31 days in Chugoku Itinerary

31 days in Chugoku Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hiroshima
— 5 nights
2
Shimonoseki
— 4 nights
3
Hagi
— 4 nights
4
Matsue
— 4 nights
5
Tottori
— 4 nights
6
Okayama
— 8 nights

5
nights
Hiroshima

Hiroshima ©
Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and JMSDF Kure Museum. Visit Kashima Kaisuiyokujo and Mikasahama Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Hiroshima: Hatsukaichi (Miyajima, Itsukushima Shrine Torii, &more), Yamato Museum (in Kure) and Mt. Misen (in Miyajima). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Atomic Bomb Dome, admire the masterpieces at Hiroshima Museum of Art, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, and take an in-depth tour of Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hiroshima day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Hiroshima is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Hiroshima, you'll lose 14 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in July, expect Hiroshima to be a bit warmer, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Hatsukaichi, Kure, Anaba Shrine, Kosanji Temple, Kashima Kaisuiyokujo
Highlights from your plan
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum ©
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Itsukushima Shrine ©
Itsukushima Shrine
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima ©
Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Kirara Beach Yakeno and Cobalt Blue Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History & Human History and Kitakyushu Manga Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ube (Coal Museum, Kiwa Ra Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Doigahama Bathing Beach, get outside with Shiokaze Cobalt Blue Beach, take in the dramatic scenery at Tokusen no Taki Fall, and contemplate the long history of Fukujuji Temple.

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Traveling by train from Hiroshima to Shimonoseki takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Shimonoseki sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hagi.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kitakyushu, Ube, Kirara Beach Yakeno
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Hagi

Hagi ©
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.
Former House of Yamamura Family and Unrin-ji Temple will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yukawa Family Old Residence and Anno Art Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Masuda (Mochiishi Seacoast & Kakinomoto Shrine), Mine (Akiyoshido, Akiyoshidai Observation Trail, &more) and Nagato (Oomiko lake & Kazuki Yasuo Museum). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Kita-Nagato Coast, get engrossed in the history at Kaiten Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kanyoji Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Hagi online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Shimonoseki to Hagi takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Hagi, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hagi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Mine, Shunan, Masuda, Nagato, Anno Art Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kita-Nagato Coast ©
Kita-Nagato Coast
Akiyoshido ©
Akiyoshido
Anno Art Museum ©
Anno Art Museum

4
nights
Matsue

Matsue ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Matsue Castle and Izumo Taisha Shrine are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Adachi Museum of Art and Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan. Get out of town with these interesting Matsue side-trips: Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura), Ama-cho (Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center & Akiya Beach) and Kuniga Bay (in Nishinoshima-cho). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Koryo Kunibiki Coast, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum, and contemplate the long history of Buke Yashiki.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Matsue tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Hagi to Matsue in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Tottori.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, Ama-cho, Oki Chibu Red Cliff, Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan, Kuniga Bay
Highlights from your plan
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine

4
nights
Tottori

Tottori ©
A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Visiting Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore and Tottori Sand Dunes will get you outdoors. Let the collections at The Sand Museum and San'in Kaigan Geopark Museum of the Earth and Sea capture your imagination. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tottori: Chizushuku (in Chizu-cho), Hiruzen Kogen Cycling Road (in Maniwa) and Higashihama Beach (in Iwami-cho). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Uradome Seacoast Marine Park, look for gifts at Tofu Chikuwa no Sato Chimura, explore the activities along Uradome Coast, and head off the coast to Natanejima Island.

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You can drive from Matsue to Tottori in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Tottori are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Iwami-cho, Chizushuku, Hiruzen Kogen Cycling Road
Highlights from your plan
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore ©
Shirahara Kamogaiso Rocky Shore
Uradome Seacoast Marine Park
Uradome Seacoast Marine Park
Tottori Sand Dunes ©
Tottori Sand Dunes

8
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
You'll get in some beach time at Chichibugahama Beach and Shibukawa Camp Site. Your inner history buff will appreciate Himeji Castle and Io-ji Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Okayama: Bizen (Irigyogyo Kyodo Kumiai Manaichi, FAN Museum, &more), Kurashiki (Kurashiki City Geibun-kan, Ohara Museum of Art, &more) and Kinojo Castle (in Soja). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kibitsu Shrine, admire the masterpieces at Yumeji Art Museum (Yumeji-Kyodo Bijutsukan), and take a peaceful walk through Tatsunokuchi Green Shower Forest.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Okayama trip app.

You can drive from Tottori to Okayama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, daytime highs in Okayama are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Bizen, Tsuyama, Himeji Castle, Bitchu Matsuyama Castle
Highlights from your plan
Himeji Castle ©
Himeji Castle
Ohara Museum of Art ©
Ohara Museum of Art
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter