Introducing a new way of touring Setouchi,
brought to you by railway and cruise.
To make the Setouchi region a large touring area that visitors are enticed to return to, West Japan Railway Company and the Setonaikaikisen Group are in the midst of developing an innovative high speed sightseeing cruiser. The new route is made possible through the collaboration of the railway company and cruise line.
The cruiser name, design, and specs have been determined, with completion and unveiling targeted for summer 2020.
In addition, so that many visitors can enjoy a more luxurious experience of the Seto Inland Sea's beautiful island sites, a dedicated sightseeing cruiser most optimal for island touring is being developed and refined, in time for the Hiroshima Destination Campaign planned for the fall.
• Cruiser Name
Spica is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. With its pale blue shine, it is one of the brightest stars that form the Spring Triangle asterism. Named after the star that shines brightly over Setouchi's blue ocean, the cruiser takes passengers on a freeing journey. This is the new Setouchi highspeed sightseeing cruiser.
• Yasuyuki Kawanishi
Architect and Designer. President, Ichibansen.
Born in Nara Prefecture in 1976, Kawanishi founded ICHIBANSEN/next stations co., ltd in 2014. He is the recipient of numerous awards including The Renovation for Nakamura Station Tosa Kuroshio Railway, and the Echigo Tokimeki Railway Setsugekka awards. Kawanishi is also responsible for the design of the WEST EXPRESS GINGA train, launching in Spring 2020.
• Cruise name : Setouchi Shimatabi Line
• Serviced areas :
Tobishima Kaido Expressway ~ Shimanami Kaido Expressway areas (Geiyo Islands area)
Tobishima and Shimanami Kaido Expressways, connecting Hiroshima Port (Ujina) and Mihara Port.
Operator : Setouchi Sealine（Setonaikai Kisen Group）
Ship owner : Japan Railway Construction, Transport and Technology Agency (abbreviated name: JRTT) and Setouchi Shimatabi Corporation
Shipyard : Setouchi Craft Co., Ltd.
STU48 was named ambassadors of SEA SPICA!
• Who is STU48?
-Established in March 2017, STU48 is idol group AKB48's 6th domestic sister-group.
-Based in the Setouchi region and performing throughout its "1 ocean, 7 prefectures," STU48 is the AKB48 family's first idol group serving a wide geographic area.
-Named after the region, STU48 is an abbreviation of SeToUchi.
-The group performs cruise entertainment song, dance and talk shows in various ports around the Seto Inland Sea.