Chugoku&Shikoku 8 Days Itinerary-A

Summary

  • Start
    Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto
  • Finish
    Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto
  • Mileage
    Total 1540km
    190km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Fast
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.2 night
  • Recommended Seasons
    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

This 8-day itinerary will take you to Chugoku & Shikoku areas only 3% of foreign tourists visit! You can drive through the beautiful Seto Inland Sea across several bridges, and visit hidden gems and local foods.

Daily mileage is long (190km) and the travel pace is fast. But consecutive stays at Hiroshima and Kurashiki give you enough time for important places. You can depart from either Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto.

 

Osaka – Tottori

Start: Osaka (大阪 or 京都)
Finish:Tottori (鳥取)
Mileage:
From Kyoto: 230km
From Osaka: 240km
From Kansai Arirpot: 290km
Travel Pace:Fast

On this day you will head to Tottori from Osaka or Kyoto.

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Rental car branch at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto

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9:00

Although it depends on the departure point, the mileage is very long, up to 290km including the expressway, so it is recommended to start as soon as possible. Also, since the highlights are concentrated on the Sea of Japan side in the latter half, please move quickly on the expressway (E2A, E27, E72) in the first half.

If your departure is later in the afternoon, please consider staying overnight.

Rental car branches in Kansai Airport. You also can depart from Osaka or Kyoto




150min

2

Izushi Castle Town

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Izushi Castle Town, landmarked by the clock tower, is famous for soba noodles

12:30

The first destination is [Izushi Castle Town]. You drive about 150-200km on the expressway. For a long-distance drive, take a break in the parking area along the way. Izushi Castle Town has about 50 Izushi soba restaurants in the old streets and is ideal for lunch.

Izushi Soba from Izushi Castle Town, which was also eaten by Yo Oizumi on the popular TV show “Wednesday Do-Do.




85 min

3

Uradome Coast

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14:00

When you arrive at the Sea of Japan, you will drive along the sea for about 60km to Uradome Coast. The scenery has been certified as a UNESCO San’in Kaigan Geopark and it is the best! This is one of the highlights of the day.
The car navigation system guides you to drive on Route 178 and the expressway on the mountainside, but we recommend that you drive to a scenic spot along the sea via “Al Mare”, which is included in our Drive Map if time permits.

You will arrive at [Uradome Coast], so if you are confident in your walking, please go down to Kamogaiso Beach. The scenery of the sea, carved granite, and pine trees is a must-see.

Part of the Uradome Coast, Kamogaiso beach

Only 1 km west from Kamogaiso beach, there is also recommended spot [Sengan Matsushima].
It is also worth to visit. The pass to there is complicated. Please refer small map from Driving map.

Sengan Matsushima is a hidden and spectacular spot that few people visit.
Café Bloom near Uradome coast is nice for rest




15 min

4

Tottori Sand Dunes

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Tottori Sand Dunes on a clear day. The beautiful contrast of sky, sea, and white sand.

17:15

Tottori is just around the corner. The last spot today is Tottori Sand Dunes, which is synonymous with Tottori Prefecture.

If you arrive after it gets dark, you may want to go to the dunes the next day. The sunset over the dunes is very beautiful, so if you can make it, head for it.

Free parking on the other side of the dunes is recommended!




15 min

5

Inn in Tottori

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18:30

On this day you will stay in Tottori.
Many restaurants are on the north side of Tottori Station, so we recommend the hotel on that side.
Tottori’s specialties are rock oysters in the summer and crab soup in the winter. In fact, Tottori Prefecture has the highest consumption of curry in Japan, and the citizens of Tottori love curry. Delicious curry is also recommended.

Rock Oyster
Snow crab




Driving Map For the Day

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[Drive Map]Osaka/Kyoto-Tottori – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Tottori

On this day, you will stay in Tottori (鳥取) city.
Many inns are concentrated north side of Tottori Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Tottori – Matsue

Start:Tottorie (鳥取)
Finish:Matsue (松江)
Mileage:150km
Travel Pace:Normal

On this day, you will head to Matsue from Tottori via Daisen.

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Inn in Tottori

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9:00

The mileage is about 150km, which is standard, and there are so many things to see. So if you want to stop by at many spots, we recommend that you start early.




60min

2

Kurayoshi Shirakabe Storehouses town

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Kurayoshi Shirakabe Dozo Cluster, lined with warehouses and old houses

10:00

If you drive for about an hour from Tottori, you will find [Kurayoshi Shirakabe Storehouses town]. You can enjoy a walk in the nice atmosphere of the old storehouses. Lunch here is also a good idea as there are many restaurants.

Kurayoshi Town Map



5 min

3

Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

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Tottori 20th Century Pear Memorial Hall

12:00
Tottori is famous for the production of high-quality pears. At this Museum, you can learn and eat very delicious pears

At the Tottori 20th Century Pear Museum, you can compare three kinds of pears.

Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum



60min

Kurayoshi town is famous for its “Gyukotsu Ramen” and recommended for lunch.

Gyukotsu(cow bone based broth) ramen in Kurayoshi

4

Kagikake Pass Observatory

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The Kagikake Pass observatory overlooking Mt. The autumn leaves are wonderful in fall.

