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Chugoku

Chugoku

Chugoku region is the westernmost part of the main Japanese island Honshu. The region is characterized by irregular rolling hills and limited plain areas and is divided into two distinct parts by mountains running east and west through its center. The city of Hiroshima, the “capital” of the Chugoku region, was rebuilt after being destroyed by an atomic bomb in 1945, and is now an industrial metropolis of more than one million people. Aside from Hiroshima, you will find a side of Japan that’s completely unlike the better-known destinations in Kansai (Kinki) and Kanto.

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Hiroshima

Hiroshima, about 1.1 million of population, the world-renowned “City of Peace”, is the largest city in the Chugoku region. It is also a beautiful city, endowed with nature and an environment including the Seto Inland Sea, six rivers flowing through its mountains, and an urban area full of green.
Although it once became a burnt field because of the atomic bomb, in time, along with other Hiroshima residents, and with generous assistance from Japan and around the world, they managed to bring their city back to life. The city has been developed as a “Mono-zukuri” manufacturing town, mainly as a center of the auto industry.

Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome)Atomic Bomb Dome (Genbaku Dome)
The Hiroshima Industrial Promotion Hall was constructed in 1915. This building was highly r …  more »
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Hiroshima CastleHiroshima Castle
Hiroshima Castle was originally built in 1589 by Mori Terumoto. Its original Tenshukaku mai …  more »
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Itsukushima-jinja ShrineItsukushima-jinja Shrine
Itsukushima-jinja Shrine is said to have been established in 593. The shrine became prosper …  more »
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Peace Memorial Museum (Atomic Bomb Museum)Peace Memorial Museum (Atomic Bomb Museum)
There are about 19,000 pieces in the museum collection, such as scorched roof tiles, burned …  more »
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Peace Memorial ParkPeace Memorial Park
The park, which covers approximately 122,100 square meters, was completed after the World W …  more »
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Okayama

Okayama is situated in the southeastern Chugoku region and faces the Seto Inland Sea. The mild climate and scant rainfall make Okayama ideal for growing grapes, peaches, and other fruit. The Chugoku Mountain Range extends in the north, the Kibi-kogen Highlands spread south of the mountains beyond the Tsuyama Basin, and the Okayama Plain faces the Seto Inland Sea in the south.

Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum (Bizen Osafune Token Village)Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum (Bizen Osafune Token Village)
Bizen Province (today’s Okayama prefecture) was one of the major places where good Japanese …  more »
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Okayama CastleOkayama Castle
Okayama developed as the castle town of Okayama Castle. Okayama Castle was constructed in  …  more »
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Maniwa, Okayama

Bitchu-Kanachiana CaveBitchu-Kanachiana Cave
Bitchu-Kanachiana Cave located in the northern part of Kibi-kogen Plateau is the oldest lim …  more »
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Centre for Cultural Exchange “HISHIO”Centre for Cultural Exchange 'HISHIO'
The traditional Kura storehouse located on a small hill in Katsuyama Historical Preservatio …  more »
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Create SugedaniCreate Sugedani
Create Sugedani is a farm-village-style resort which features bungalows and thatched houses …  more »
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Daigo-sakuraDaigo-sakura
Daigo-sakura is a giant Sakura tree stands on a hill between Ochiai town and Katsuyama town …  more »
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Former Senkyo Jinjo Elementary SchoolFormer Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School
The wooden school building of Senkyo Jinjo Elementary School, built in 1907 and designated  …  more »
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Hiruzen Herb Garden “Her Bill”Hiruzen Herb Garden 'Her Bill'
Hiruzen Herb Garden “Her Bill” features about 200 varieties of herbs and seasonal flowers.  …  more »
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Hiruzen Horse ParkHiruzen Horse Park
Hiruzen Horse Park is an equestrian club facility where people are free to try their hand a …  more »
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Hiruzen Jersey LandHiruzen Jersey Land
Hiruzen Jersey Land consists of a farm, factory, shop and restaurant which are all managed  …  more »
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Hiruzen WineryHiruzen Winery
Hiruzen Winery grows their original crimson glory vine that was developed from the wild vin …  more »
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Hiruzen Yatsuka Onsen Spa “Kaiyukan”Hiruzen Yatsuka Onsen Spa 'Kaiyukan'
Kaiyukan is a public bath facility which uses the natural radon hot spring water originates …  more »
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Kanba-no-taki FallsKanba-no-taki Falls
Kanba-no-taki Falls plunge from a height of about 110 meters down a sheer rock face some 20 …  more »
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Katsuyama Historical Preservation DistrictKatsuyama Historical Preservation District
During the Edo Period (1603 – 1868), Katsuyama prospered as one of the main lodging towns o …  more »
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Katsuyama Woodworking Community Hall (Mokuzai Fureai-kaikan)Katsuyama Woodworking Community Hall (Mokuzai Fureai-kaikan)
85 percent of Katsuyama consists of mountain and forests, and forestry has been a major ind …  more »
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Kiyama-ji TempleKiyama-ji Temple
Kiyama-ji Temple is said to have been built by the priest Kukai (Kobo-Daishi) in 815. The t …  more »
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Mairai-ji TempleMairai-ji Temple
This temple is also known as “Hanga-dera”(Woodbolock print temple) because of the woodblock …  more »
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Yubara Onsen MuseumYubara Onsen Museum
Yubara Onsen Museum exhibits the history and folk tales of Yubara Onsen hot spring as well  …  more »
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Shimane

