Setouchi (Hiroshima, Okayama, and Yamaguchi) San'in (Tottori and Shimane)

Access from Major Cities
(Indicated travel times are all approximate)

Okayama Hiroshima Yamaguchi Tottori Shimane (Matsue)
3hr 12min
3hr 53min
1hr 35min
1hr 15min
1hr 25min
1hr 33min
3hr 20min
2hr 40min
1hr 35min
3hr 20min
3hr 40min
1hr 49min
1hr 17min
1hr 42min
4hr 20min
1hr 15min

Setouchi Region

Setouchi is Japan's largest inland sea region surrounded by Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. Having a mild climate with relatively little rainfall, Setouchi has flourishing horticulture and orchard industries. Dotted with many islands, the region is very scenic.

Atomic Bomb Dome

Despite being near the hypocenter when the bomb was dropped on August 6th, 1945, the Atomic Bomb Dome miraculously escaped total destruction. It has since become a symbol for eradicating nuclear weapons and the importance of eternal peace. It is a World Heritage Site.

<Getting There>
Take the streetcar to "Genbaku Domu-mae" and the Dome is nearby.

Itsukushima Shrine

Miyajima is one of Japan's Scenic Trio and revered as a sacred island of the gods. Since the island is so sacred, the shrine was built on the ocean to avoid disturbing the gods. It became a World Heritage Site in 1996.

<Getting There>
Go to Miyajimaguchi Station and take the ferry to Miyajima Sanbashi Port. The shrine is a short walk from the port.

Okunoshima island

Previously home to a poison gas factory, the island was once officially erased from the map. Today, it is home to 700 wild rabbits.

<Getting There>
From JR Mihara Station, go to Tadanoumi Station, taking 20 min. From Tadanoumi Port, take a ferry taking about 15 min.

Kintaikyo Bridge

A National Scenic Site, Kintaikyo Bridge is unique with five arch bridges. It was built using traditional methods dating from centuries ago. Even modern bridge engineers marvel at the arch bridges' perfect construction.

<Getting There>
From JR Iwakuni Station, 20 min. by bus.

Motonosumi Inari Shrine

An awesome sight of 123 torii gates extending for over 100 meters. The six-meter high torii has Japan's most difficult-to-reach offertory box mounted near the top.

<Getting There>
Approx. 30 min. by car from Nagato Yumoto Onsen.

Hagi Townscape

Hagi is one of Japan's most historic cities as it prospered as a castle town for 260 years. It still retains a lot of the castle townscape with dignified samurai homes and other remnants. It became a World Heritage Site in July 2015.

<Getting There>
From JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station, about 90 min. by bus.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

A National Important Preservation District for Traditional Buildings. Along the Kurashiki River are willow trees beautifully contrasting with traditional longhouses and storehouses having white walls and lattice windows. Beautiful traditional Japanese architecture remains.

<Getting There>
From JR Kurashiki Station, a 10-min. walk.

Korakuen Garden

One of Japan's three most famous gardens. Built about 300 years ago, the huge garden covers 144,000 square meters and has a circular scenic route around a pond. Rated three stars by Michelin Green Guide Japan.

<Getting There>
From JR Okayama Station, 12 min. by bus.

Okayama Castle

The main castle tower with three levels on six floors is unusual in Japan for being an uneven, five-sided building. Because of its black exterior, it is nicknamed "Crow Castle."

<Getting There>
From JR Okayama Station, take the streetcar to Shiroshita Station. A 10-min. walk.

San'in Region

The San'in Region faces the Sea of Japan and includes Tottori and Shimane Prefectures. Major attractions are mountains such as Mt. Daisen and Mt. Sanbe and the scenic coast. The region also boasts many major hot springs such as Misasa Onsen, Kaike Onsen, and Tamatsukuri Onsen.

©Tottori Hanakairo-Flower Park

Mt. Daisen and Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park

With Mt. Daisen in the background (elevation 1,709 m), this is Japan's largest flower park with beautiful scenery and nature. Each season has different flowers blooming.

<Getting There>
From JR Yonago Station, take the free shuttle bus taking 25 min.

Tottori Sand Dunes

The sand dunes extend 16 km east to west and 2.4 km north to south. Sand ripples are created by the wind, and you can enjoy camel rides, paragliding, and sand boarding.

<Getting There>
From JR Tottori Station, take a local bus going to Tottori Sakyu.

Misasa Onsen Hot Spring

The radium hot spring boasts one of the world's highest concentration of radium. Ryokan inns line the Mitoku River, and while taking a pleasant stroll, you can find hot spring public baths, drinkable hot spring water, foot baths, and more.

<Getting There>
From JR Kurayoshi Station, 20 min. by bus.

Tamatsukuri Onsen Hot Spring

One of Japan's oldest hot springs. Due to its great efficacy, the hot spring water is called "Sacred." It is especially good for the skin, making it popular among women as a "Hot Spring for Beautiful Skin."

<Getting There>
From JR Tamatsukuri Onsen Station, take a bus going to Tamatsukuri Onsen.

Adachi Museum of Art

The museum’s garden covers 165,000 square meters and has been rated as Japan’s number one garden for fourteen consecutive years by the American magazine, “The Journal of Japanese Gardening”.

<Getting There>
The museum offers a free shuttle bus from JR Yasugi Station, which takes approximately twenty minutes to arrive at the museum.

Matsue Castle and Horikawa Sightseeing Boat

Matsue Castle has one of Japan's few original main castle towers. In 2015, it was designated as a National Treasure. The small Horikawa Sightseeing Boat takes you to see samurai homes and other historical sights and scenery.

<Getting There>
From JR Matsue Station, 10 min. by bus.