41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  41 h
1
Tsuwano-cho
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Hamada
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Oda
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Okinoshima-cho
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Matsue
— 11 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Okuizumo-cho
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  40 h
End: Buenos Aires

3
nights
Tsuwano-cho

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 Taikodani Inari Shrine and Tsuwano Castle. Explore hidden gems such as Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral and Tsuwanocho Hommachidori. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Anno Art Museum, make a trip to Tonomachi Street, pause for some serene contemplation at Tsuwano Catholic Church, and get engrossed in the history at Mori Ogai Memorial Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tsuwano-cho trip itinerary site.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tsuwano-cho is an approximately 43- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 12 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Tsuwano-cho due to the time zone difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Buenos Aires in January: high temperatures in Tsuwano-cho hover around 9°C and lows are around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can 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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Taikodani Inari Shrine ©
Taikodani Inari Shrine
Tsuwano Castle ©
Tsuwano Castle
Anno Art Museum ©
Anno Art Museum

5
nights
Hamada

Hamada ©
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Iwami Tatamigaura Beach and Mochiishi Seacoast. 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 still lots to do: meet the residents at Aquas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryuunji Temple, take in the pleasant sights at Misumi Obira Zakura, and explore the world behind art at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art.

To see photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Hamada holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Tsuwano-cho to Hamada takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hamada can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Oda.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Masuda, Mizuho Highland
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Mizuho Highland ©
Mizuho Highland
Manpukuji Temple ©
Manpukuji Temple
Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine ©
Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine

7
nights
Oda

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 Thermal Spas and 500 Luohans. Visit Tatsunogozen Shrine and Village Headman Residence for their historical value. Step out of Oda to go to Gotsu and see Gonokawa River, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: get a new perspective on nature at Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saihonji Temple, steep yourself in history at Yanagihara Residence, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oda road trip planning app.

Drive from Hamada to Oda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Okinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Oda

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Gonokawa River
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 27:
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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine ©
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
Thermal Spas
Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park ©
Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park

6
nights
Okinoshima-cho

Okinoshima-cho ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dangyo Falls and Shiohama Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Rosokujima and Oki Chibu Red Cliff. Venture out of the city with trips to Nishinoshima-cho (Takuhi Shrine, Onimai Lookout, &more) and Ama-cho (Akiya Beach, Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, &more).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Okinoshima-cho day trip planner.

Drive from Oda to Okinoshima-cho in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Matsue.

Things to do in Okinoshima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nishinoshima-cho, Ama-cho, Oki Chibu Red Cliff
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Yui Pond ©
Yui Pond
Oki Shrine ©
Oki Shrine
Yurahime Shrine ©
Yurahime Shrine

11
nights
Matsue

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.
Hinomisaki Shrine and Matsue Castle 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 Komyoji Temple (in Unnan), Yasugi (Kiyomizu-dera Temple & Adachi Museum of Art) and Izumo (Tateiwa Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kamosu Shrine, take a stroll through Mihonoseki, make a trip to Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence, and admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Matsue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Okinoshima-cho to Matsue takes 4 hours. In February, daytime highs in Matsue are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Okuizumo-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, Unnan, Yasugi, Shinji Lake
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 13:
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Hinomisaki Shrine ©
Hinomisaki Shrine
Miho Shrine ©
Miho Shrine
Kumano Taisha Shrine ©
Kumano Taisha Shrine

5
nights
Okuizumo-cho

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

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, 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

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Unnan
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Ryuzuga Taki Falls ©
Ryuzuga Taki Falls
Mineji Temple ©
Mineji Temple
Oku-izumo Vineyard ©
Oku-izumo Vineyard