8 days in Osaka & Yamaguchi Prefecture Itinerary

8 days in Osaka & Yamaguchi Prefecture Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Osaka
— 1 night
Train
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Iwakuni
— 1 night
Drive
3
Nagato
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Shimonoseki
— 2 nights
Fly

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Osaka

— 1 night
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Osaka trip itinerary maker app.

Singapore, Singapore to Osaka is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and ferry. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Singapore to Osaka due to the time zone difference. In April, Osaka is much colder than Singapore - with highs of 23°C and lows of 12°C. You will leave for Iwakuni on the 26th (Sun).

Things to do in Osaka

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Iwakuni

— 1 night
The castle town of Iwakuni has an interesting and varied history populated by samurai warriors and U.S. military personnel.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Gokyo Bunko and then don't miss a visit to Statue of Sasaki Kojiro.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Iwakuni trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by train from Osaka to Iwakuni takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nagato.

Things to do in Iwakuni

Museums

Nagato

— 3 nights
Nagato is a city in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. Get out of town with these interesting Nagato side-trips: Yamaguchi (Saikotei, Kozan Park, &more), Hagi (Shoin Shrine, Shoka Village School, &more) and Mine (Jigokudai, Akiyoshidai Karst Observatory, &more). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Motonosumi Shrine and explore the activities along Beppu Bentenike.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nagato journey planner.

You can drive from Iwakuni to Nagato in 2.5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Iwakuni in April: highs in Nagato hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Shimonoseki.

Things to do in Nagato

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Shimonoseki

— 2 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Shimonoseki: Kitakyushu (Kokura Station Building, Kokura Castle, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Tsunoshimao Bridge, stroll through Shimonoseki City Kawatana no Kusu no Mori, head off the coast to Tsunoshima, and walk around Tsunoshima Lighthouse Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Shimonoseki road trip app.

You can drive from Nagato to Shimonoseki in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Nagato in April, plan for little chillier nights in Shimonoseki, with lows around 13°C. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Shimonoseki

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Yamaguchi Prefecture travel guide

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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).

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