41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Tsuwano-cho
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Tsuwano-cho
— 3 nights
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Hamada
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oda
— 7 nights
Drive
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Okinoshima-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
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Matsue
— 11 nights
Drive
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Okuizumo-cho
— 5 nights
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Tsuwano-cho

— 3 nights
Tsuwano is a town located in Kanoashi District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan.As of March 2017, the town has an estimated population of 7,478 and a density of 25.0 persons per km². Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsuwano Castle and Anno Art Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral and Tsuwano Catholic Church. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yomeiji, take an in-depth tour of Mori Ogai Memorial Museum, steep yourself in history at Nishi Amane Former Residence, and look and learn at Nichihara Astronomical Observatory.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tsuwano-cho online day trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tsuwano-cho is an approximately 43-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Tsuwano-cho. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, things will get much colder in Tsuwano-cho: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hamada.

Things to do in Tsuwano-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Hamada

— 5 nights
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mochiishi Seacoast and Iwami Tatamigaura Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mizuho Highland and Asahi Tengusuton Snow Park. Explore Hamada's surroundings by going to Masuda (Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine, Kakinomoto Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art, go for a walk through Misumi Obira Zakura, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquas, and contemplate the long history of Hamada Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamada route planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuwano-cho to Hamada takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oda.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oda

— 7 nights
The small town of Oda, situated in central Shimane, lies nestled in the foothills of the prefecture's tallest mountain, overlooking the scenic coastline of the Sea of Japan.
Explore hidden gems such as Thermal Spas and Kotogahama Beach. Visit Tatsunogozen Shrine and Shimizudani Smelter Ruins for their historical value. Step out of Oda to go to Gotsu and see Gonokawa River, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, learn more about the world around you at Shimane Nature MUseum of Mt.Sambe Sahimel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kigami Shrine, and get to know the fascinating history of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Oda travel planner.

You can drive from Hamada to Oda in 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Oda are 8°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Okinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Oda

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Okinoshima-cho

— 6 nights
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tamawakasu Mikoto Shrine and Dangyo Falls. Escape the urban bustle at Kuniga Bay and Akiya Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Ama-cho (Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, Gotoba-Emperor Cremain Mound, &more), Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura) and Nishinoshima-cho (Takuhi Shrine, Onimai Lookout, &more).

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Okinoshima-cho online trip maker.

Getting from Oda to Okinoshima-cho by car takes about 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Okinoshima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matsue

— 11 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.
Mihonoseki and Iya Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Hinomisaki Coast and Koryo Kunibiki Coast. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Tateiwa Shrine, Hinomisaki Shrine, &more), Komyoji Temple (in Unnan) and Yasugi (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Adachi Museum of Art). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sada Shrine and contemplate the long history of Matsue Castle.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Matsue day trip tool.

Drive from Okinoshima-cho to Matsue in 4 hours. In February in Matsue, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Okuizumo-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Okuizumo-cho

— 5 nights
Take a break from the city and head to Oni no Shitaburui and Mt. Sentsu. Popular historic sites such as Tanabeke Dozogun and Kingen-ji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Okuizumo-cho side-trips: Unnan (Sugaya Takadono, Kumomi Fall, &more).

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Okuizumo-cho online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Okuizumo-cho takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Okuizumo-cho can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Okuizumo-cho

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Shimane Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Gardens · Castles
Shimane Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. It is divided into the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the West and the Oki Region, a small group of islands off the northern coast. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Korean: Dokdo(獨島), Japanese: Takeshima(竹島)).HistoryEarly historyThe history of Shimane starts with Japanese mythology. The Shinto god Ōkuninushi was believed to live in Izumo, an old province in Shimane. Izumo Shrine, which is in the city of Izumo, honors the god. At that time, the current Shimane prefecture was divided into three parts: Iwami, Izumo, and Oki. That lasted until the abolition of the han system took place in 1871. During the Nara period, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro read a poem on Shimane's nature when he was sent as the Royal governor.

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