13:30

You will then head towards Daisen. [Kagikake Pass Observatory] is the most recommended observatory in Daisen. Especially the autumn leaves in the fall are wonderful. We recommend that you visit there.




45 min

5

Adachi Museum of Art

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Adachi Museum of Art is ranked No. 1 in Japanese gardens, and you should arrive by 4:00 p.m.

15:00

The most recommended site of the day is [Adachi Museum of Art]. It has been selected as No. 1 in the American Japanese garden magazine since 2003, and its beauty is superb. This is a must-see even for those who are not interested in gardens.
The collection of Taikan Yokoyama, a major Japanese painter, is also worth seeing.




40 min

6

Lake Shinji

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Lake Shinji is the best spot for sunset

16:30

If you can arrive in Matsue city before the sun sets, stop by the best spot of the setting sun [Lake Shinji] before heading to the hotel.




15 min

7

Inn in Matsue

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17:10
On this day you will stay in Matsue.
Matsue’s specialties include Taimesi (rice with minced sea bream), Izumo soba, and Shijimidon (freshwater clam bowl) at Lake Shinji.

Taimesi (rice with minced sea bream)
Crab is also recommended in winter




If you travel during Golden Week(Long holiday period from end of April to Beggining of May), you must visit [Yushien Gardens] ! Their Chisen Botan(Japanese poeny) is overwhelmingly beautiful.

Yushien’s Botan Festival is a sight to see at least once in a lifetime

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Tottori-Matsue – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Matsue

On this day, you will stay in Matsue city.
You can choose the following two areas.

①Matsue city
Accommodations are concentrated around Matsue Station and on the north side of the Ohashi River, but the north side of the Ohashi River is more convenient for dinner.
It is also convenient for visiting Matsue castle but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tamatsukuri Onsen(玉造温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 6km southwest of Matsue. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Tamatsukuri Onsen is very famous for its skin beautifying effects and is very popular among female travelers.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.

 

Matsue – Hiroshima

Start: Matsue (松江)
Finish: Hiroshima (広島)
Mileage:210km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head from Matsue through the Chugoku Mountains to Hiroshima.

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Inn in Matsue

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9:00

The mileage is about 210km, and it is a day with many spectacular sightseeing spots such as Matsue Castle, Izumo Taisha Shrine, and Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine village.
Especially, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine village can be very time-consuming, so early morning departure is highly recommended.




5 min

2

Matsue Castle

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Matsue Castle. Inside the castle from 8:30 in the morning.

9:10

First thing in the morning, go to Matsue Castle, the symbol of Matsue. It is a wonderful castle known as the original castle tower.




60 min

3

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

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Izumo-taisha Shrine can be visited from 6:00 a.m.

11:10

It takes about 1 hour from Matsue to arrive at [Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine].
Along with Ise Jingu, it is the most important shrine in Japan. This is the biggest attraction in the Sanin region and is an overwhelming sight.

The large sacred straw rope of Izumo-taisha Shrine is located in the Kaguraden

Inasa Beach located only 1km west from the shrine is also nice to visit.

Inasa beach is a 3-minute drive from Izumo taisha Grand Shrine




60 min

Speaking of Izumo lunch, Izumo soba is definitely recommended. It is characterized by being black because the buckwheat fruit is ground with a stone mill together with the skin.

Izumo soba is also unique in the way it is eaten, with the leftover broth from the upper tier poured over the lower tier.

4

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine village

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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine is not so much a tunnel as a townscape of Omori at the foot of the mine.

13:45

If you drive from Izumo on the expressway (E9) for about 50km for about 1 hour, you will reach the World Heritage Site [Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine village].

The following parking lots are recommended.
①2nd Free Parking
MAPCODE: 599 144 182*37
②1st Free Parking
MAPCODE: 599 113 262*56

Please refer Google town map below.

When you hear the word “silver mine”, you might think of a mine shaft, but in reality, the mine shaft itself is short, and it has no special features and is not recommended. In addition, you will need to walk or cycle a 4km round trip from the parking lot to the mine shaft!
The town of Omori at the foot of the mountain is worth seeing. You can enjoy a stroll through the mansion with the hidden storehouse used for silver trading and the wonderful townscape. We also recommend lunch at a cafe that has been renovated from an old folk house.

Gungendo, a cafe with a very nice atmosphere

Google Town map for Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine village



120 min

It is a little detour from Iwami Ginzan to Hiroshima, but it is recommended to drive along the [Gonokawa river]. Not very known, but it is a riverside drive with many beautiful bridges is very refreshing.

Route 375 running along the Gono River is an undiscovered driving course

When you finish running along the river, you will reach Miyoshi City. From here, take the expressway (E74) to Hiroshima. It’s about 110-140km.

In addition, the area around Miyoshi City is an area where famous flowers such as [National Bihoku Hills Park] are gathered. If you’re traveling during the flower season, we recommend skipping the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and taking the expressway (E54) from Izumo to the flower spots.