Shimane is situated on the western tip of Honshu Island (the main island of Japan), and faces the Korean Peninsula over the Sea of Japan. Trade with the continent and China thrived in olden times, and this region was once the leading edge of culture.
The Chugoku Mountain Range extends from east to west, and rivers flow down northwards from the mountains, carving out cool, pleasant valleys before running into the sea. The long coastline changes rhythmically, as cliffs and boulders give the coastline a rugged appearance, before giving way to gentle sand dunes. First-time visitors get a strange feeling of nostalgia from the atmosphere of little fishing villages by the inlets and small towns nestled in the valleys.

Adachi Museum of ArtAdachi Museum of Art
Adachi Museum of Art is well known for both its superb Japanese garden and its collection o …  more »
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Archaeological Museum of KojindaniArchaeological Museum of Kojindani
In July, 1984 three-hundred and fifty-eight bronze swords were discovered in Hikawa Town, S …  more »
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Former Kawashima ResidenceFormer Kawashima Residence
Kawashima Family was an officer of the magistrate’s office and the house was originally bui …  more »
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Iwami Ginzan World Heritage CenterIwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
It is difficult to appreciate the value of Iwami Ginzan just by viewing the site. This muse …  more »
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Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine (Ryugenji-Mabu)Iwami-Ginzan Silver Mine (Ryugenji-Mabu)
The Iwami-Ginzan silver mine was especially known worldwide as “Silver Kingdom” around the  …  more »
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Izumo-Taisha Shrine (Izumo-Oyashiro)Izumo-Taisha Shrine (Izumo-Oyashiro)
The ancient shrine of Izumo-Taisha has deep roots in Japanese mythology. Izumo-Taisha enshr …  more »
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Kumagai ResidenceKumagai Residence
Kumagai Residence is the largest merchant residence in Omori. The residence was involved wi …  more »
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Shimane Museum of Ancient IzumoShimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
Opened in 2007, the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo displays ancient artifacts such as rema …  more »
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Tezen MuseumTezen Museum
The Tezen Museum is housed in an Edo Period (1603 – 1868) building, which was once used as  …  more »
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The Izumo Museum of Quilt ArtThe Izumo Museum of Quilt Art
Located in the very center of the Izumo Plain, The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art was the first  …  more »
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Yasugi-bushi Entertainment HallYasugi-bushi Entertainment Hall
The Yasugi-bushi Entertainment Hall is located in the same city where the dance was develop …  more »
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Matsue, Shimane

Matsue straddles the Ohashi-gawa River, which connects Lake Shinji-ko to Lake Nakanoumi-ko and then the sea. “The sun begins to set, and exquisite astonishments of tinting appear in water and sky.” This is how the author Lafcadio Hearn (Japanese name: Koizumi Yakumo) described the beauty of Matsue and Lake Shinji-ko. This beautiful town, surrounded by water and blessed with an abundance of beautiful natural scenery, is often referred to as the “Water City”.

