41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  41 h
1
Tsuwano-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hamada
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Oda
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Okinoshima-cho
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Matsue
— 11 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Okuizumo-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  40 h
End: Buenos Aires

3
nights
Tsuwano-cho

Tsuwano-cho ©
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 Taikodani Inari Shrine and Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Tsuwano Castle and Tsuwano Catholic Church. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Anno Art Museum, see the interesting displays at Shisei Kuwahara Photographic Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Tsuwanocho Hommachidori, and contemplate the long history of Nishi Amane Former Residence.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, 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
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Taikodani Inari Shrine ©
Taikodani Inari Shrine
Tsuwano Castle ©
Tsuwano Castle
Anno Art Museum ©
Anno Art Museum

5
nights
Hamada

Hamada ©
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 still lots to do: meet the residents at Aquas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryuunji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Misumi Obira Zakura, and explore the world behind art at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hamada holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tsuwano-cho to Hamada takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hamada can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oda.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Masuda, Mizuho Highland
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Mizuho Highland ©
Mizuho Highland
Manpukuji Temple ©
Manpukuji Temple
Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine ©
Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine

7
nights
Oda

Oda ©
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 Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. Visit 500 Luohans and Village Headman Residence for their historical value. Step out of Oda to go to Gotsu and see Gonokawa River, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kigami Shrine, steep yourself in history at Yanagihara Residence, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oda road trip planning app.

Drive from Hamada to Oda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Okinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Oda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gonokawa River
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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine ©
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
Thermal Spas
Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park ©
Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park

6
nights
Okinoshima-cho

Okinoshima-cho ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dangyo Falls and Rosokujima. Escape the urban bustle at Shiohama Beach and Yui Pond. Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinoshima-cho (Takuhi Shrine, Onimai Lookout, &more), Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura) and Ama-cho (Akiya Beach, Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, &more).

To find other places to visit, where to stay, 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

Side Trips

Nishinoshima-cho, Ama-cho, Oki Chibu Red Cliff
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Yui Pond ©
Yui Pond
Oki Shrine ©
Oki Shrine
Yurahime Shrine ©
Yurahime Shrine

11
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.
Hinomisaki Shrine and Kamosu Shrine are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Hinomisaki Coast and Inasa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Tateiwa Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, &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 Kumano Taisha Shrine, take a stroll through Mihonoseki, explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, and explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Matsue trip planner.

Getting from Okinoshima-cho to Matsue by car takes about 4 hours. In February in Matsue, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Okuizumo-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, Unnan, Yasugi, Shinji Lake
Highlights from your plan
Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine
Miho Shrine ©
Miho Shrine
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine

5
nights
Okuizumo-cho

Okuizumo-cho ©
Take a break from the city and head to Oni no Shitaburui and Ryuzuga Taki Falls. Popular historic sites such as Mineji Temple 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 traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Okuizumo-cho trip tool.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Okuizumo-cho takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Okuizumo-cho are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 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

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Unnan
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Ryuzuga Taki Falls ©
Ryuzuga Taki Falls
Mineji Temple ©
Mineji Temple
Oku-izumo Vineyard ©
Oku-izumo Vineyard