13 days in Chugoku Itinerary

13 days in Chugoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chugoku trip planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
2
Onomichi
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Izumo
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Train
5
Hiroshima
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Singapore

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Okayama

— 2 nights
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine and then revel in the low prices at Mitsui Outlet Park Kurashiki. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at RSK Bara Garden, then take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, and finally browse the different shops at AEON MALL Mall Okayama.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Okayama trip itinerary planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Okayama is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Okayama due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Singapore in October: high temperatures in Okayama hover around 24°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Onomichi.

Things to do in Okayama

Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Onomichi

— 2 nights
A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Fukuyama Castle, then stroll through Sensui Island Camping Site, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tomo no Ura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Oyamazumi Shrine, step off the mainland to explore Okunoshima Island, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Senkoji & Senkoji Park.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Onomichi tour itinerary builder website.

You can take a train from Okayama to Onomichi in an hour. Another option is to drive. In October in Onomichi, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Izumo.

Things to do in Onomichi

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo

— 2 nights
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
On the 25th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Shimane Winery, then visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, and then make a trip to Former Taisha Station. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Grand Shrine, then enjoy the sand and surf at Inasa Beach, then step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle, and finally steep yourself in history at Buke Yashiki.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Izumo visit planner.

You can drive from Onomichi to Izumo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Izumo can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Shimonoseki

— 2 nights

Fugu Capital

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Kokura Castle and then wander the streets of Mojiko Retro. On the next day, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Kaikyokan, stop by Karato market, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Akama Shrine, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hikoshima Hachimangu Shrine.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Shimonoseki attractions planning tool.

Fly from Izumo to Shimonoseki in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Izumo in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Shimonoseki. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Hiroshima

— 3 nights

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Popular historic sites such as Atomic Bomb Dome and Hiroshima Castle are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Matsuyama Castle. Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Miyajima (in Hatsukaichi), Miyajima Omotesando Shopping Street (in Miyajima) and Thermal Spas (in Matsuyama). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, pause for some photo ops at The Cenotaph, look for gifts at Nakataya Honpo, and admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hiroshima trip tool.

You can take a train from Shimonoseki to Hiroshima in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In October in Hiroshima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Chugoku travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · Specialty Museums
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.