41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

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Fly to Fukuoka Airport, Drive to Tsuwano-cho
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Tsuwano-cho
— 3 nights
Drive
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Hamada
— 5 nights
Drive
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Oda
— 7 nights
Drive
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Okinoshima-cho
— 6 nights
Drive
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Matsue
— 11 nights
Drive
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Okuizumo-cho
— 5 nights
Drive to Hiroshima Airport, Fly to Jorge Newbery Airpark

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Tsuwano-cho

Tsuwano is a town located in Kanoashi District, Shimane Prefecture, Japan.As of March 2017, the town has an estimated population of 7,478 and a density of 25.0 persons per km². Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsuwano Castle and Anno Art Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral and Yomeiji. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Taikodani Inari Shrine, take an in-depth tour of Mori Ogai Memorial Museum, make a trip to Tsuwano Station Railway Turntable, and admire the masterpieces at Morijuku Art Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Tsuwano-cho online day trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tsuwano-cho is an approximately 43-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Tsuwano-cho. Traveling from Buenos Aires in January, things will get much colder in Tsuwano-cho: highs are around 9°C and lows about 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Hamada.

Things to do in Tsuwano-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:

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Hamada

Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mochiishi Seacoast and Iwami Tatamigaura Beach. Get in touch with nature at Mizuho Highland and Asahi Tengusuton Snow Park. Explore Hamada's surroundings by going to Masuda (Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine, Kakinomoto Shrine, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art, go for a walk through Misumi Obira Zakura, observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquas, and contemplate the long history of Hamada Castle Ruins.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Hamada route planner.

Traveling by car from Tsuwano-cho to Hamada takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in January, and nighttime lows around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Oda.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:

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Oda

The small town of Oda, situated in central Shimane, lies nestled in the foothills of the prefecture's tallest mountain, overlooking the scenic coastline of the Sea of Japan.
Explore hidden gems such as Tatsunogozen Shrine and Omori Town Exchange Center. Visit Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and Shimizudani Smelter Ruins for their historical value. Step out of Oda to go to Gotsu and see Gonokawa River, which is approximately 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe, get a new perspective on nature at Shimane Nature MUseum of Mt.Sambe Sahimel, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saishoji Temple.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Oda online route planner.

Traveling by car from Hamada to Oda takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 8°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Okinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Oda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:

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Okinoshima-cho

Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dangyo Falls and Akiya Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kuniga Bay and Matengai Cliff. Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinoshima-cho (Takuhi Shrine, Onimai Lookout, &more), Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura) and Ama-cho (Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, Gotoba-Emperor Cremain Mound, &more).

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Okinoshima-cho online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Oda to Okinoshima-cho takes 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Okinoshima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:

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Matsue

Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Kumano Taisha Shrine and Seiganji Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Hinomisaki Coast and Inasa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Tateiwa Shrine, Hinomisaki Shrine, &more), Yasugi (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Adachi Museum of Art) and Komyoji Temple (in Unnan). There's still lots to do: stop by Mihonoseki, take in the spiritual surroundings of Iya Shrine, visit a coastal fixture at Mihonoseki Light House, and step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Matsue driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Okinoshima-cho to Matsue in 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Okuizumo-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 13:

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Okuizumo-cho

Take a break from the city and head to Oni no Shitaburui and Yaedaki Falls. Popular historic sites such as Tanabeke Dozogun and Mineji Temple are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Okuizumo-cho side-trips: Unnan (Sugaya Takadono, Kumomi Fall, &more).

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Okuizumo-cho trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Matsue to Okuizumo-cho takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Okuizumo-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:

Shimane Prefecture travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Castles · Art Museums
Shimane Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. It is divided into the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the West and the Oki Region, a small group of islands off the northern coast. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Korean: Dokdo(獨島), Japanese: Takeshima(竹島)).HistoryEarly historyThe history of Shimane starts with Japanese mythology. The Shinto god Ōkuninushi was believed to live in Izumo, an old province in Shimane. Izumo Shrine, which is in the city of Izumo, honors the god. At that time, the current Shimane prefecture was divided into three parts: Iwami, Izumo, and Oki. That lasted until the abolition of the han system took place in 1871. During the Nara period, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro read a poem on Shimane's nature when he was sent as the Royal governor.

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