Abe Eishiro Memorial MuseumAbe Eishiro Memorial Museum
Abe Eishiro Memorial Museum displays the works of Eishiro Abe, a craftsman who was awarded  …  more »
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Buke-Yashiki (Samurai Residence)Buke-Yashiki (Samurai Residence)
The Buke-Yashiki residence served as a home to a middle-ranking Samurai and his family 270  …  more »
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Gessho-ji TempleGessho-ji Temple
Gessho-ji Temple was converted from an ordinary temple to a family temple for Matsue’s Mats …  more »
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Horikawa Sightseeing BoatHorikawa Sightseeing Boat
The small boat takes you around Matsue Castle’s historical inner and outer moats, passing p …  more »
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Izumo Kanbe-no-SatoIzumo Kanbe-no-Sato
Here you can enjoy listening to the myths and legends of the Izumo region as well as experi …  more »
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Izumo Tamatsukuri Historic Park / Izumo Tamatsukuri MuseumIzumo Tamatsukuri Historic Park / Izumo Tamatsukuri Museum
Izumo tamatsukuri Historic park lies in the hills to the rear of Tamayu Town’s Tamatsukuri  …  more »
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Jozan Inari-jinja ShrineJozan Inari-jinja Shrine
Jozan Inari-jinja Shrine was established by Matsudaira Naomasa, who became the lord of Mats …  more »
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Kamosu-jinja ShrineKamosu-jinja Shrine
The main hall of Kamosu-jinja Shrine is said to be the oldest standing sample of “Taisha” s …  more »
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Karakoro-Kobo Art StudioKarakoro-Kobo Art Studio
The Karakoro Art Studio is located in the former Bank of Japan building, clearly distinguis …  more »
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Kimachi StoneKimachi Stone
“Kimachi Stone” is a museum which introduces the history and culture of Kimachi stone with  …  more »
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Kumano-Taisha ShrineKumano-Taisha Shrine
Kumano-Taisha is a beautiful shrine located in southern Matsue. The shrine is dedicated to  …  more »
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Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) Memorial MuseumLafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo) Memorial Museum
Lafcadio Hearn was a British writer who is best known for his writing that introduced Japan …  more »
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Lafcadio Hearn’s Former ResidenceLafcadio Hearn's Former Residence
Lafcadio Hearn (known in Japan as Koizumi Yakumo) was a British writer (although he was bor …  more »
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Lake Shinji-koLake Shinji-ko
Lake Shinji-ko is Japan’s seventh largest lake. The sunset over the lake is noted for its v …  more »
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Matsue Castle (Chidori Castle)Matsue Castle (Chidori Castle)
Matsue Castle was built in 1611 by Matsue’s first Lord, Yoshiharu Horio. The elegance of th …  more »
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Matsue English GardenMatsue English Garden
Headed by a British gardener Keith Gott, Matsue English Garden was designed based on the En …  more »
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Matsue Folk Museum (Koun-kaku Palace)Matsue Folk Museum (Koun-kaku Palace)
Koun-kaku Palace was originally constructed in 1903 to host the Emperor Meiji. His visit wa …  more »
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Matsue History MuseumMatsue History Museum
Located next to Matsue Castle, Matsue History Museum was designed to resemble a samurai res …  more »
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Matsue Kyomise Shopping DistrictMatsue Kyomise Shopping District
Matsue Kyomise Shopping District is located at the center of Matsue City and stretches from …  more »
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Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen Hot SpringMatsue Shinji-ko Onsen Hot Spring
The source of the Matsue Shinji-ko hot spring lies some 1,250 meters below ground, and the  …  more »
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Matsue Vogel ParkMatsue Vogel Park
Matsue Vogel Park houses many exotic species of flowers and birds that are unusual in Japan …  more »
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Meimei-an Tea HouseMeimei-an Tea House
Meimei-an is a tea house built in 1779 at the request of the Matsue’s 7th feudal lord, Mat …  more »
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Miho-jinja ShrineMiho-jinja Shrine
Miho-jinja Shrine, located in Mihonoseki Harbor at the eastern tip of Shimane Peninsula, is …  more »
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Mihonoseki LighthouseMihonoseki Lighthouse
Mihonoseki Lighthouse, the oldest stone lighthouse in Sanin region built in 1898 according  …  more »
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Mount Makuragi-san / Kezo-ji TempleMount Makuragi-san / Kezo-ji Temple
Mt. Makuragi-san is a designated prefectural nature park, where you can enjoy a panoramic v …  more »
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Sada-jinja ShrineSada-jinja Shrine
Sada-jinja Shrine appears in “Izumo-no-Kuni Fudoki”, an ancient records of Izumo which was  …  more »
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Shimane Art MuseumShimane Art Museum
Situated on Lake Shinji’s shore, Shimane Art Museum, opened in 1999, is famous for its beau …  more »
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Shirakata Tenmangu ShrineShirakata Tenmangu Shrine
Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine, also known locally as “Tenjin-san”, is dedicated to Sugawara Mic …  more »
History
Tamatsukuri Onsen Hot SpringTamatsukuri Onsen Hot Spring
Tamatsukuri Onsen Hot Spring was mentioned in the Chronicles of Izumo Province (Izumo Fudok …  more »
Spa / Hot spring
Tamatsukuriyu-jinja Shrine (Wishing Stone)Tamatsukuriyu-jinja Shrine (Wishing Stone)
Tamatsukuriyu-jinja Shrine enshrines Tamanooya-no-Mikoto, the god who is said to have creat …  more »
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Yaegaki-jinja ShrineYaegaki-jinja Shrine
In the legend “Yamata-no-Orochi”, after slaying the eight-headed serpent, the deity Susanoo …  more »
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Yakumo Tatsu Fudoki-no-OkaYakumo Tatsu Fudoki-no-Oka
In the southern outskirts of Matsue lies Yakumo Tatsu Fudoki-no-Oka, an area surrounded by  …  more »
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Yuushi-en GardenYuushi-en Garden
Located in Daikon-shima Island, Yuushi-en consists of a 40,000 square-meter garden with the …  more »
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Hamada, Shimane

