21 days in Chugoku, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

21 days in Chugoku, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

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21 days in Chugoku, Osaka & Kyoto Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Drive:  15​h 30​min
1
Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Nagato
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Yamaguchi
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Hiroshima
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
5
Kurashiki
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
6
Okayama
— 2 nights
train:  45​min
7
Osaka
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Kyoto
— 3 nights
train + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
nights
Shimonoseki

Shimonoseki ©
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, then snap pictures at Kanmon Bridge, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Kaikyokan, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Akama Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kanmon Tunnel for Humans (Shimonoseki Side) and then head off the coast to Tsunoshima.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Shimonoseki travel route website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Shimonoseki is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Shimonoseki, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Kuala Lumpur, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Shimonoseki, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Nagato.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks Nature Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Kaikyokan ©
Kaikyokan
Tsunoshimao Bridge ©
Tsunoshimao Bridge
Karato market ©
Karato market

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nights
Nagato

Nagato ©
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. On the 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shoin Shrine, contemplate the long history of Shoka Village School, then don't miss a visit to Shizuki Park (Hagi Castle), then take in the pleasant sights at Senjojiki, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Motonosumi Shrine. On your second day here, head off the coast to Omijima, then contemplate the waterfront views at Oomiko lake, then take an in-depth tour of Kaneko Misuzu Memorial Museum, and finally make a trip to Misuzu Road.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nagato trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Shimonoseki to Nagato takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Yamaguchi.

Things to do in Nagato

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hagi
Highlights from your plan
Omijima ©
Omijima
Hagi Castle Town ©
Hagi Castle Town
Motonosumi Shrine ©
Motonosumi Shrine

2
nights
Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi ©
Located at the center of Yamaguchi Prefecture, the regional capital of Yamaguchi is renowned for its temples and shrines.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Omura Masujiro Birth House, stroll around Shinyamaguchi Station North And South Passage, explore the fascinating underground world of Akiyoshido, then take in panoramic vistas at Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, then make a trip to Hofu tenman-gu, and finally soak in some Japanese tradition at some of the top local onsens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): make a trip to Tonomachi Street, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taikodani Inari Shrine, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rurikoji Temple, then don't miss a visit to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yamaguchi trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nagato to Yamaguchi takes 1.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hiroshima.

Things to do in Yamaguchi

Historic Sites Spas Baths

Side Trips

Mine, Tsuwano-cho, Hofu tenman-gu
Highlights from your plan
Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church ©
Yamaguchi Xavier Memorial Church
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda
Akiyoshido ©
Akiyoshido

4
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Get out of town with these interesting Hiroshima side-trips: Hatsukaichi (Itsukushima Shrine Torii, Itsukushima Shrine, & more) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, examine the collection at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and appreciate the history behind Peace Bell.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Hiroshima trip itinerary builder tool .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Kurashiki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Hatsukaichi
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima
Atomic Bomb Dome ©
Atomic Bomb Dome

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nights
Kurashiki

Kurashiki ©
A town once known for its industriousness, today Kurashiki enjoys a reputation for its architecture and art.
Kick 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 examine the collection at Japanese Rural Toy Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kurashiki Folkcraft Museum, and finally stroll around Senkoji & Senkoji Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Achi Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Goryu Sonryuin, take a memorable drive along Great Seto Bridge, then enjoy breathtaking views from Mt. Washu Observation Deck, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mt. Washu.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kurashiki trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Kurashiki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Okayama.

Things to do in Kurashiki

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Senkoji & Senkoji Park
Highlights from your plan
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Japanese Rural Toy Museum ©
Japanese Rural Toy Museum

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nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Okayama Castle, then admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, then admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsuhiko Shrine. On the next day, delve into the lush surroundings at Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kibitsu Shrine, and then appreciate the history behind Momotaro Statue.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Okayama tour planner .

Okayama is just a short distance from Kurashiki. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Kibitsu Shrine ©
Kibitsu Shrine

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nights
Osaka

Osaka ©
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 get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll through Dotonbori, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, then step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senko-ji Temple.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Osaka trip tool .

You can take a train from Okayama to Osaka in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Osaka, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 24°C at night. On the 27th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Kyoto.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nara Park
Highlights from your plan
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle
Dotonbori ©
Dotonbori

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nights
Kyoto

Kyoto ©
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, classes, parks, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Kiyomizu-dera Temple, go for a walk through Arashiyama, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, and step into the grandiose world of Nijo Castle.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kyoto trip planner .

Kyoto is just a short distance from Osaka. In September, daytime highs in Kyoto are 33°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Nijo Castle ©
Nijo Castle