21 days in Chugoku, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

21 days in Chugoku, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Shimonoseki
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Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nagato
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hiroshima
— 4 nights
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Kurashiki
— 2 nights
Drive
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Okayama
— 2 nights
Train
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Osaka
— 3 nights
Train
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Kyoto
— 3 nights
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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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the views from Tsunoshimao Bridge, snap pictures at Kanmon Bridge, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kaikyokan, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Akama Shrine. On the next day, make a trip to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side), then stop by Karato market, and then head off the coast to Tsunoshima.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shimonoseki trip itinerary planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Shimonoseki is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Shimonoseki. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Kuala Lumpur in September: highs in Shimonoseki hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nagato.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums · Historic Sites

Nagato

— 2 nights
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoin Shrine, don't miss a visit to Shoka Village School, make a trip to Hagi Castle Town, then go for a walk through Senjojiki, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Motonosumi Shrine. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Omijima, then explore the activities along Oomiko lake, then get engrossed in the history at Kaneko Misuzu Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Misuzu Road.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nagato trip website.

You can drive from Shimonoseki to Nagato in 1.5 hours. In September in Nagato, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Nagato

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Yamaguchi

— 2 nights

Kyoto of the West

Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Omura Masujiro Birth House, stroll around Shinyamaguchi Station North And South Passage, Head underground at Akiyoshido, enjoy breathtaking views from Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, then make a trip to Hofu tenman-gu, and finally indulge in Japan's hot spring tradition at some of the top local onsens. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Tonomachi Street, take in the spiritual surroundings of Taikodani Inari Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rurikoji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yamaguchi trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Nagato to Yamaguchi in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas · Parks

Side Trips

Hiroshima

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Mt. Misen (in Miyajima) and Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, appreciate the history behind Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and take in nature's colorful creations at Shukkei-en Garden.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima travel planning site.

Traveling by car from Yamaguchi to Hiroshima takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Kurashiki

— 2 nights
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): make a trip to Kurashiki Ivy Square, explore the world behind art at Ohara Museum of Art, get to know the fascinating history of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, then see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, and finally walk around Senkoji & Senkoji Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Achi Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Goryu Sonryuin, then snap pictures at Great Seto Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Washu Observation Deck, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Washu.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kurashiki trip planner.

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. September in Kurashiki sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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 23rd (Mon): explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then explore the world behind art at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and then pause for some photo ops at Momotaro Statue.

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You can drive from Kurashiki to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Osaka.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Osaka

— 3 nights
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Kuchu Teien Observatory and then find something for the whole family at Universal Studios Japan. Keep things going the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Dotombori District, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then contemplate the long history of Osaka Castle, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Senko-ji Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Osaka trip planner.

Traveling by train from Okayama to Osaka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Osaka are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks · Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Kyoto

— 3 nights
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
Kyoto is known for historic sites, shopping, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kiyomizu-dera Temple, wander the streets of Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nishi Honganji, and don't miss a visit to Heian Shrine.

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Take a train from Osaka to Kyoto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 33°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

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.