National Bihoku Hill Park is recommended from End-Mar to Mid-Oct

5

Inn in Hiroshima

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Let’s visit not only Atomic bomb Dome but also Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

17:40
On this day you will stay in Hiroshima.
Speaking of Hiroshima gourmet, Okonomiyaki and oysters are famous. We recommend that you try both.

Hiroshima is famous for okonomiyaki
Iwagaki(Rock Oyster) can be eaten Jun-Sep and Magaki(Pacific Oyster) can be eaten Sep-Apr




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Matsue-Hiroshima – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the biggest city in the Chugoku&Shikoku area.
There are many hotels between Hiroshima Station and Peace Park. The “Hatchobori(八丁堀)” and “Nagarekawa(流川)” areas on the east side of Peace Park are downtown areas of Hiroshima, and restaurants are concentrated here. It is convenient to book a hotel within walking distance of Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Hiroshima – Hiroshima

Start: Hiroshima (広島)
Finish: Hiroshima (広島)
Mileage:110km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day, you will drive from Hiroshima to the World Heritage Site “Itsukushima Shrine” in Miyajima island, Kintaikyo Bridge and return to Hiroshima.

Miyajima offer not only Itsukushima Shrine, but also many other sights, such as Mt.Misen. Please use the following as a guide for the time required.

3 hours Ferry, Shrine & lunch
4 hours Ferry, Shrine, Ropeway & lunch
5.5 hours Ferry, Shrine, Ropeway,Mt.Misen Climbing to the top & lunch
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Inn in Hiroshima

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9:00

The mileage is a short 110km. If you want to spend plenty of time in Miyajima, especially thinking to climb Mt.Misen, it is better to depart earlier.




35 min

2

Itsukushima Shrine(Miyajima island)

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Itsukushima Shrine at the World Heritage Site of Miyajima. You need at least 3 hours, 6 hours if you want to fully enjoy it.

9:35

The first place to visit is [Miyajima island], which is famous for World Heritage [Itsukushima Shrine]. Vermilion-painted Otorii gate that juts out into the sea is famous as Japan’s icon.

You can find wild deers around Itsukushima shrine in Miyajima

You need to take a ferry to the island. There are many parking lots at the ferry terminal, but the parking lot indicated by the MAPCODE is recommended.
There are two ferries, JR West Ferry and Matsudai Ferry. Both of them are almost same but if you want to visit Mt.Misen, Matsudai ferry & ropeway combination tickets are recommended.

JR West Ferry Matsudai Ferry
Round Trip
Fare
Adult JPY360
Child JPY180
Adult JPY360
Child JPY180
Cruise time 10min 10min
First departure 6:25 7:15
Feature Ferry after 9:00 pass
by the Torii Gate
JPY1800 for Ferry &
Ropeway combination tickets

Around shrine, there are many attractions such as Senjokaku (Toyokuni Shrine) and Omotesando Shopping Street.

Miyajima’s little-known spot “Senjo-kaku” (Thousand-mat Pavilion)
Enjoy shopping and eating at Omotesando shopping acade.
There are dozens of shop for Momiji Manju a baked sweet that shaped like a leaf of maple.
The most famous meal in Miyajima is “Anago Meshi (rice with conger eel)”.

Another highlight of Miyajima is climbing Mt. Misen. At the top of the mountain, there are many natural giant rocks and unusual stones. You can also enjoy the view of Itsukushima Shrine and the Seto Inland Sea from the 360-degree panoramic observatory.

Miyajima ropeway can be used to climb Mt.Misen
Top of Mt.Misen.

Miyajima is also a famous spot for autumn leaves in the Chugoku region. Miyajima Momijidani Park, a 5-minute walk from Itsukushima Shrine, is located at the foot of the Misen Primitive Forest, and during the season (End October-End November), about 700 autumn leaves color the park.

Google Town Map for Miyajima island



40 min

3

Kintaikyo Bridge

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Beautiful arched Kintai Bridge

14:30

After enjoying Miyajima, head to Kintaikyo Bridge, one of the three famous bridges in Japan. This bridge has five arches and is a rare wooden arch bridge in the world where no nails are used.




80 min

4

Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome&Peace Memorial Park

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If you come to the A-bomb Dome, you should definitely visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

16:30
Next, return from Kintaikyo Bridge to Hiroshima, which is about an hour and 20 minutes drive.
If you haven’t been to [Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park] yet, be sure to visit.
It takes about 30 minutes to walk around the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Park, and about 1 hour to the museum.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park for Permanent World Peace

Atomic bomb dome & Peace Park map



10 min

5

Inn in Hiroshima

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On this day, you are staying in Hiroshima, following the previous day. Please relax and enjoy the night in Hiroshima.

Iwagaki(Rock Oyster) can be eaten Jun-Sep and Magaki(Pacific Oyster) can be eaten Sep-Apr
Hiroshima is famous for okonomiyaki




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
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[Drive Map]Hiroshima-Hiroshima – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the biggest city in the Chugoku&Shikoku area. The inns are concentrated between Hiroshima Station and Peace Park.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Hiroshima – Matsuyama

Start: Hiroshima (広島)
Finish: Matsuyama (松山)
Mileage:230km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will drive from Hiroshima to Matsuyama via the photogenic Shimanami Kaido.

