it has continued to earn stellar marks from a steady stream of satisfied travelers for helping showcase the myriad charms of the Setouchi region. On this occasion, we are pleased to announce this distinctive train’s service plan for fiscal year 2023.
Onboard, passengers enjoy selections of original and delicious sweets. Operated on return trips is an onboard bar serving liquor and snacks native to areas lying along the line. During both outgoing and return runs, the train slows down or fully stops at scenic points, enabling riders to savor the views from the windows. This train is a great means to bask in the sensual pleasures of Setouchi, while being gently rocked by the relaxing rhythms of the tracks.

“etSETOra” – Tourism Train Impeccably Engineered in the Local Flavor

“Et cetera” is the Latin phrase used to express “various other things,” “and so forth” and similar concepts. The “etSETOra” reflects this nuance, striving to articulate the attractions of the Setouchi region found along the train’s route. The origins lie in the phrase “etto,” which in the local Hiroshima dialect means “many” or “numerous.” In other words, the hope is for passengers on this train to tune into and interact with the abundant attractions found in Seto.

〇 Logo Design Mounted on the Engine Front

Train Profile

〇 Exterior

The train facade is project images drawn from the gentle scenery of Setouchi. This includes the “deep blue” waters of the Seto Inland Sea, along with the “frothy white” waves caressing the coastline.

* Please note that the actual views may differ somewhat from these images.

〇 Interior (Car 1)

Hugging the coast, passengers take in breathtaking views of the many scenic islands along the Seto Inland Sea from inside the train.

* Please note that the actual views may differ somewhat from these images.

The Car 1 interior is styled after the placid sensations of Miyajima Island in Hiroshima Prefecture during in autumn. The floor design simulates the tatami mats used in Senjokaku Pavilion on Miyajima.

The train bar counter serves fine liquor and snack selections native to districts along the line.

〇 Interior (Car 2)

The train windows ensure spectacular views of the many scenic islands along the Seto Inland Sea.

* Please note that the actual views may differ somewhat from these images.

The Car 2 interior is modeled after the tender green colors of the Setouchi mountains. The flooring pattern was inspired by the famous cobblestone pavement of Onomichi.

Service Information

Service is available from April, 2023 to February, 2024
Operation on Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays (excluding the year-end/new year holiday season)

* Operation also available on Tuesday August 15 during “Bon” (Japan’s major Buddhist summer ancestral worship festival).
* No service on December 4 (Monday), 2023 due to maintenance procedures on the Kure Line.

〇 Train Schedule

INFORMATION

〈Train Fare Rates〉
All cars require Green car reservations. In addition to passenger tickets, ordinary train reserved Green seat tickets must also be purchased.
Outbound Hiroshima-Onomichi / Return route Onomichi-Hiroshima: One-way fares Adults 2,520 yen, children 1,760 yen
〈Seating Capacity〉
40 seats
Counter 18 seats (sea side)
4-person tables 8 seats (sea side)
2-person tables 14 seats (mountain side)

Onboard Service

Click here for the onboard sales menu (PDF)
Japanese Only

- Return trip cabin sales conclude upon arrival at Kure Station.

◯ Round trip

Sweets supplied by Japanese confectionery craftsmen and pastry chefs active in Hiroshima Prefecture.
(Reservations: Place 4 days before boarding)

Seto Small Box (Japanese Sweets)

■ Producer: Shungetsu Kagura
■ Menu
Three Traditional Unbaked Sweets
Handmade Bean Jam Filled Wafers (topped with Hiroshima maple leaf)
Brown Sugar Coated Walnuts (dusted with roasted soybean flour)
■ Price: 2,000 yen (with tax), including coffee or green tea

〈Message from the Producer〉
“Mitsuya” has excelled for many years as a premier confectionery concern in the Kure area. The shop crafts sweets under the Shungetsu Kagura brand, using only the very best ingredients in meticulous devotion to quality. This small box was conceived to enhance the flavor and pleasure of travel on the etSETOra.

Place Orders Here
Japanese Only

Seto Small Box (Western Sweets)

■ Producer: Castagna
■ Menu
Pione Jelly
Sela Pea Chocolate Cake
Citrus Cheesecake
■ Price: 2,000 yen (with tax), including coffee or green tea

〈Message from the Producer〉
Crafter of distinctive Western confections in the Fukuda district of Higashi Ward in Hiroshima City. Cake selections are popular for their use of ingredients native to Setouchi and Hiroshima. Enjoy these delicacies hand in hand with the superb scenery visible from the etSETOra car windows.

Place Orders Here
Japanese Only

Seto Small Box (Japanese Sweets & Savories)

■ Produced by: Hotel Granvia Hiroshima
■ Selections
〇 Sweets
Setouchi Lemon Tiramisu
Hiroshima Prefecture Aohata Apple Jam Shortcake
Berry and Cheese Tart
〇 Savories
Marinated Seafood with Setouchi Lemon Dressing
Sera District Egg and Truffle Quiche
Oyster Soy Sauce Seasoned Wagyu Roast Beef & Consommé Jelly, accompanied by Hiroshima-Grown Mushrooms
■ Price: 3,700 yen (with tax), including coffee or green tea

〈Message from the Supervising Chef〉
This Seto Small Box, a distinctive offering from the Hotel Granvia Hiroshima, has been conceived to enhance both the culinary and visual pleasures of passengers on the etSETOra Tourism Train. The assortment contains six items, three sweets and three savories, crafted from rigidly selected ingredients native to the Hiroshima and Setouchi areas. Meticulous creations of a veteran pastry and savory chef team, envisioned to be relished while basking in the exquisite coastline scenery visible from the train car windows. A charming and tasty touch certain to further enhance the elegance of this special railway travel experience.

Place Orders Here
Japanese Only

- All sweets may be ordered from the “tabiwa by WESTER” exclusive smartphone online app.
- Orders must be placed 4 days before boarding. Only orders received for use on the etSETOra train are produced.
- Details of the actual creations may differ from this photo image.
- Changes occur in the contents due to the season or procurement status

○ Return trip

Sweets supplied by chocolate specialists and long-standing Western confectionery shops in Hiroshima Prefecture.
(Reservations: Place 4 days before boarding)

Seto Small Box (Chocolates)

■ Producer: marco chocolaterie
■ Menu
Crumble chocolate (5 types)
Grain chocolate (3 types)
■ Price: 2,000 yen (with tax)

〈Message from the Producer〉
Savor the gentle texture of crumble chocolate, in tandem with the aroma of homemade style peel organette from Hiroshima Prefecture. As an etSETOra original, meanwhile, we take great pride in the crumble chocolate smothered in pione and fig topping. Relish these culinary gems while leisurely gazing out the train windows.

Place Orders Here
Japanese Only

Seto Small Box (Baked Joys)

■ Producer: Doruse Western sweets shop
■ Menu
Tiramisu tarts (2)
Strawberry tarts (2)
Lemon tarts (2)
■ Price: 2,000 yen (with tax)

〈Message from the Producer〉
Delectable combination of cream that literally melts in the mouth and baked chocolate. Packaged with strawberry and lemon flavored tarts crafted as etSETOra originals, this box set is guaranteed to further enhance the pleasant journey down the line.

Place Orders Here
Japanese Only

- All sweets may be ordered from the “tabiwa by WESTER” exclusive smartphone online app.
- Orders must be placed 4 days before boarding. Only orders received for use on the etSETOra train are produced.
- Details of the actual creations may differ from this photo image.
- Changes occur in the contents due to the season or procurement status

At the bar counter, sip on original cocktails blended from Hiroshima distilled gin, sake and other beverage pleasures.

■ etSETOra Original Cocktail “SETOUCHI BLOSSOM”

This gin and tonic creation with an arousing citrus aroma, is immaculately blended from “Sakurao” Japanese craft gin of Sakurao B&D (Hatsukaichi City), together with the “Whole Fruit” spread of Awohata in Takehara City. Prepared under the connoisseur supervision of “Mayflower” – the main bar at Hotel Granvia Hiroshima.

Click here for the bar counter menu (PDF)
Japanese Only

- Bar counter service concludes upon arrival at Kure Station.
- Details of the actual creations may differ from this photo image.
- Changes occur in the contents due to the season or procurement status

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※All photographs are for illustrative purposes only

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