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CHUGOKU & SHIKOKU Travel Itinerary

CHUGOKU & SHIKOKU Popular & Classic 5 days

A tour designed especially for people who visit Chugoku and Shikoku for the first time. After landing at Kansai Airport, we will travel around Seto Inland Sea and visit the most famous places in both regions, before ending our trip at Fukuoka airport.

DAY 1

Tottori Sand Dunes, Tottori / Tottori Manga Kingdom, Tottori

Things To Do

Tottori, facing the sea of japan, two hours and a half from Osaka, is the only place where you’ll find sand dunes in Japan.
Upon the sand dunes, you can see beautiful patterns created by the sea breeze coming from the Sea of Japan.
Many visitors come to Tottori for pear-picking during summer, and for delicious crab cuisine during winter!
Tottori is also the birthplace of many famous manga authors, like Gosho Aoyama, the author of “Detective Conan”. It’s the real manga kingdom, even Tottori airport is named after a manga character.
You can find many manga characters’ statues along the street, and a museum dedicated to the manga authors born in Tottori!

DAY 2

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, Okayama / Okayama Castle, Okayama / Korakuen Garden, Okayama

Things To Do

Rows of houses with white walls and willow trees along the river, fluttering in the wind: this is Kurashiki, and its old-fashioned Japanese landscape.
The Okayama castle, also called the “Jet-black Castle” and Korakuen, one of the Three Great Gardens of Japan, are located next to each other.
Looking at the castle from the garden as a unique landscape is a technique adopted by the garden, called “Shakei (borrowing)”.
The Okayama prefecture is known for its high-quality white peaches and muscat grape.
Of course, fruits picking is a must-do experience, but we recommend you to also try the local peach and muscat-based desserts.

DAY 3

Ritsurin Garden, Kagawa / Kotohiragu Shrine, Kagawa / Dogo Onsen, Ehime

Things To Do

The Ritsurin garden is a Japanese traditional garden, where the Daimyo(Japanese feudal lord) used to stroll in during the Edo era.
The Kotohiragu Shrine has a wide range of gods, including the god of the sea – you can pray for big catches when you fish, or for the prosperity of your business. The path heading to the shrine is a street busy with noodles restaurants and souvenir shops. If you have time, let’s take a stop at Ehime, where you can relax yourself in one of the Japan’s oldest public springs: the Dogo onsen.

DAY 4

Itsukushima Shrine (Miyajima), Hiroshima / Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

Things To Do

The Itukushima Shrine is one of the three most scenic spots in Japan, and a must-see place in Hiroshima.
Near the city hypocenter, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park has been established as a wish for a worldwide eternal peace.
Right next to the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome is the HIROSHIMA ORIZURU TOWER, the rooftop observation deck is a perfect place to get a panoramic view over the city. You can also relax and enjoy the view with a cup of coffee at the café.

DAY 5

Motonosumi Jinja Shrine, Yamaguchi / Kintaikyo Bridge, Yamaguchi

Things To Do

The Motonosumi jinja Shrine, well-known for being a great spot for photo shooting. Total of 123 torii (traditional sanctuary doors) follow each other on a 100 meters-long road.
The splendid Kintaikyo wooden bridge is easy to access from the shinkansen station Shin-Iwakuni, and its five arches make a wonderful scenery.
A roughly 90 minutes long Shinkansen ride from the JR Shin-iwakuni station to the the Hakata station in Fukuoka. From the JR Shin-Yamaguchi station, it’s a 40-minutes ride.
You can either ride the plane home from the Fukuoka airport, or stay in Japan a little longer and enjoy Kyushu!

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