19 days in Chugoku Itinerary

19 days in Chugoku Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Chugoku Trip Planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Okayama Momotaro Airport, Drive to Hoki-cho
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Hoki-cho
— 1 day
Drive
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Tottori
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matsue
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nishinoshima-cho
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hamada
— 1 night
Drive
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Nagato
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hatsukaichi
— 3 nights
Train to Hakata, Fly to Singapore

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Hoki-cho

— 1 day
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): let the kids burn off some steam at Morinokuni, visit Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Tottori Hanakairo-Flower Park.

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Singapore, Singapore to Hoki-cho is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Singapore to Hoki-cho, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Singapore in December; daily highs in Hoki-cho reach 11°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Hoki-cho

Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tottori

— 4 nights
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Uradome Coast and The Sand Museum. Family-friendly places like Tottori Sand Dunes and Uradome Seacoast Marine Park will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tottori: Higashihama Beach (in Iwami-cho) and Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple (in Misasa-cho). The adventure continues: stroll through Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore, step off the mainland to explore Natanejima Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kannonin, and take in panoramic vistas at Urado Observatory Deck.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Tottori road trip planning app.

Drive from Hoki-cho to Tottori in 1.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tottori are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Matsue

— 4 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.
Family-friendly places like Matsue Vogel Park and Yuushien Garden will thrill your kids. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yaegaki Shrine and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Change things up with these side-trips from Matsue: Mizuki Shigeru Museum (in Sakaiminato) and Izumo (Inasa Beach, Former Taisha Station, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Miho Shrine, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, step off the mainland to explore Katsura Island, and explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Matsue travel planner.

Getting from Tottori to Matsue by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Matsue sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 4°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nishinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Nishinoshima-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Matengai Cliff, make a trip to Akao Lookout, then kick back and relax at Kuniga Bay, and finally don't miss a visit to Onimai Lookout. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Akiya Beach, explore the striking landscape at Oki Chibu Red Cliff, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yurahime Shrine.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Nishinoshima-cho trip itinerary builder app.

Drive from Matsue to Nishinoshima-cho in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can travel to Hamada.

Things to do in Nishinoshima-cho

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Hamada

— 1 night
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. On the 19th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Iwami Tatamigaura Beach and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquas.

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You can drive from Nishinoshima-cho to Hamada in 6.5 hours. December in Hamada sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nagato.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks · Beaches · Nature · Outdoors

Nagato

— 3 nights
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Akiyoshido and Shoka Village School. Kids will enjoy Kaikyokan and Kita-Nagato Coast. Get out of town with these interesting Nagato side-trips: Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory (in Mine), Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda (in Yamaguchi) and Hagi (Ebisugahana Shipyard, Shoin Shrine, &more).

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Nagato trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Hamada to Nagato in 2.5 hours. In December in Nagato, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hatsukaichi.

Things to do in Nagato

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi

— 3 nights
The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, head off the coast to Miyajima, and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Miyajima Public Aquarium. On your second day here, explore the historical opulence of Hiroshima Castle, pause for some photo ops at Peace Bell, then steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, and finally see the interesting displays at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nagato to Hatsukaichi in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Nagato in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Hatsukaichi, with lows of 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hatsukaichi

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Chugoku travel guide

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Historic Sites · Sacred & Religious Sites · History 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.