Chugoku&Shikoku 6 Days Itinerary-A

Summary

  • Start
    Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto
  • Finish
    Kansai Airport, Osaka, or Kyoto
  • Mileage
    Total 1150km
    190km per day
  • Travel Pace
    Fast
  • Onsen Stay
    Max.2 night
  • Recommended Seasons
    All year round

This 6-day itinerary will take you to Chugoku & Shikoku areas only 3% of foreign tourists visit! It focuses for the Seto Inland Sea area and can 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 give you enough time for Itsukushima Shrine. If you want enough time for Kurashiki or Naoshima Art Island, 7-days or 8-days is recommended.

 

Osaka – Takamatsu

Start: Osaka (大阪京都)
Finish: Takamatsu (高松)
Mileage:
From Kyoto: 245km
From Osaka: 210km
From Kansai Arirpot: 240km
Travel Pace: Fast

On this day, you will head from Matsuyama to Takamatsu via Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and Awaji Island.

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1

Inn in Osaka or Kyoto

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9:00

Although it depends on the departure point, it is recommended to start as early as possible because the mileage is 245km. Also, use the expressway as much as possible to reduce travel time.




140 min

When you depart, take the expressway (4, 5, and E28) directly to Awaji Island.
The [Akashi Kaikyo Bridge] that passes on the way has a beautiful view and you can enjoy comfortable driving.

Akashi Kaikyo Bridge

2

Uzu no Michi & Eddy Memorial Hall

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Onaruto Bridge

11:20

Immediately after arriving at Awaji Island, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (Awaji SA) has a wonderful view and is perfect for a break.
After passing Awaji Island, you will arrive at the first destination of the day, [Uzu no Michi & Eddy Memorial Hall]. Here you can enjoy the whirlpools of Naruto and the Onaruto Bridge.

[Uzu no Michi] is a promenade installed under the road of Onaruto Bridge, and you can enjoy whirlpools while taking a walk in the air for about 500m.

[Eddy Memorial Hall] is a facility where you can experience the Naruto Ohashi Bridge and whirlpools in a simulated manner using virtual technology.




5 min

3

Whirlpools Sightseeing Boats

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Uzushio Kisen & Wanda Naruto, a tidal boat that allows you to see the whirlpools right in front of you.

12:30

There is a platform for [Whirlpools Sightseeing Boats] where you can see the whirlpools of Naruto in front of you. Experience the famous Naruto Whirlpools from the top of the ship.

Small boats are recommended on weekdays, and large boats are recommended on weekends and holidays.

[Weekday]
Uzushio Kisen (small size 1550 yen 20 minutes) is recommended
MAPCODE: 406 211 567

[Weekend or Holiday]
Wanda Naruto (large 1800 yen 30 minutes) is recommended
MAPCODE: 406 210 211

Uzushio Kisen


Wanda Naruto

5 min

4

Otsuka Museum of Art

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Otsuka Museum of Art, featuring masterpieces from around the world

14:30

After enjoying the whirlpools of Naruto, let’svisit [Otsuka Museum of Art].
This is a museum that reproduces the world’s masterpieces in full size, created by the Otsuka Group, known for its Pocari Sweat. All the masterpieces that everyone has seen in textbooks are recreated from ceramic plates, so you can touch them directly. You will be overwhelmed by the extraordinary number of exhibits.

There are many delicious restaurants around Naruto.
Choose your favorite restaurants such as seafood, Tokushima ramen, and Naruto udon.

Tokushima Ramen
This area is famous for “Tai” (Sea bream)




60 min

5

Inn in Takamatsu

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17:40

After enjoying Naruto, take the expressway (E11) again and head toward Takamatsu.

You will stay in Takamatsu on this day.
There are many hotels in Takamatsu on the south side of Takamatsu Station, but restaurants are especially concentrated around Takamatsu Castle. Enjoy local gourmet food such as bone-in chicken and olive dishes as well as Sanuki udon.

Sanuki udon (thick Japanese wheat noodles)




On this day, you will also pass near [National Akashi Kaikyo Park] where various flowers such as tulips and cherry blossoms bloom all year round, and [Awaji Hanasajiki] where you can see rape blossoms in spring and cosmos fields in autumn. If you are traveling during this time of the year, we recommend that you adjust the time and stop by.

Awaji Hanasajiki” where flowers can be enjoyed all year round.

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

Where to stay in Takamatsu

The inns are concentrated south side of Takamatsu station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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 most inns don’t 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.

 

Takamatsu – Matsuyama🔒

Start:Takamatsu (高松)
Finish:Matsuyama (松山)
Mileage:180km
Travel Pace: Normal

On this day you are heading from Takamatsu to Matsuyama.

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9:00

The mileage is 180km, but about half is an expressway.




