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Chugoku

The Tokyo Metropolitan area is a mega-city, home to some 35 million people and the driving force of Japan's economy and rapidly shifting cultural trends. However, less than 90 minutes away you will find Mount Takao, a peaceful retreat for walking and quiet reflection with views of the distant urban landscapes.

To the southeast in Chiba Prefecture lie hidden beaches, whilst to the north in Nikko you will discover the spectacularly ornate temples and shrines of Toshogu, the resting place of the first Tokugawa shogun; the man who began the transformation of Tokyo into the city you will find today.

Chugoku

Top Destinations in Chugoku

Tottori Prefecture

Located on the Chugoku Region along the Sea of Japan, the Tottori Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in Japan for population.

photo of Tottori City

Chugoku | Tottori Prefecture

Tottori City

The city of Tottori is the capital of the Tottori Prefecture and is located in western Japan along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

photo of Yonago

Chugoku | Tottori Prefecture

Yonago

Yonago is a city located in the northwest of Tottori Prefecture, Japan, facing the Sea of Japan, and adjacent to Shimane.

Shimane Prefecture

The Shimane Prefecture is located in the northern region of West Japan, facing a shoreline of the Sea of Japan. The prefecture stretches wide, blessed with both sea and mountains.

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Chugoku | Shimane Prefecture

Matsue

Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture and is home to one of the twelve original castles in Japan.

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Chugoku | Shimane Prefecture

Izumo

The city of Izumo is located in the Shimane Prefecture along the coast of the Sea of Japan.

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Chugoku | Shimane Prefecture

Iwami Ginzan

The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine was built in a heavily wooded area in the Shimane Prefecture and was kept rich in its forestry due to the efforts of the miners from back in the day.

photo of Tsuwano

Chugoku | Shimane Prefecture

Tsuwano

Sometimes referred as “Little Kyoto”, Tsuwano is a castle town located in the westernmost part of the Shimane Prefecture.

Okayama Prefecture

Okayama is located in the southern Chugoku Region and borders the Hyogo, Tottori, and Hiroshima Prefectures. It has been nicknamed the “Land of Sunshine” for its fine, sunny weather.

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Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Bizen

Bizen is a city known for its traditional ceramic art. It is home to an ancient Japanese pottery style, known as Bizen- yaki.

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Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Okayama City

Okayama is the capital city of the Okayama Prefecture located in the Chugoku region. It is well known for being the site of Korakuen Garden.

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Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Kurashiki

Kurashiki is best known for its Edo Period canal district especially the section called Bikan Chiku.

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Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Bitchu-Takahashi

Bitchu-Takahashi is a small city located in the mountainous region of the Okayama Prefecture. It is best known for Matsuyama Castle.

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Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Inujima Island

Inujima, which translates to “Dog Island”, is a small island located near the northern coast of the Seto Inland Sea and Okayama.

photo of Setoohashi Bridge

Chugoku | Okayama Prefecture

Setoohashi Bridge

Seto-ohashi Bridge is a collective term for the six bridges that connect Kojima in Okayama Prefecture on Honshu and Sakaide of Kagawa Prefecture on Shikoku.

Hiroshima Prefecture

The Hiroshima Prefecture is located in the southwestern part of the Japanese islands, namely the Chugoku region on Honshu Island.

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Chugoku | Hiroshima Prefecture

Hiroshima City

Hiroshima is the capital city of the Hiroshima Prefecture located on the western region of Japan’s main island Honshu.

photo of Miyajima Island

Chugoku | Hiroshima Prefecture

Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island is located one hour away from Hiroshima by ferry. It is mostly known for the torii gate that gives the illusion of floating on the water during high tide.

photo of Onomichi

Chugoku | Hiroshima Prefecture

Onomichi

A former port town facing the Seto Inland Sea with many temples situated within the small area located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.

Yamaguchi Prefecture

The westernmost prefecture on the Honshu Island of Japan known for the international trade with Korea and China from the Muromachi period.

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Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture

Hagi

A former castle town ruled by the Mori Clan and hometown to Hagiyaki Pottery located at Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

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Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture

Nagato

Nagato is a small city located along the coast in the northwestern Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture

Akiyoshido

The largest natural limestone cave which have formed millions of years ago located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

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Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture

Yamaguchi City

The prefectural capital of Yamaguchi and known throughout Japan as Kyoto of the West.

photo of Iwakuni

Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture

Iwakuni

A former castle town and home to Kintaikyo Bridge located in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

photo of Shimonoseki

Chugoku | Yamaguchi Prefecture

Shimonoseki

Located at the western extremity of Yamaguchi, Shimonoseki faces Moji Port on neighboring Kyushu Island, across the Kanmon Strait.