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Inn in Hiroshima

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9:00

The mileage is 230km, which is very long, and there are many sites you may want to see, so it is recommended that you leave at around 8 o’clock or at the latest by 9 o’clock. We also recommend using the expressway (E2) from Hiroshima to Onomichi so that you can spend more of your time on the Shimanami Kaido, which is the highlight of the day.

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge on Shimanami Kaido




80 min

2

Senkoji Temple

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Onomichi strait view from Senkoji Temple on the mountain.

10:30

The first place to visit is [Senkoji Temple] in Onomichi City. It takes about one and a half hours, or about 85km, to reach Senkoji Temple by expressway (E2). Senkoji Temple is located on a hill at an altitude of 140m and overlooks the city, Onomichi Port, and Onomichi Channel from the precincts.

New observatory at Senkoji Temple park




40 min

Onomichi ramen characterized by the use of sardine soup stock

Onomichi ramen is recommended for lunch. The soy sauce ramen with chicken stock and dried sardines is delicious. Please refer Driving Map to find the famous restaurant.

3

Dolce Ice Cream

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Shimanami Kaido, a sacred place for cyclists.

14:00

After leaving Onomichi, it’s finally the main part of the day, Shimanami Kaido (E76). It is world-famous for being a cyclist’s sanctuary. This road is the best drive route with six islands connected by bridges.

[Dolce Ice Cream] on Ikuchijima island is a famous resting place. The gelato overlooking the beautiful Setouchi sea is exceptional.

Gelato store Dolce popular among cyclists




5 min

4

Kosanji Temple & The Hill Of Hope

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Museum of Shrines and Temples Kosanji Temple

14:30

For islands with tourist spots and restaurants, such as Ikuchijima Island, drive on ordinary roads instead of highways. If you go along the road along the sea, you will feel great with a refreshing drive while looking at the sea in Setouchi.

After a break at Dolce, head to Kosanji Temple & The Hill of Hope on the same island. [Kosanji Temple] is a place like a museum of shrines and temples, with buildings that imitate famous shrines and temples.

[The Hill of Hope] is a southern European-style white marble garden on the grounds of Kosanji Temple, and is a photogenic place with a wonderful contrast between the white rocks and the blue sea.

Photojournalistic Hill of the Future Mind




60 min

5

Kirosan Observatory Park

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I definitely recommend Kumirosan Observation Park.

16:15

The final destination of the Shimanami Kaido is Drive Japan’s absolutely recommended [Kirosan Observatory Park]. With a panoramic view of the Kurushima Strait and the Kurushima Strait Bridge, which are known for their rapid tides, it is the No. 1 observatory on the Shimanami Kaido. The observatory itself is also unique and was designed by Kengo Kuma, who is famous for designing the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. On the way, you will pass a narrow mountain road, so please drive carefully.




85 min

Please take note that the last entry for Matsuyama castle is around 16:30 and difficult to visit this day. You can visit next day.

Symbol of Matsuyama Matsuyama Castle

6

Inn in Matsuyama

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17:50
On this day you will stay in Matsuyama city where is famous for Dogo Onsen. It is the oldest hot spring in Japan, said to have been in existence for 3,000 years! It was also loved by Soseki Natsume, a famous novelist whose portrait was also on the old 1,000-yen bill.
“Taimeshi(Sea bream on the rice)” is recommended for dinner, but there is also B-class gourmet yakibuta tamago rice.
Citrus fruits such as mandarin oranges and ponkan are also recommended.

Uwajima-style tai-meshi is a tea-ceremony dish.
Matsuyama style tai-meshi with takikomi gohan
Last admission to Dogo Onsen, Japan’s oldest hot spring, is 22:30.




On this day, you will also pass near Hakata Island [Kaizan Flower Park]. If the cherry blossom spots (Bgn April-Mid April) are suitable for your trip, we recommend adjusting the time and stopping by.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Hiroshima-Matsuyama – Google マイマップ
Hiroshima-Matsuyama

Where to stay in Matsuyama

On this day, you will stay in Matsuyama city which is famous for the Dogo Onsen the oldest hot spring in Japan.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas. Matsuyama city and Dogo Onsen are only 3 km away, 5 minutes by car.

①Matsuyama city
The inns are concentrated near the downtown area called “Okaido” on the south side of Matsuyama castle. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsuyama castle but no inns offer Onsen.
Please take note that around Matsuyama station is inconvenient and not recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    No inns in Matsuyama area have Onsens. But you can take tram to Dogo Onsen. It takes about 20min.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Dogo Onsen(道後温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 3km northeast of Matsuyama. Dogo Onsen is said to have a history of 3,000 years and is called the oldest hot spring all over Japan.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide Onsen. Additionally, it is also a unique experience to visit the public bathhouse “Dogo Onsen Honkan”.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.

 

Matsuyama – Kurashiki

Start: Matsuyama (松山)
Finish: Kurashiki (倉敷)
Mileage:210km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you will head from Matsuyama to Kurashiki via Seto Ohashi bridge.

