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Murakami Kaizoku
Japan’s Largest “Pirate” group and their territory in the Geiyo Archipelago

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STORY

Luís Fróis, a Portuguese missionary who visited Japan during the Warring States period (1467-1603), recorded that the Murakami Kaizoku was the country’s largest group of pirates.
Contrary to the usual activities of pirates who loot ships for money and goods, the Murakami Kaizoku’s primary occupation was enforcing order for the safety and security of navigation, and ensuring orderly trade and distribution in the Seto Inland Sea.
Their home territory of Geiyo Archipelago, which links the ports of Onomichi and Imabari, contains many remnants of their activities including clusters of castles where they lived.
People can experience the rich past of the Murakami Kaizoku who controlled the navigational routes of the Seto Inland Sea by visiting the strategic archipelago.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

Onomichi
  • Train
    • JR Shin-Onomichi Sta.(Local Bus)〜JR Onomichi Sta.
  • Car
    • Fukuyamanishi IC(Sanyo Expwy/National Highway R2)〜Nishi Seto Onomichi IC(Setouchi Shimanami Kaido)
    • Onomichi IC(Sanyo Expwy/National Highway R184,R2)〜JR Onomichi Sta.
  • Airplane
    • Hiroshia Airport(Airport Bus)〜JR Onomichi Sta.
Imabari
  • Train
    • JR Okayama Sta.(Seto Ohashi Line/Yosan Line)〜JR Imabari Sta.
  • Car
    • Imabari-Yunoura IC(imabari-Komatsu Limited Highway/National Highway R196,R317)〜Imabari IC/Imabari-kita IC(Setouchi Shimanami Kaido)
  • Airplane
    • Matsuyama Airport(Airport Bus)〜JR Matsuyama Sta.(Yosan Line)〜JR Imabari Sta.
  • Ship
    • Osaka Port(Osaka Nanko)(Orange Ferry)〜Touyo Port(Bus or Yosan Line)〜〜JR Imabari Sta.
Shimanami Area
  • Express Bus
    • Onomichi〜Imabari
      Local Bus, Ship, Car, Bicycle, Walk
  • Express Bus
    • Hiroshima/Fukuyama〜Imabari

CONTACT

  • COMMITTEE TO PROMOTE THE APPEALS OF THE MURAKAMI KAIZOKU
  • Imabari City Board of Education Secretarial Culture Promotion Division
  • TEL:+81-898-36-1608
    FAX:+81-898-24-2008
  • Onomichi City Financial Planning Department Culture Promotion Division
  • TEL:+81-848-20-7425
    FAX:+81-848-37-2740