60 days in Chugoku Itinerary

60 days in Chugoku Itinerary

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Okayama
— 6 nights
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Fukuyama
— 8 nights
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Matsue
— 11 nights
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Oda
— 7 nights
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Hagi
— 8 nights
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Shimonoseki
— 8 nights
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Hiroshima
— 10 nights
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Okayama — 6 nights

A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Venture out of the city with trips to Takahashi (Bitchu Matsuyama Castle & Takahashishi Nariwa Museum), Kurashiki (Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Komori Onsen (in Kibichuo-cho). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, experience rural life at Nanaku Strawberry Farm, and explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan).

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Okayama trip planner.

Newark, USA to Okayama is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Japan Standard Time, which is usually a 14 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in June, expect nights in Okayama to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Fukuyama.
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Fukuyama — 8 nights

A trip to Fukuyama, a riverside city known for its fragrant roses, is not complete without a visit to its main attraction, a quaint port village lined with old wooden houses and fishing boats.
Get out of town with these interesting Fukuyama side-trips: Onomichi (Jyodo Shrine, Kobo Onomichi Hampu, &more), Kasaoka (Kasaokawan Kantakuchi no Hana, Shiraishi Island, &more) and Takehara (Mt. Kurotaki & Parking Area Eden no Umi). There's much more to do: learn and have fun at iwase shoten & co. (somelabo), contemplate the waterfront views at Oike, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Io-ji Temple, and take in the views from Utsumi Ohashi Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Okayama to Fukuyama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in June, and nighttime lows around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Matsue.
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Matsue — 11 nights

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: The Mizuki Shigeru Road (in Sakaiminato), Izumo (Inasa Shrine, Former Taisha Station, &more) and Yonago (Kaike Seaside Park & Hanakaze no Ashiyu). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Matsue Castle, don't miss a visit to Buke Yashiki, contemplate the waterfront views at Mirror Pond, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Matsue road trip planning tool.

Drive from Fukuyama to Matsue in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June in Matsue, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 66°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oda.
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Oda — 7 nights

The small town of Oda, situated in central Shimane, lies nestled in the foothills of the prefecture's tallest mountain, overlooking the scenic coastline of the Sea of Japan.
Get out of town with these interesting Oda side-trips: Unnan (Sugaya Takadono & Yaedaki Falls), Miyoshi (Jusaburo Tsujimura-Museum Miyoshi History and Folklore Museum, MIyoshi Sports Park Asobi no Okoku, &more) and Hamada (Hiroshima Railway Imafuku Line, Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art, &more). And it doesn't end there: test the waters at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Kumagai Family's House, take in the awesome beauty at Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe, and discover the riches below the earth's surface at Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Oda trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Oda takes 1.5 hours. July in Oda sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 75°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Hagi.
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Hagi — 8 nights

A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
Get out of town with these interesting Hagi side-trips: Tsuwano-cho (Yomeiji, Washibara Hachiman Shrine, &more), Yamaguchi (Omura Masujiro Birth House, Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, &more) and Mine (Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, Akiyoshido, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Former House of Yamamura Family, contemplate the waterfront views at Myojin Pond, appreciate the extensive heritage of Hamasaki Machiya Preservation Area, and head outdoors with Kita-Nagato Coast.

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You can drive from Oda to Hagi in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Shimonoseki.
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Shimonoseki — 8 nights

A bustling port town noted as the site of two major battles in Japan's history, Shimonoseki also attracts gourmands as the world capital of the potentially poisonous pufferfish, or fugu--prepared only by licensed chefs and considered a delicacy.
Change things up with these side-trips from Shimonoseki: Ube (Fuji Grand Ube, Sculpture Seed Zoshoku, &more) and Kirara Beach Yakeno (in Sanyo Onoda). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Tsunoshimao Bridge, visit Karato market, take in the history at The Site of Dannoura Battlefield, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akama Shrine.

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Traveling by car from Hagi to Shimonoseki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Shimonoseki sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train to Hiroshima.
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Hiroshima — 10 nights

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Tahoto, &more), Miyajima (Mt. Misen & Momijidani Park) and Kure (JMSDF Kure Museum & Yamato Museum). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima trip planner.

Take a train from Shimonoseki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. July in Hiroshima sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 76°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 5:

Chugoku travel guide

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The western portion of the island of Honshu, Chugoku features two distinct seacoasts. The area along the Seto Inland Sea represents one of Japan's most industrialized and urbanized sections, while the coastline lapped by the Sea of Japan remains more rural--as well as less touristy. Both areas offer plenty of vacation ideas in Chugoku, with pilgrimages to see over 30 historic temples among the most popular things to do here. The region also contains Hiroshima, which is not only the site of the infamous atomic bombing, but also a modern urban center with a busy nightlife and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that appeals to foreign tourists.
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