Recommended Itinerary

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Inn in Matsuyama

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9:00

Since the mileage is a long 210km, it is recommended to leave by about 8 o’clock or at the latest around 9 o’clock. Also, the highlights are concentrated in the second half, so please move on to the expressway in the first half.




110 min

2

Chichibugahama Beach

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Chabogahama Beach like Salt Lake Uyuni

10:50

There is not much to see from Matsuyama to Kagawa prefecture, so please travel about 100km on the expressway (E11).

The first destination of the day is [Chichibugahama Beach]. This place is famous for pictures similar to the ones taken at Lake Uyuni in Bolivia. The best time to take pictures is at dusk, but you can take interesting pictures with a water mirror even during the day.




40 min

Kagawa Prefecture is called “Udon Noodle Prefecture” and there are more than 500 Udon restaurants! Enjoy different styles of their “Sanuki Udon”. Check the famous restaurants on the Driving map. But you will have to wait long queue, especially on weekend. It is also exciting to find unknown nice udon restaurants beside the map.

Sanuki udon (Bukkake style udon)
Sanuki udon (Zaru style udon)

3

Marugame Castle

Parking MAPCODE:

77 711 850*21What is MAPCODE?

Marugame Castle with its wonderful stone walls

12:30

Next, please drop in at [Marugame Castle]. Ishigaki (stone wall), which is said to be the best in Japan with a height of over 60m, is very powerful.




25 min

4

Seto Ohashi Bridge(Yoshima Parking area)

Parking MAPCODE:

391 758 760*62What is MAPCODE?

Seto-Ohashi Bridge, where you can enjoy a drive amidst spectacular scenery

13:55

Next, let’s take expressway(E30) and head toward Kurashiki through the Seto Ohashi Bridge. [Yoshima Parking Area] is recommended for a break. Located almost in the center of the bridge, you can see it up close. There is also an observatory, which is ideal for a break while admiring the beautiful scenery.

Along the Bridge, you can enjoy a drive in the spectacular view of the Seto Inland Sea and the islands, and enjoy the exhilaration of a car trip.




35 min

Your last visit on this day is [Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter].
Kurashiki is a place to enjoy walking around town, so it is recommended to check in your inn first!

5

Inn in Kurashiki

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

15:10

You will stay in Kurashiki on this day.
In Kurashiki, hotels are concentrated between Kurashiki Station and the Bikan Historical Quarter, but it is recommended to stay as close to the Historical Quarter as possible. Enjoy a fantastic night walk in the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter. Also enjoy local gourmet food such as Takomeshi.

Takomeshi, Octopus rice, a specialty of the Seto Inland Sea area




walking

6

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

Parking MAPCODE:

Walk from your inn or 19 632 049*68What is MAPCODE?

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, which retains the beauty of an old Japanese town

Your last visit on this day is [Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter].
Traditional white-walled buildings, quaint Kurashiki River, willows, and bridges harmonize beautifully, leaving the beauty of a good old Japanese town and making you want to walk for hours. In addition, it is a town full of various attractions such as the Ohara Museum of Art.

The Ohara Museum of Art exhibits many world-renowned paintings.

The Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter is an overwhelmingly spectacular place among the many old townscapes in Japan. However, many shops close around 17:00, so if you want to spend more time in Kurashiki, please try to reach around 14:00.

A stroll through Kurashiki can easily take 2-3 hours.




On this day, you will also pass near [Shiudeyama] where the cherry blossoms (late March-early April) and hydrangeas (mid-June-late June) are beautiful. If you are traveling during this time of the year, we recommend that you adjust the time and stop by.

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Matsuyama-Kurashiki – Google マイマップ
Matsuyama-Kurashiki

Where to stay in Kurashiki

On this day, you will stay in Kurashikia(倉敷) City which is famous for its old townscape.
Many inns are concentrated between Kurashiki station and the “Bikan Historical Quarter” area.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Kurashiki – Kurashiki

Start: Kurashiki (倉敷)
Finish: Kurashiki (倉敷)
Mileage:80-120km
Travel Pace: Relax

On this day you will drive around Kurashiki and come back to Kurashiki again

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kurashiki

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

10:00

The mileage depends on the destination but you will stay Kurashiki continuously and it’s a relaxing day.
For those who want to enjoy Kurashiki thoroughly, it is recommended to spend some time exploring the Bikan Historical Quarter without driving on this day.

A stroll through Kurashiki can easily take 2-3 hours.
The Ohara Museum of Art exhibits many world-renowned paintings.




70 min

2

Bitchu Kokubunji Temple

Parking MAPCODE:

19 874 247*74What is MAPCODE?

Bicchu Kokubunji Temple, symbolized by its five-story pagoda

10:30
First, let’s head to the [Bitchu Kokubunji Temple] with the five-storied pagoda. It is known as the only five-storied pagoda in Okayama prefecture with a height of 34m.

It is also famous for its flowers and is especially recommended for the below period.
Rape blossoms: Mid Jan-End Feb
Ranger: End Apr-Bgn May
Sunflower: End Jun-End Jul

Sunflowers at Bicchu Kokubunji Temple (late June-late July)




45 min

3

Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle

Parking MAPCODE:

19 892 222*07What is MAPCODE?

