4 days in Okayama Prefecture & Yamaguchi Prefecture Itinerary

4 days in Okayama Prefecture & Yamaguchi Prefecture Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Okayama Momotaro Airport, Drive to Maniwa
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You've now added Hiruzen Jerseyland to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): get outside with Hiruzen Kogen, don't miss a visit to Hiruzen Jerseyland, and then stroll around Hiruzen Highlands Center Joyful Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Maniwa online tour planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Maniwa is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Traveling from Singapore to Maniwa, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Singapore in December, things will get cooler in Maniwa: highs are around 10°C and lows about 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Okayama.

Things to do in Maniwa

Parks · Outdoors · Theme Parks


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A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, take in nature's colorful creations at Okayama Korakuen Garden, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ikeda Zoo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saijo Inari, and finally see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Maniwa to Okayama takes 1.5 hours. December in Okayama sees daily highs of 10°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Okayama

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trip


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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 28th (Sat), visit Karato market and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Kaikyokan.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Shimonoseki holiday builder tool.

You can take a train from Okayama to Shimonoseki in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Shimonoseki when traveling from Okayama in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your trip

Okayama Prefecture travel guide

Gardens · Sacred & Religious Sites · Historic Walking Areas
Okayama Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Okayama.HistoryPrior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, the area of present-day Okayama Prefecture was divided between Bitchū, Bizen and Mimasaka Provinces. Okayama Prefecture was formed and named in 1871 as part of the large-scale administrative reforms of the early Meiji period (1868–1912), and the borders of the prefecture were set in 1876.GeographyOkayama Prefecture borders Hyōgo Prefecture, Tottori Prefecture, and Hiroshima Prefecture. It faces Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku across the Seto Inland Sea and includes 90 islands in the sea.Okayama Prefecture is home to the historic town of Kurashiki. Most of the population is concentrated around Kurashiki and Okayama. The small villages in the northern mountain region are aging and declining in population - more than half of the prefectures municipalities are officially designated as depopulated.


Yamaguchi Prefecture travel guide

Bridges · Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks
Yamaguchi Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan in the Chūgoku region of the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Yamaguchi, in the center of the prefecture. The largest city, however, is Shimonoseki.HistoryYamaguchi Prefecture was created by the merger of the provinces of Suō and Nagato. During the rise of the samurai class during the Heian and Kamakura Periods (794–1333), the Ouchi family of Suō Province and the Koto family of Nagato Province gained influence as powerful warrior clans. In the Muromachi Period (1336—1573), Ouchi Hiroyo, the 24th ruler of the Ouchi family conquered both areas of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The Ouchi clan imitated the city planning of Kyoto. They gained great wealth through cultural imports from the continent and trade with Korea and Ming Dynasty China. As a result, Yamaguchi came to be known as the "Kyoto of the West," and Ouchi culture flourished. Sue Harutaka defeated the 31st ruler of the Ouchi clan. The Sue clan was then defeated by Mōri Motonari, and the Mōri family gained control of the Chugoku region. Yamaguchi was ruled as part of the Mōri clan domain during the Sengoku period. Mōri Terumoto was then defeated by Tokugawa Ieyasu in the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. He was forced to give up all his land except for the Suō and Nagato areas (current-day Yamaguchi Prefecture), where he built his castle in Hagi. Mōri sought to strengthen the economic base of the region and increase local production with his Three Whites campaign (salt, rice, and paper).