60 min

2

Kotohiragu(Konpiragu) Shrine

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Konpira-gu Shrine known for its long staircase

10:00

The first place to visit is the famous [Kotohiragu], which is synonymous with Kagawa Prefecture. Known as “Sanuki no Konpira-san” for a long time, and the long stone steps (785 steps to the main shrine and 1368 steps to the inner shrine) are especially famous.




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 (Zasru style udon)

3

Takaya Shrine

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Torii gate of Takaya Shrine, said to be a torii in the sky

13:00

After that, we recommend two famous Instagram spots.
[Takaya Shrine] is famous as “Torii in the Sky” and you can take wonderful pictures.




30 min

4

Zenigata sand picture Observatory

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Zenigata sand picture has been preserved more than 300 years

14:00
This is a sand painting of a coin used in Japan 400 years ago.
It measures 122 meters from east to west and 90 meters from north to south. Incredibly, it has been preserved by the local people for more than 300 years.




110min

After Zenigata sand picture, there are not many attraction and recommended to take expressway(E11) to Matsuyama city, tonight’s lodging. Be careful that although it is long driving on the express way there are only 2 rest area.

  • Irino PA (入野PA)
  • Ishizuchiyama SA(石槌山SA)

5

Matsuyama Castle

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Symbol of Matsuyama Matsuyama Castle

16:30
If you are on time, go to [Matsuyama Castle], one of the original castle towers. The castle was built on a mountain in the middle of the flat land of the city of Matsuyama, and the view from the castle is also the best.

Please take note that the last entry for Matsuyama castle is early and try to reach by 16:30.

Matsuyama Castle



10 min

6

Inn in Matsuyama

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17:30
On this day you will stay in Matsuyama city which 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.
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.




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 Matsuyama

On this day, you will stay in Matsue 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.

 

Matsuyama – Hiroshima🔒

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

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

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9:00

The mileage is 230km, which is very long, and there are many sites you 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 Onomichi to Hiroshima so that you can spend your time more on the Shimanami Kaido, which is the highlight of the day.

If you want to visit Matsuyama castle, let’s visit before you depart Matsuyama.

Symbol of Matsuyama Matsuyama Castle. Open from 9:00.




85 min

Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge on Shimanami Kaido

If you drive 45km from Matsuyama for about 1 hour and 25 minutes, you will reach the main part of the day, Shimanami Kaido. The world-famous cyclist’s sanctuary, this road is the best drive route with six islands connected by bridges.

2

Kirosan Observatory Park

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Mt.Kirosan Observatory park is the best spot along the Shimanami Kaido

10:30

The first destination of the day is Drive Japan’s highly recommended [Mt.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.




50 min

3

Kosanji Temple & The Hill of Hope

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Museum of Shrines and Temples Kosanji Temple

12:00

If you cross the Tatara Bridge, which is one of the most beautiful bridges on the Shimanami Kaido, you will arrive at Ikuchijima Island. Please go to [Kosanji Temple & The Hill of Hope] there. [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




40 min

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.

Onomichi ramen characterized by the use of sardine soup stock

4

Senkoji Temple

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Onomichi strait view from Senkoji Temple on the mountain.

14:30

The next spot is [Senkoji Temple]. It stands on a hill at an altitude of 140m and overlooks the city, Onomichi Port, and the sea from the precincts.

New observatory at Senkoji Temple park




90 min

From Senkoji Temple to Hiroshima, it takes about 85km by expressway (E2), which is about an hour and a half.

5

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.

17:00

If you have time on this day, go to the World Heritage Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park. [Atomic Bomb Dome] is a former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Center that miraculously survived the atomic bomb, and is widely known as a symbol of the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

[Peace Memorial Park] was built in this place near the hypocenter of the atomic bomb, hoping for permanent peace in the world. If you go to the Peace Memorial Museum, you can feel the ugliness of the atomic bomb through the displays of the remains of the atomic bomb survivors, photographs, and materials showing the tragedy of the atomic bomb.
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




5 min

6

Inn in Hiroshima

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18:30

On this day you will stay in Hiroshima.
There are many hotels between Hiroshima Station and Peace Park. The “Hatchobori” and “Nagarekawa” areas on the east side of Peace Park are downtown areas of Hiroshima, and restaurants are concentrated. It is convenient to book a hotel within walking distance to Peace Park and the Atomic Bomb Dome.
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




On this day, we 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 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 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 – 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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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 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 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 – 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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1

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.

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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.

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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




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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.

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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.




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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!
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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 Takamatsu
Recommended Inn

Dormy Inn Takamatsuchuokoenmae Natural Hot Springs

The inns are concentrated south side of Takamatsu station.

  • Inn Type
    Most of these inns are 3 to 4-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 most inns don’t 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 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 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.

Map Request Form

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