Okayama Castle as seen from Okayama Korakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan

11:45

Please head to [Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle]. Korakuen Garden is one of the three famous gardens in Japan along with Kenrokuen garden in Kanazawa and Kairakuen garden in Mito. You can see Okayama Castle from the splendid Japanese garden.

The flowers of Korakuen Garden are beautiful, especially during the cherry blossoms (late March-early April) and autumn leaves (mid-November-early December) are recommended. Bitchu Kokubunji Temple is also known for its rape blossoms (mid-January-late February), lotus (late April-early May), and sunflowers (late June-late July).

Korakuen Garden in autumn foliage (mid-November-early December)

[Okayama Castle] has a black appearance and is also called a Karasu (Crow) castle, and is sometimes contrasted with Himeji Castle (Shirasagi Castle), which has a white appearance.

Okayama Castle, also known as Karasu Castle




45 min

4

Inn in Kurashiki

Parking MAPCODE:

Please head to the hotel you reserved.What is MAPCODE?

15:00

On this day, you are staying in Kurashiki, following the previous day. Enjoy a night in a traditional town with a calm atmosphere.




There is some attraction around Kurashiki. Please refer driving map and visit spots where you are interested in.

Bicchu Matsuyama Castle, the only existing castle in the mountain

[Bicchu Matsuyama Castle] is original castle built on the mountain and famous for a fantastic figure in the sea of clouds. Likely to be visible from late October to early December from sunrise to about 8:00 am.

Allow at least 4 hours and 6 hours if you want to see the Naoshima thoroughly.

If you are art lover, to visit [Naoshima island] is recommended. The island is commonly known as Japan’s art island and travelers from all over the world seeking one-of-a-kind experiences.
You can drive to Uno port and take ferry there. Please refer the driving map.

Sunset at Washuzan Observatory overlooking the Seto-ohashi Bridge

If you haven’t visit [Mt.Washuzan Observatory], it is really recommended.
The wonderful panorama of the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto-ohashi Bridge extending to Shikoku will make you sigh!

Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Kurashiki-Kurashiki – Google マイマップ
Kurashiki-Kurashiki

Where to stay in Kurashiki

On this day, you will stay in Kurashikia(倉敷) City which is famous for its old townscape.
Many inns are concentrated between Kurashiki station and the “Bikan Historical Quarter” area.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

 

Kurashiki – Osaka

Start: Kurashiki (倉敷)
Finish: Osaka (大阪京都)
Mileage:
To Kyoto: 260km
To Osaka: 235km
To Kansai Airport: 260km
Travel Pace: Fast
On this day you will back from Kurashiki to Osaka, Kyoto or Kansai airport.

Recommended Itinerary

1

Inn in Kurashiki

Parking MAPCODE:

What is MAPCODE?

9:00
Driving mileage is very long, more than 230km so it is recommended to leave by about 8 o’clock or at the latest around 9 o’clock. Please also take the expressway along the way to save time.
The following itinerary is for reference only. Please plan your schedule according to your car return location and your schedule.




40 min

2

Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle

Parking MAPCODE:

19 892 222*07What is MAPCODE?

Okayama Castle as seen from Okayama Korakuen Garden, is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan

9:40

After leaving Kurashiki, head to [Korakuen Garden & Okayama Castle]. Korakuen Garden is one of the three most famous gardens in Japan along with [Kenrokuen garden] in Kanazawa and [Kairakuen garden] in Mito. You can see Okayama Castle from the splendid Japanese garden.

The flowers of Korakuen Garden are beautiful, especially during the cherry blossoms (late March-early April) and autumn leaves (mid-November-early December) are recommended.

Korakuen Garden in autumn foliage (mid-November-early December)

[Okayama Castle] has a black appearance and is also called a Karasu (crow) castle, and is sometimes contrasted with Himeji Castle (Shirasagi Castle), which has a white appearance. You will go to Himeji Castle after Okazaki Castle, so it may be interesting to compare the appearance of both.

Okayama Castle, also known as Karasu Castle




60 min

3

Tamachan

Parking MAPCODE:

541 576 241*40What is MAPCODE?

Kakioko is really tasty! Must try!

12:30
We would definitely recommend “Kakioko” for lunch on this day! Kakioko is Okonomiyaki(savory Japanese pancake dish) that has oysters in it. Tamachan is the most famous Kakioko restaurant but you will have to wait long queue. If you visit on the weekend or on holiday, please refer driving map and consider other restaurants.




60

4

Himeji Castle

Parking MAPCODE:

24 278 873*31What is MAPCODE?

Himeji Castle is also called Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle) because of its pure white outer walls. Also known as a cherry blossom viewing spot.

14:45
Next, take the expressway (E2) to [Himeji Castle]. The castle was registered as first World Heritage in Japan and, is the biggest highlight of the day. The cherry blossoms at Himeji Castle have also been selected as one of the “100 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan” and are visited by a large number of people from late March to early April.

If time permits, we also recommend the Kokoen Garden located on the west side of Himeji Castle. Kokoen is a Japanese garden with a view of Himeji Castle. It is often used as a location for Japanese historical drama.

