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DESTINATION Chugoku

Chugoku

Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi Get off the beaten track to explore Yamaguchi's samurai history and the natural beauty its limestone caves, serene beaches and stunning coastline Get off the beaten track to explore Yamaguchi's samurai history and the natural beauty its limestone caves, serene beaches and stunning coastline
Shimane
Shimane Shimane and its natural beauty are steeped in mythology. It is home to pristine island beaches, an important former silver mine and one of Japan's holiest shrines Shimane and its natural beauty are steeped in mythology. It is home to pristine island beaches, an important former silver mine and one of Japan's holiest shrines
Tottori
Tottori Japan's least populated prefecture, Tottori is a nature-rich, off-the-radar destination that has changed little over the centuries Japan's least populated prefecture, Tottori is a nature-rich, off-the-radar destination that has changed little over the centuries
Hiroshima
Hiroshima Hiroshima's natural draws are the Seto Inland Sea, forested mountains and pristine waters. These are additional perks for visitors exploring the prefecture's peace connection, shrines and museums Hiroshima's natural draws are the Seto Inland Sea, forested mountains and pristine waters. These are additional perks for visitors exploring the prefecture's peace connection, shrines and museums
Okayama
Okayama Okayama has stunning gardens, an imposing castle and the historic canal district of Kurashiki Okayama has stunning gardens, an imposing castle and the historic canal district of Kurashiki

The less-traveled Chugoku region is full of rural beauty, rewarding hikes and great historical significance

With its well-known history and famed floating shrine, it is hard to overlook Hiroshima, but this popular destination is merely the entry point of Japan's less-explored western frontier. Continue west following the Sanyo Shinkansen and you'll discover idyllic seaside towns and island-hopping opportunities on the Seto Inland Sea, with onward paths to Kyushu and Shikoku. Venture inland on the road less traveled, and your efforts will be rewarded with hikes on breathtaking peaks like Mt. Daisen divine natural landscapes, and the excitement of discovery in Shimane and Tottori.

Don’t Miss

  • Hiroshima's famous floating shrine, and Okunoshima, an island ruled by rabbits
  • The Iwami Kagura dance—a performance of a lifetime
  • The well-preserved castle town of Hagi and its local pottery style
  • Cycle the Shimanami Kaido over the sparkling Seto Inland Sea

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