Around Chugoku – Shikoku | 7 Days

The Chugoku and Shikoku regions are located in the west of Honshu, and consist of nine prefectures in total: five in the Chugoku region (Okayama, Hiroshima, Tottori, Shimane and Yamaguchi) and four in the Shikoku region (Ehime, Kagawa, Tokushima and Kochi).

The Seto Inland Sea is located between Honshu and Shikoku with the coastal areas commonly referred to as Setouchi. Home to over 1,000 islands, the Seto Inland Sea is well known for its outstanding natural beauty with spectacular sea and mountain views.

Yamaguchi Prefecture is at the western end of Honshu and the Sea of Japan, the Seto Inland Sea and Hibikinada face the sea of Japan and are great for seafood. Located off Hiroshima is Miyajima Island one of the most famous views of Japan that includes Itsukushima Shrine known for its torri gate floating in the sea. Ehime is the citrus capital of Japan and the Shimanami Kado Cycling Route connecting Ehime and Hiroshima with a series of bridges over several islands is a sacred site for cyclists where you can enjoy the beauty of the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea while riding your bike. Okayama Korakuen is one of Japan’s three great gardens and is a popular tourist spot.

Kawaga Prefecture is often referred to as Udon Prefecture as the noodles produced here are amongst the most delicious in all Japan.

Getting around Chugoku-Shikoku…

This tour combines all the popular sightseeing spots in the  region, using a combination of trains, buses and island ferries…

Most visitors will end up in the Chugoku region because of Hiroshima but there’s a lot more to the westernmost part of Honshu than travel guides give it credit for. Of the five prefectures in Chugoku, Hiroshima and Okayama are the most well-known, while Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi are among the least visited prefectures in Japan.

Hiroshima prefecture is dominated by its vibrant capital city with an infamously tragic past. Visitors with a little more time can make the side trip to Okayama, whose main attraction is Korakuen, one of Japan’s top three landscape gardens. Just outside of Okayama is Kurashiki, a charming canal town with historic buildings and local shops selling Chugoku’s famed white peaches.

Itinerary

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Arrive at Kansai International Airport
Transfer to Hotel (or nearby bus stop) by airport bus. (Bus Travel Time appx. 50-70min)
Osaka Castle is the symbol of Osaka and a famous sightseeing spot. It contains thirteen structures which have been designated as important cultural assets by the Japanese Government.
Accommodation Osaka

Day 2 OSAKA-YUDA ONSEN

Transfer to JR Shin-Osaka Station by yourself
Transfer to Hagi Bus Center by bullet train and bus (change bus at JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station) (Travel Time appx 190min)
Transfer to Shin-Yamaguchi Station by Bus. (Travel Time appx 60min)
Transfer to JR Yuda Onsen Station by local train. (Travel Time appx 18 min)
The Hagi Domain made efforts to introduce the reverberatory furnace, a smelting furnace necessary for casting iron cannons, as part of the reinforcement of coastal defenses.
The ruins surviving today, which exist only in Nirayama (Shizuoka Pref) and Hagi are highly precious in the history of technology in Japan.
Accommodation Yuda Onsen (Yamaguchi Prefecture)

Day 3 YUDA ONSEN-MIYAJIMA- HIROSHIMA

Transfer to JR Yuda Onsen Station by yourself
Transfer to JR Hiroshima Station by JR kocal train and bullet train. (change trains at JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station) (Travel Time appx 65min)
Transfer to Miyajima Pier by local train and ferry (change ferry at Miyajimaguchi Pier) (Travel Time appx.40min)
Transfer to JR Hiroshima Station by ferry and local train (change trains at JR Miyajimaguchi Station) (Travel Time appx 40min)
In 1996 at UNESCO”S 20th World Heritage Committies Convention in Merida, the Atomic Bomb Dome was listed as a World Heritage site, a building that represents the total devastation caused by nuclear weapons.
Accommodation Hiroshima City (Hiroshima Prefecture)

Day 4 HIROSHIMA -DOGO ONSEN

Transfer to Hiroshima Port by yourself
Transfer to Matsuyama Kanko Port by high speed boat (Travel Time appx. 70min)
Transfer to Dogo Onsen Station by local train. (Travel Time appx 20min)
Dogo Onsen is one of Japan’s most famous spas. Dogo Onsen Honkan (public bath) is symbol of Dogo Onsen. The main building constructed in 1894 and its three-level wooden tower will celebrate its 123rd anniversary this year.
Accommodation Dogo Onsen (Ehime Prefecture)

Day 5 DOGO ONSEN-KONPIRA ONSEN

Transfer to Dogo Onsen Station by yourself
Transfer to Matsuyama Station by local train (Travel Time appx 20min)
Transfer to JR Kotohira Station by express train (Travel Time appx 150min)
Kotohira-gu Shrine which honors the spiritual guardian of seafarers has been a place of faith since long ago. There are 785 stone steps to climb before you reach the main shrine.
Accommodation Konpira Onsen (Kagawa Prefecture)

Day 6 KONPIRA ONSEN-KURASHIKI-OKAYAMA

Transfer to JR Kotohira Station by yourself
Transfer to JR Kurashiki Station by express train and local train (change trains at JR Okayama Station) (Travel Time appx 80min)
Transfer to JR Okayama Station by local train (Travel Time appx 17min)
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter was chosen as the most picturesque merchants quarter in Japan. When the shogunate took control of the area about 300 years ago, a magistrate’s office was established and the town and its canal were developed into a trade center.
Accommodation Okayama City (Okayama Prefecture)

Day 7 OKAYAMA- OSAKA

Transfer to JR Okayama Station by yourself
Transfer to JR Shin-Osaka Station by bullet train (Travel Time appx 45min)

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