5 days in East Asia Itinerary

5 days in East Asia Itinerary

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Matsuyama
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Imabari
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Onomichi
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Okayama
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Tottori
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Hokuei-cho
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Matsue
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Hiroshima
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Matsuyama

— 1 night
Matsuyama features a number of historical sites and acts as a gateway for exploring the rest of Shikoku.
To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Matsuyama holiday builder site.

Tokyo to Matsuyama is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 13°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Imabari.

Things to do in Matsuyama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Imabari

The city of Imabari encompasses several islands in Japan's inland sea, and due to this strategic location it changed hands regularly during the feudal era.
To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Imabari online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Matsuyama to Imabari in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Imabari, expect temperatures between 13°C during the day and 7°C at night. You will leave for Onomichi on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Imabari

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Onomichi

A port city next to the inland sea, Onomichi maintains a small-town feel and a domestic reputation for well-preserved landmarks, quiet streets, and traditions.
To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Onomichi trip planner.

You can drive from Imabari to Onomichi in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Imabari in December: high temperatures in Onomichi hover around 9°C and lows are around 2°C. You will leave for Okayama on the 12th (Sat).

Things to do in Onomichi

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Okayama

— 1 night
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Okayama trip planner.

Traveling by train from Onomichi to Okayama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 10°C, and evening lows to 1°C. On the 13th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tottori.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping

Tottori

A highlight of the west of the country, Tottori sits along the coast of the Sea of Japan.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Tottori Sand Dunes and then admire the masterpieces at The Sand Museum.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Tottori road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Okayama to Tottori takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in December, and nighttime lows around 4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Hokuei-cho.

Things to do in Tottori

Parks · Nature · Museums

Hokuei-cho

Your day by day itinerary now includes Conan's House Beika Shopping Street as well as Conan Station. On the 13th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Conan Station, then examine the collection at Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory, and then make a trip to Conan's House Beika Shopping Street.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hokuei-cho online day trip planner.

Traveling by journey from Tottori to Hokuei-cho takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daily temperatures in Hokuei-cho can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Hokuei-cho

Museums

Matsue

— 1 night
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.
Shinji Lake has been added to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Matsue trip app.

Getting from Hokuei-cho to Matsue by journey takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In December in Matsue, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 4°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Mon) before leaving for Hiroshima.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

Hiroshima

— 1 day

City of Peace

Grapple with history and appreciate modernity in Hiroshima, a city known around the world for its tragic past and inspiring rebirth.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Atomic Bomb Dome, make a trip to Peace Memorial Park - Hiroshima, then appreciate the history behind Children's Peace Monument, then step into the grandiose world of Hiroshima Castle, and finally don't miss a visit to Okonomimura.

To find maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Hiroshima sightseeing planner.

Travel from Matsue to Hiroshima in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Hiroshima can reach 13°C, while at night they dip to 4°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Hiroshima

Historic Sites

Tottori Prefecture travel guide

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Landmarks · Geologic Formations · Sacred & Religious Sites
Tottori Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region. The capital is the city of Tottori. It is the least populous prefecture in Japan.EtymologyThe word "Tottori" in Japanese is formed from two kanji characters. The first, means "bird" and the second, means "to get". Early residents in the area made their living catching the region's plentiful waterfowl. The name first appears in the Nihon shoki in the 23rd year of the Emperor Suiko when Yukuha Tana, an elder from the Izumo, visits the emperor. The imperial Prince Homatsu-wake was unable to speak, despite being 30 years of age. "Yukuha Tana presented the swan to the emperor. Homatsu-wake no Mikoto played with this swan and at last learned to speak. Therefore, Yukaha Tana was liberally rewarded, and was granted the title of Tottori no Miyakko." (Aston, translation)HistoryEarly historyTottori Prefecture was settled very early in the prehistoric period of Japan, as evidenced by remains from the Jōmon period (14,000 - 300 BC). The prefecture has the remains of the largest known Yayoi period (300 BC - 250 AD) settlement in Japan, the Mukibanda Yayoi remains, located in the low foothills of Mount Daisen in the cities of Daisen and Yonago. Numerous kofun tumuli from the Kofun period (250 - 538) are located across the prefecture. In 645, under the Taika reforms, the area in present-day Tottori Prefecture became two provinces, Hōki and Inaba.

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