Kokoen Garden next to Himeji Castle




70 min

5

Mt.Rokko(Garden Terrace)

Parking MAPCODE:

12 644 204*33What is MAPCODE?

The Rokko Garden Terrace is one of the three major night view spots in Japan, along with Nagasaki and Hakodate. Rokko Garden Terrace.

18:00

Your last stop on this day is [Mt. Rokko (Garden Terrace)] on Mt. Rokko in Kobe. Use the expressway (E2) for this section as well.

This is famous as one of Japan’s three major night views, and the vast night view from Kobe to Osaka along Osaka Bay is beautiful.




5

Rental car branch at Kansai Airport, Osaka or Kyoto

Parking MAPCODE:

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The distance and time from the observatory to the goal are as follows.
Umeda (Osaka) Station: 40km / 70 minutes
Shin-Osaka Station: 40km / 70 minutes
Kyoto Station: 80km / 80 minutes
Kansai International Airport: 80km / 90 minutes

①Returning a car in Osaka or Kyoto
When you return to Osaka or Kyoto, refuel and then return the car to the car rental branch. Use the MAPCODE on the driving map for the nearest gas stations near Osaka Station or Kyoto.
Traffic jams often occur in Osaka and Kyoto because they are both large cities. Be sure to return your car with plenty of time to spare.

Osaka and Kyoto offers a wide variety of culinary delights! For dinner, try Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and other local food.

②Returning a car at Kansai Airport
When heading to Kansai airport, the distance from Osaka station is about 75 km, about 1.5 hour by expressway(5&4). Make sure you arrive at the car rental company branch 2 hours before your flight.

Additionally, there are no gas stations on the Kansai International Airport island. If you do not have enough time before your flight, we strongly recommend that you head to the airport and settle the missing gasoline bill at a rental car branch instead of trying to force yourself to refuel.

Rental car branch at Kansai airport
Osaka’s famous takoyaki
Tsutenkaku at Shinsekai area in Osaka
Dotonbori river near Nanba station in Osaka




Driving Map For the Day

The driving map will show additional 10-20 spots for the day! You will travel only to your favorite spots.
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

[Drive Map]Kurashiki-Osaka/Kyoto – Google マイマップ

Where to stay in Osaka or Kyoto

If you are planning to stay in Osaka or Kyoto, we recommend the following places.

Osaka

There is 2 recommended area in Osaka to stay in.
1. Around Osaka Umeda Station
Many people misunderstand, but Osaka and Umeda are the same places. It is 20min to USJ and10min to “Shin-Osaka Station” for Shinkansen train.
2. Around Nanba Station
It is located within walking distance of the famous “Dotonbori” and “Tsutenkaku” areas and is recommended for travelers who want to go sightseeing in Osaka.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Osaka. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Osaka by car.
  • Onsen
    Most of inns don’t have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 60,000 restaurants in Osaka. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
Kyoto

There is 2 recommended area in Kyoto to stay in.
1. Around Kyoto Station
There are many buses to all areas in Kyoto and convenient.
2. Higashiyama area
The most famous area in Kyoto because of good access to “Kiyomizu Temple” and Gion area.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Kyoto. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Kyoto by car.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 9,000 restaurants in Kyoto. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

If you haven’t booked hotels or a rental car, you can book below.

 

Rental Car Booking

Please rent a car with below “Rentalcars.com” link.

  • The abundant number of rental cars
  • Price comparisons with several major car rental companies
  • Free cancellation
*Please change the location and date by yourself
Pick-up & Drop-off Location Guide

There are 6 places for pick-up and return cars.

  • Airport
    There are 2 main airports. Domestic Airport “Itami” is near to Osaka and Kansai Airport is 50km away.
    If you arrive after 14:00 at Itami or 12:00 at Kansai airport, consider staying overnight in Osaka and departing the next morning.
    • Kansai Airport
      50km to center of Osaka.
      45 minutes from Osaka station by train, and 50 minutes by car.
    • Itami Airport
      15km to center of Osaka.
      30 minutes from Osaka station by train, and 20 minutes by car. Please note that the official name of Itami Airport is Itami International Airport, but it is for domestic flights only.
  • Main stations in Osaka
    There are 3 recommended stations for Pick-up and Drop-off. Due to the complexity of the road and heavy traffic, we recommend Shin-Osaka for those concerned.
    • Shin Osaka Station
      Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen. Only 5min to Osaka station.
    • Osaka Station
      Sometimes called Umeda Station or Osaka-Umeda Station, but consider them all the same station.
      Conveniently located 15 minutes to USJ without transfers. However,
    • Namba Station
      Convenient for Minami downtown area includes Dotonbori, Kuromon Market, Glico Man and many department stores.
  • Kyoto station
    You also can Pick-up or Drop-off cars in Kyoto. Most car rental shops are located southern side of Kyoto Station.
Important reminder for renting a car
  • GPS(Car Navigation System)
    MAPCODE from Drive Japan navigates you precisely to the parking lot. GPS from major car rental companies(Nippon, ORIX, Nissan, Times) are always MAPCODE compatible. However, if you are renting a car from another company, we recommend that you check with the rental company after making a reservation, just to be sure.
  • One-way Rental
    You can rent at the airport and return at the stations, and vice versa. Normally, the one-way charge is about JPY3000~7000.
  • Child Seat
    In Japan, the use of a child safety seat or baby seat is mandatory for children under 5 years old.
    Be sure to request one from “Extras”.
  • Snow Tire
    If you travel from the middle of December to the middle of February, you must book a car with snow tires.

