Japan:A Closer Look at Chugoku – Part 1

Mar 9th, 2009 | By | Category: Regional Travel Resources

The Chugoku region of Japan is located on the southwestern tip of Japan’s main island of Honshu and includes the prefecture of Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. Our Closer Look at Chugoku will be broken into two parts starting with Hiroshim, Okayama and Shimane.  Next week we’ll take a closer look at Tottori, and Yamaguchi.

Chugoku is a beautiful area of Japan that is rich in history, both modern and ancient, and natural wonders.  Take some time to explore Chugoku the next time you visit Japan.

Hiroshima Prefecture

Onomichi Japan The prefectural capital is the the city of Hiroshima and and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial is not only one of Japan’s UNESCO World Hertiage sites, but is a leader in promoting world peace.  Visit the Hiroshima Peace Site to learn about the areas monuments, museums and parks.

Know as the water city, it only seems right that you can take a number of sightseeing cruises around the city of Hiroshima‘s waterways.

Visit Mitaki-dera Temple and it’s famous “treasure pagoda”.

Explore the Island of Miyajima with it’s scenic temples and shrines including the floating Itsuku-shima-jinja Shrine and tori.

Go on an apple picking excursion at Fruitland Funo in Miyoshi City.

Spend a secluded weekend at the Shiki-no-Ie Cottages.

Learn about the history of shipbuilding in Japan at the Yamato Museum or the JMSDF Kure Museum and it’s submarines in Kure.

Explore the seaside in Onomichi-Shimanami by bike or tour the 26 of the city’s temples and shrines on foot.  You’ll see beautiful pagodas and statues designated as national treasures and important cultural assets. (pictured top right)

Go kayaking on the Seto Inland Sea.

Download free audio tours of famous spots in Hiroshima from Hiroshima Navigator or browse their site to learn more about the city of Hiroshima. Also visit Welcome to Hiroshima to download guides for the various areas in the prefecture.

Other handy Hiroshima trip planning recourses include Enjoy the Inland Sea of Japan and the Japan National Tourism Association Hiroshima Pages.

Okayama Prefecture

View from Okayama Korakuen Garden Japan Take a stroll thourhg Okayama Korakuen Garden (PDF), regarded as on of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens and a cultural heritage site.  (view from the  garden picture on right)

Attend the Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri each February to see swarms of near-naked me struggling to grasp on to a variety of sacred sticks, willow branches and other items that are said to bring the bearer gook luck in the upcoming year.

Explore Bizen, the historic home of the Bizen pottery.

Tour the Ikura-do and Maki-do caves in Okayama.

Explore a Samurai residence, historic Joto Street and Shurakuen Garden, a famous spot to view the cherry blossoms, in Tsuyama.

For more trip planning suggetions visit the Japan National Tourism Association Okayama Pages.

Shimane Prefecture

Zen Garden Adachi Museum of Art Japan Visit the Iwami Silver Mine Museum and other sights in Omori Town.

See the largest shrine gate in Japan at Izumo Taishi Grand Shrine and Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo to see ancient bells, swords and artwork of the region.

Take in the scenic views of the waterfront in Yana.

See the ritual of ‘Sagimai’ (the heron dance) at Taikodani-inari Shrine.

Explore the shore of Lake Shinji-ko or cruise the Horikawa river around the city of Matsue.

Visit the museums in Matsue including The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum and the Adachi Museum of Art. (garden pictured on right)

Explore more things to do and see in Shimane Prefecture by browsing through Sightseeing in Shimane or the Japan National Tourism Association Shimane Pages.  Also take some time to explore this sightseeing map of Shimane.

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Image Credit: Flickr, Onomichi #16, 烏城(岡山城) Crow Castle (Okayama Castle) & zen garden

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