Chugoku&Shikoku 5 Days Itinerary-A

Summary

  • Start
    Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto
  • Finish
    Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto
  • Mileage
    Total 1100km
    220km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Fast
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.1 night
  • Recommended Seasons
    Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov

This 5-day itinerary will take you to Chugoku areas only 1% of foreign tourists visit! You can drive along the beautiful Seto Inland Sea, and visit hidden gems and local foods.

Daily mileage is long (220km) and the travel pace is fast. If you want travel Shikoku island or prefer relaxing , 7-days is recommended.

 

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.

Recommended Itinerary(Sample)

1

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(Sample)

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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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1

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 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

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 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
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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 – Kurashiki🔒

Start: Hiroshima (広島)
Finish: Kurashiki (倉敷)
Mileage:200km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day you are heading from Hiroshima to Kurashiki.

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Inn in Hiroshima

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9:00

The mileage is 200km, so it is recommended to leave by 9 o’clock. Also, save time by using the expressway (E2) on the way. If you haven’t visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, it is recommended to visit before you depart Hiroshima.




60 min

2

Senkoji Temple

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Onomichi strait view from Senkoji Temple on the mountain.

10:00

The next place to visit is [Senkoji Temple] in Onomichi City. Senkoji Temple is located on a hill at an altitude of 140m and from the precincts, you can see the city, Onomichi Port, and the Onomichi Channel where ships come and go.

New observatory at Senkoji Temple park




50 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

Tomonoura

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Tomonoura, known as a filming location for various movies

13:00

After leaving Senkoji Temple, head to Tomonoura, which is known as a location for various movies. It is one of the most scenic spots in the Seto Inland Sea and is dotted with places related to Ryoma Sakamoto, a famous person in Japanese history.

In Tomonoura, please stop by [Homeishu Store] while enjoying a walk in a narrow alley. Beginning with medicinal liquor made by soaking 16 kinds of herbs, the unique flavor becomes addictive.




70 min

Your last visit on this day is [Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter]. It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive on the expressway (E2).
Kurashiki is a place to enjoy walking around town, so it is recommended to check in your inn first!

4

Inn in Kurashiki

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15:15

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




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5

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

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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, make sure to arrive by around 14:00.

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




Another recommended spot is [Mt. Washuzan Observatory]. From the observatory, visitors can enjoy a spectacular view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea and the Seto-ohashi Bridge stretching as far as Shikoku Island.
It is one of the best observatories in Chugoku & Shikoku regions.

Sunset at Washuzan Observatory overlooking the Seto-ohashi Bridge
Driving Map For the Day🔒

The driving map will show additional 10-20 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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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 rental car stores and 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 sightseeing spots and local restaurants for the day!
You can travel freely, choosing only the spots you like!
Check pin color and MAPCODE usage.

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.

Process

  1. Book hotels or rental cars from the links below.
  2. Submit the “Map Request Form” at the bottom after bookings.
  3. We will send you day-by-day Driving Maps with MAPCODE of the itinerary you choose!
    Enjoy your trip without the hassle of finding parking!

 

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 in Kansai area.

  • Airport
    There are 2 main airports. The domestic Airport “Itami” is close to Osaka and Kansai Airport is 50km away.
    • Kansai Airport
      50km to the center of Osaka.
      45 minutes from Osaka station by train, and 50 minutes by car.
    • Itami Airport
      15km to the 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 who are concerned.
    • Shin Osaka Station
      Recommended for travelers who will take Shinkansen. Only 5min to Osaka station. Easy to pick-up and drop-off.
    • Shinjuku Station
      Sometimes called Umeda Station or Osaka-Umeda Station, but consider them all to be the same station.
      Conveniently located 15 minutes to USJ without transfers.
    • 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 Airport and return to Osaka or Kyoto, and vice versa. Usually, the one-way charge is about JPY5,000-9,000.
  • 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
    Kansai rarely gets much snow, even in winter, and snow tires are not necessary.

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 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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