49 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

49 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Shimane Prefecture journey planner

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Tsuwano-cho
— 3 nights
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Hamada
— 3 nights
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Oda
— 5 nights
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Okuizumo-cho
— 7 nights
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Matsue
— 24 nights
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Okinoshima-cho
— 4 nights
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Nishinoshima-cho
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Tsuwano-cho

— 3 nights
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. Tsuwano-cho is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Taikodani Inari Shrine, pause for some serene contemplation at Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral, admire the natural beauty at Hori Teien Garden, and don't miss a visit to Tonomachi Street.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tsuwano-cho online travel route planner.

Okayama to Tsuwano-cho is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. In July, daily temperatures in Tsuwano-cho can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Hamada.

Things to do in Tsuwano-cho

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:

Hamada

— 3 nights
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hamada: Masuda (Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine, Kakinomoto Shrine, &more) and Ogawa Kesseshutei Garden (in Gotsu). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquas, snap pictures at Hamada Marine Ohashi, admire the masterpieces at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art, and make a trip to Shimane Osakana Center.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Hamada trip maker.

You can drive from Tsuwano-cho to Hamada in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Hamada can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Oda.

Things to do in Hamada

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 17 — 20:

Oda

— 5 nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Oda: Wakunaga Manji Memorial Garden (in Akitakata), Josekidaki Falls (in Miyoshi) and Shobara (Ueno Park & Bihoku Hillside Park). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, make a trip to Omori Townscape, get a new perspective on nature at Sanbe Azukihara Burried Trees Park, and stop by Gungendo Honten.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Oda trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Hamada to Oda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Okuizumo-cho.

Things to do in Oda

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 25:

Okuizumo-cho

— 7 nights
Explore Okuizumo-cho's surroundings by going to Niimi (Maki Cave, Rashomon, &more), Unnan (Sugaya Takadono, Ryuzuga Taki Falls, &more) and Miyoshi (Miyoshi Hondori Shotengai, Jusaburo Tsujimura-Museum Miyoshi History and Folklore Museum, &more).

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Okuizumo-cho vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Oda to Okuizumo-cho takes 1.5 hours. In July in Okuizumo-cho, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Okuizumo-cho

Parks · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 25 — Aug 1:

Matsue

— 24 nights
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.
Explore Matsue's surroundings by going to Yasugi (Gassan Toda castle, Adachi Museum of Art, &more), Izumo (Mt. Tabushi, Honozan Park, &more) and Sakaiminato (Youkai Shrine, The Mizuki Shigeru Road, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Matsue Castle, take in the awesome beauty at Daisen, take in nature's colorful creations at Matsue Vogel Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mitokusan Sanbutuji Temple.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Matsue road trip website.

Traveling by car from Okuizumo-cho to Matsue takes 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Okinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 25:

Okinoshima-cho

— 4 nights
Okinoshima-cho is known for historic sites, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Pine Tree, Chichi, enjoy the sand and surf at Jodogaura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tamawakasu Mikoto Shrine, and take in the dramatic scenery at Dangyo Falls.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Okinoshima-cho itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Matsue to Okinoshima-cho in 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nishinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Okinoshima-cho

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 25 — 29:

Nishinoshima-cho

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Oki Chibu Red Cliff, take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Akahage, don't miss a visit to Tsutenkyo Arch, then kick back and relax at Kuniga Bay, then explore the striking landscape at Matengai Cliff, and finally get outside with Yura Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Mon): make a trip to Onimai Lookout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Takuhi Shrine, look for gifts at Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, then take in the awesome beauty at Mt. Kinkoji, then head outdoors with Akiya Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Saburoiwa.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nishinoshima-cho trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Okinoshima-cho to Nishinoshima-cho in 2.5 hours. In August in Nishinoshima-cho, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nishinoshima-cho

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 29 — 31:

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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