9 days in Okayama & Matsue Itinerary

9 days in Okayama & Matsue Itinerary

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9 days in Okayama & Matsue Itinerary

Start: Okayama
1
Okayama
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Matsue
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Okayama

5
nights
Okayama

Okayama ©
A major transit hub in western Japan, Okayama provides a convenient mid-point between Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima.
Explore Okayama's surroundings by going to Kurashiki (Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, & more), Kotohira-gu (in Kotohira-cho) and Tomo no Ura (in Fukuyama). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Okayama Korakuen Garden, experience rural life at Nanaku Strawberry Farm, see the interesting displays at Inujima Seirensho Art Museum, and explore the world behind art at Chichu Art Museum.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Okayama travel planner.

If you are flying in from Hong Kong, the closest major airports are Okayama Airport, Takamatsu Airport and Hiroshima Airport. In March, daily temperatures in Okayama can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Matsue.

Things to do in Okayama

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Kurashiki, Tonosho-cho, Naoshima-cho, Ritsurin Garden, Kotohira-gu
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Okayama Korakuen Garden ©
Okayama Korakuen Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Ritsurin Garden
Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter ©

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Yuushien Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Rokusho Shrine, then explore the world behind art at Adachi Museum of Art, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yaegaki Shrine, and finally admire the masterpieces at Shimane Art Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Izumo Taisha Shrine, then take an in-depth tour of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, then explore the activities along Shinji Lake, and finally step into the grandiose world of Matsue Castle.

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You can drive from Okayama to Matsue in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 15°C in March, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Matsue

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izumo, Shinji Lake, Adachi Museum of Art
Find places to stay Mar 25 — 28:
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Matsue Castle ©
Matsue Castle
Adachi Museum of Art ©
Adachi Museum of Art
Izumo Taisha Shrine ©
Izumo Taisha Shrine