13 days in Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture & Tokushima Prefecture Itinerary

13 days in Mie Prefecture, Shiga Prefecture & Tokushima Prefecture Itinerary

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Kuwana
Drive
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Toba
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hikone
— 1 night
Drive
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Otsu
— 2 nights
Drive
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Naruto
— 1 night
Drive
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Miyoshi
— 1 night
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Nagahama
— 1 night
Drive
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Omihachiman
— 3 nights
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Kuwana

The historic town of Kuwana stands as one of the 53 post stations that dotted the route between Kyoto and Edo (as Tokyo was then known) during the Edo period.
On the 4th (Tue), take in nature's colorful creations at Nabana no Sato.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kuwana online journey planner.

Osaka to Kuwana is an approximately 3-hour bus ride. You can also take a train; or drive; or take a bus. February in Kuwana sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Toba.
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Toba — 2 nights

Notable for its oysters and the production of cultured pearls, the city of Toba, mostly situated within Ise-Shima National Park, includes a number of small islands in Ise Bay.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Toba Aquarium, step off the mainland to explore Mikimoto Pearl Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Futami Okitama Shrine, then make a trip to Meotoiwa Rocks, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sarutahiko Shrine. On the 6th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Shinmei Shrine, indulge your taste buds at Toba Marche, make a trip to Okage Yokocho, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ise Grand Shrine, then get to know the fascinating history of Ise Shrine Geku, and finally steep yourself in history at Oharai-machi.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Toba online day trip planner.

Getting from Kuwana to Toba by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. February in Toba sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Hikone.
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Hikone — 1 night

A small city on the shores of the country's largest lake, Hikone draws in visitors with its fine castle.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Ii Naomasa Statue, admire the landmark architecture of Hikone Castle Umaya, see the interesting displays at Hikone Castle Museum, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Genkyuen Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Rakuraku Garden, and finally explore the historical opulence of Hikone Castle.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikone road trip planner.

You can drive from Toba to Hikone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Traveling from Toba in February, Hikone is slightly colder at night with lows of 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Otsu.
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Otsu — 2 nights

The lake port city of Otsu has a wealth of sites of historical and cultural importance and lies within close proximity to Kyoto.
On the 8th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishiyamadera Temple, then don't miss a visit to Biwako Terrace, then fly down the slopes at Biwako Valley, and finally admire the striking features of Jishu Shrine. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mii-dera Temple (Onjo-ji Temple), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Omi Shrine, don't miss a visit to Enryakuji Temple Amida Do, then get to know the fascinating history of Hieizan Enryaku-ji Temple, then contemplate the long history of Enryaku-ji Shakado, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Komponchudo.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Otsu trip planning site.

Drive from Hikone to Otsu in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Naruto.
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Naruto — 1 night

Sightseeing in Naruto offers a good number of options, both natural and historical.
On the 10th (Mon), snap pictures at Onaruto Bridge, explore the activities along Naruto Strait, explore the activities along Naruto Whirlpools, don't miss a visit to Uzu no Michi, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Senjojiki Observation Deck.

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Traveling by car from Otsu to Naruto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Naruto when traveling from Otsu in February, with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Miyoshi.
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Miyoshi — 1 night

A relatively new city, Miyoshi encompasses six surrounding rural districts into one.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens, snap pictures at Iya Kazura Bridge, admire the sheer force of Biwa Waterfall, contemplate the waterfront views at Oboke Koboke, then appreciate the views at Iyakei Valley, and finally don't miss a visit to Manniquin Pis.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Miyoshi trip builder.

Drive from Naruto to Miyoshi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Traveling from Naruto in February, expect slightly colder with lows of 1°C in Miyoshi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Nagahama.
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Nagahama — 1 night

Rising to prominence under feudal rule in the 16th century, the city of Nagahama sits in the northeast Shiga Prefecture, on the shores of Lake Biwa.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): get to know the fascinating history of Kurokabe Square, get engrossed in the history at Nagahama Castle Historical Museum, then steep yourself in history at Nagahama Railway Square, then admire the striking features of Hokkoku Kaido Ando Family, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Biwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tsukubusuma Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Chikubushima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hogon-ji Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kehi Shrine, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Nihonkai Sakana Machi.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagahama road trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Miyoshi to Nagahama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daily temperatures in Nagahama can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Omihachiman.
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Omihachiman — 3 nights

On the 14th (Fri), get interesting insight from Tours, look for gifts at La Collina Omihachiman, don't miss a visit to Hachiman-bori, get to know the fascinating history of Omishonin Street, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Himure Hachimangu, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Hakuun-kan. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Azuchi Castle Ruins, examine the collection at Nobunagano Yakata, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ishidoji, then experience rural life at Moku Moku Farm, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Eigenji Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Omihachiman trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Nagahama to Omihachiman in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in February, and nighttime lows around 1°C. On the 16th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.
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Mie Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Historic Sites
Mie Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which is part of the Kansai region on the main Honshu island. The capital is the city of Tsu.HistoryUntil the Meiji Restoration, the area that is now Mie Prefecture was made up of Ise Province, Shima Province, Iga Province and part of Kii Province.Evidence of human habitation in Mie dates back more than 10,000 years. During the Jōmon and Yayoi periods, agricultural communities began to form along the river and coastal areas of the region. Ise Shrine is said to have been established during the Yayoi period, and in the 7th century the Saikū Imperial Residence was built in what is now Meiwa Town to serve as both a residence and administrative centre for the Saiō, an Imperial Princess who served as High Priestess of Ise Shrine.During the Edo period, the area now known as Mie Prefecture consisted of several feudal domains, each ruled by an appointed lord. Transport networks, including the Tokaido and Ise Roads, were built. Port towns such as Ohminato, Kuwana and Anōtsu, posting stations and castle towns flourished. Pilgrimages to Ise Shrine also became very popular.

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Shiga Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Shiga Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan, which forms part of the Kansai region in the western part of Honshu island. It encircles Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan. The capital is Ōtsu.

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Tokushima Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bridges · Landmarks
Tokushima Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located on Shikoku island. The capital is the city of Tokushima.

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