8 days in Japan Itinerary

8 days in Japan Itinerary

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8 days in Japan Itinerary

Start: Hong Kong
Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Takamatsu
— Few hours
Train:  1 h
2
Okayama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Izumo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kurayoshi
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
5
Takamatsu
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Hong Kong

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Takamatsu

Takamatsu
A modern city and a major transport hub facing Seto Inland Sea, Takamatsu offers a bustling city lifestyle contrasted with carefully manicured, tranquil green areas at the foot of the mountains and the lava plateau.
On the 14th (Fri), go for a walk through Ritsurin Garden, then stroll around Tamamo Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Yashima, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yashima-ji Temple.

To see traveler tips and tourist information, read Takamatsu trip site .

Hong Kong, China to Takamatsu is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Hong Kong Time (HKT) to Japan Standard Time (JST) is 1 hour. Traveling from Hong Kong in February, expect Takamatsu to be much colder, temps between 9°C and 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Okayama.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Yashima ©
Yashima
Tamamo Park ©
Tamamo Park

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Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
On the 15th (Sat), admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, explore the historical opulence of Okayama Castle, then admire the masterpieces at Ohara Museum of Art, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, and finally see the interesting displays at Japanese Rural Toy Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Okayama trip planner.

Take a train from Takamatsu to Okayama in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February in Okayama, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 0°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Sun) before leaving for Izumo.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Kurashiki
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Okayama Castle ©
Okayama Castle
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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Izumo

Izumo ©
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Izumo: Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Matsue (Rokusho Shrine, Shimane Art Museum, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Izumo Taisha Shrine, make a trip to Former Taisha Station, explore the activities along Shinji Lake, and enjoy the sea views from Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Izumo trip planning tool .

You can drive from Okayama to Izumo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Izumo are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Kurayoshi.

Things to do in Izumo

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matsue, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
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Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art

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Kurayoshi

Kurayoshi ©
Kurayoshi is a city located in the central part of Tottori Prefecture, Japan.As of October 1, 2016, the city has an estimated population of 48,558 and a population density of 180 persons per km², making it the third largest city in Tottori. On the 19th (Wed), visit Shirakabe Dozogun Akagawara, make a trip to Akagawara Nigokan, then look for gifts at Akagawara Ichigokan, then get in on the family fun at Pear Museum, and finally walk around Ibuki Park.

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You can drive from Izumo to Kurayoshi in 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Takamatsu.

Things to do in Kurayoshi

Museums Theme Parks Parks
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Pear Museum ©
Pear Museum
Shirakabe Dozogun Akagawara ©
Shirakabe Dozogun Akagawara

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Takamatsu

Takamatsu ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): test the waters at a local thermal spa, make a trip to Takamasu Port, then admire the masterpieces at The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Shikoku Mura Village, and finally explore the historical opulence of Takamatsu Castle.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Takamatsu road trip website .

Traveling by car from Kurayoshi to Takamatsu takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Takamatsu

Museums Baths Historic Sites
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Shikoku Mura Village ©
Shikoku Mura Village
Thermal Spas
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum ©
The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

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