8 days in Chugoku Itinerary
8 days in Chugoku Itinerary
Created using Inspirock Chugoku tour itinerary builder
Route & dates
Start: Chiang Mai
Fly + Bus: 11 h 30 min
Hatsukaichi— 1 day
Drive: 2 h
Hagi— 2 nights
Drive: 3 h
Oda— 1 night
Drive: 1 h 45 min
Matsue— 3 nights
Drive + Fly: 12 h 45 min
End: Chiang Mai
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The city of Hatsukaichi developed from a small market town, frequented by passing samurais during the Edo period.On the 28th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Miyama Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Daishoin Temple, walk around Momijidani Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Senjokaku, and finally steep yourself in history at Itsukushima Shrine Torii.
To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hatsukaichi trip app.
Chiang Mai, Thailand to Hatsukaichi is an approximately 11- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chiang Mai to Hatsukaichi is 2 hours. In March, Hatsukaichi is colder than Chiang Mai - with highs of 16°C and lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Hagi.
Things to do in Hatsukaichi
A quiet castle town with a wealth of historic sites, Hagi draws visitors with its solid collection of traditional Japanese architecture.Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Birth Place of Shoin Yoshida, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tokoji Temple, contemplate the long history of Yukawa Family Old Residence, then Head underground at Akiyoshido, and finally make a trip to Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kita-Nagato Coast, don't miss a visit to Ebisugahana Shipyard, then get to know the fascinating history of Hamasaki Machiya Preservation Area, then steep yourself in history at Former House of Yamamura Family, and finally steep yourself in history at Shoka Village School.
To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hagi tour itinerary planner.
Traveling by car from Hatsukaichi to Hagi takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. March in Hagi sees daily highs of 14°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can travel to Oda.
Things to do in Hagi
Ruriko Temple Five-Story Pagoda, Akiyoshido
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.Start off your visit on the 31st (Sun): contemplate the long history of Omori Town Exchange Center, soak in some Japanese tradition at Yunotsu Onsen, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Tatsunogozen Shrine, and finally kick back and relax at Kotogahama Beach.
To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Oda trip planner.
You can drive from Hagi to Oda in 3 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Oda when traveling from Hagi in March, with lows around 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Matsue.
Things to do in Oda
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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.On the 1st (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, visit a coastal fixture at Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hinomisaki Shrine, then contemplate the long history of Former Taisha Station, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Miho Shrine, then contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake, then delve into the distant past at Kojindani Ruin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tamatsukuriyu Shrine.
To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Matsue trip builder site.
You can drive from Oda to Matsue in 1.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 15°C, and evening lows to 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.
Things to do in Matsue
Izumo, Shinji Lake