9 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

9 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shimane Prefecture trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Hiroshima Airport, Drive to Oda
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Oda
— 2 nights
Drive
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Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hamada
— 2 nights
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Makassar

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Oda

— 2 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Oda: Izumo (Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Inasa Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, take an in-depth tour of Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center, and test the waters at a local thermal spa.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Oda route maker app.

Makassar, Indonesia to Oda is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Makassar in February; daily highs in Oda reach 9°C and lows reach 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Oda

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Matsue

— 3 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.
Take a break from Matsue with a short trip to Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi, about 34 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine, don't miss a visit to Matsue Castle, explore the world behind art at Shimane Art Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Matsue Vogel Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matsue day trip app.

Traveling by car from Oda to Matsue takes 1.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hamada.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Hamada

— 2 nights
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Asahi Tengusuton Snow Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryuunji Temple, then admire the masterpieces at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquas.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Hamada online travel route planner.

Getting from Matsue to Hamada by car takes about 2.5 hours. February in Hamada sees daily highs of 9°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your 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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