Hotel Booking

You can book any hotels for this itinerary from the links below, however we will suggest a recommended mid range
hotel or inn that has:
・Parking
・A convenient location
・A rate of about JPY8,000-15,000/person/night

Start Date

/ stay in Tottori
Recommended Inn

Hotel Monarque Tottori

On this day, you will stay in Tottori (鳥取) city.
Many inns are concentrated north side of Tottori Station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Matsue
Recommended Inn

Nono Matsue

On this day, you will stay in Matsue city.
You can choose the following two areas.

①Matsue city
Accommodations are concentrated around Matsue Station and on the north side of the Ohashi River, but the north side of the Ohashi River is more convenient for dinner.
It is also convenient for visiting Matsue castle but no inns offer Onsen.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Tamatsukuri Onsen(玉造温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 6km southwest of Matsue. If you would like to stay in better accommodation with Onsen, here is recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 4 to 5-star Japanese-style Ryokans with Onsen facilities.
  • Parking
    Most inns will offer free parking.
  • Onsen
    Tamatsukuri Onsen is very famous for its skin beautifying effects and is very popular among female travelers.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are few restaurants in this area and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast.
/ stay in Hiroshima
Recommended Inn

ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the biggest city in the Chugoku&Shikoku area. The inns are concentrated between Hiroshima Station and Peace Park.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Hiroshima
Recommended Inn

ANA Crowne Plaza Hiroshima

Hiroshima is the biggest city in the Chugoku&Shikoku area. The inns are concentrated between Hiroshima Station and Peace Park.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 5-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Matsuyama
Recommended Inn

Hotel Kowakuen Haruka

On this day, you will stay in Matsuyama city which is famous for the oldest Dogo Onsen.
Many inns are concentrated in the following two areas.

①Matsuyama city
The inns are concentrated south side of Matsuyama Castle. This area is convenient for dinner and visiting Matsuyama castle but no inns offer Onsen.
Please take note that around Matsuyama station is inconvenient and not recommended.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-star western-style hotels.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

②Dogo Onsen(道後温泉)
This hot spring resort area is located 3km northeast of Matsuyama. Dogo Onsen is said to have a history of 3,000 years and is called the oldest hot spring all over Japan.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns from 3-star western-style hotels to 5-star Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    Most inns provide Onsen. Additionally, it is also a unique experience to visit the public bathhouse “Dogo Onsen Honkan”.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are many restaurants in and around the hotel for dinner, so please make reservations according to your preference.
/ stay in Kurashiki
Recommended Inn

Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Kurashikia(倉敷) City which is famous for its old townscape.
Many inns are concentrated between Kurashiki station and the “Bikan Historical Quarter” area.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Kurashiki
Recommended Inn

Kurashiki Royal Art Hotel

On this day, you will stay in Kurashikia(倉敷) City which is famous for its old townscape.
Many inns are concentrated between Kurashiki station and the “Bikan Historical Quarter” area.

  • Inn Type
    There are a variety of inns like western-style hotels and Japanese Ryokans. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Most inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
  • Onsen
    There is no Onsen in this town and no inns have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
/ stay in Osaka
Recommended Inn

Hotel androoms Shin-Osaka

On this day, you will back to Osaka(大阪) city. If you are planning to stay in Osaka, we recommend the following places.
Additionally, Kyoto is located only 50km away and takes 1 hour. If you want, you can return your car at Kyoto and stay there.

Osaka

There is 2 recommended area in Osaka to stay in.
1. Around Osaka Umeda Station
Many people misunderstand, but Osaka and Umeda are the same places. It is 20min to USJ and10min to “Shin-Osaka Station” for Shinkansen train.
2. Around Nanba Station
It is located within walking distance of the famous “Dotonbori” and “Tsutenkaku” areas and is recommended for travelers who want to go sightseeing in Osaka.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Osaka. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Osaka by car.
  • Onsen
    Most inns don’t have Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 60,000 restaurants in Osaka. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.

Kyoto

There is 2 recommended area in Kyoto to stay in.
1. Around Kyoto Station
There are many buses to all areas in Kyoto and convenient.
2. Higashiyama area
It is the most famous area in Kyoto because of good access to “Kiyomizu Temple” and Gion area.

  • Inn Type
    There are about 1,600 inns in Kyoto. Please book at your preferred type of inn.
  • Parking
    Some inns have official parking but in addition to the accommodation fee, the parking lot fee will be charged separately.
    It is inconvenient to travel in Kyoto by car.
  • Onsen
    A few inns provide Onsens.
  • Meal Plan Reservations
    There are 9,000 restaurants in Kyoto. As many restaurants are open till midnight, it is recommended to book your inns with breakfast only or without meals.
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