Aqua MisumiAqua Misumi
Aqua Misumi is a facility where both young and old can enjoy various sports and recreationa …  more »
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Asahi Furusato History ParkAsahi Furusato History Park
Asahi Furusato History Park was originally the Yatsuomote Burial Mound no. 18 site, which w …  more »
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Asahi Onsen Hot SpringAsahi Onsen Hot Spring
Located in the Chugoku Mountains, Asahi Onsen Hot Spring is a small hot spring resort where …  more »
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Asahi Tenguston Snow ParkAsahi Tenguston Snow Park
Surrounded by luscious virgin forest this ski resort is considered to be one of the best wi …  more »
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Hamada Castle RuinsHamada Castle Ruins
Hamada Castle, built in 1620 by Shigeharu Furuta, served as the heart of Hamada’s feudal go …  more »
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Hamada Children’s Museum of ArtHamada Children's Museum of Art
Hamada Children’s Museum of Art is a child-oriented museum which displays art works created …  more »
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Iwami Adachi Art MuseumIwami Adachi Art Museum
Iwami Adachi Art Museum, opened in 1977, displays Keiji Adachi’s personal collections as we …  more »
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Iwami Seaside ParkIwami Seaside Park
Iwami Seaside Park has such facilities an auto-camping ground, cabins and tennis courts, an …  more »
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Iwami Tatamigaura BeachIwami Tatamigaura Beach
Iwami Tatamigaura is a scenic site of rare national beauty created when the see floor was r …  more »
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Kanagi Western Horseback Riding ParkKanagi Western Horseback Riding Park
Kanagi Western Horseback Riding Park is a place where horseback riders of all levels can sa …  more »
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Kokufu BeachKokufu Beach
Kokufu Beach is famous for its beautiful white sand. The beach is nearly one kilometer long …  more »
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Kowa Onsen SpaKowa Onsen Spa
Kowa Onsen Spa is a public bath facility opened in 2007 by an individual person who succeed …  more »
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Mimata Onsen Hot SpringMimata Onsen Hot Spring
Mimata Onsen Hot Spring is a quiet hot spring district located along the Kakoya-gawa river. …  more »
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Misumi ParkMisumi Park
In Misumi Park, renowned throughout the Chugoku region for its azaleas, some 50,000 flowers …  more »
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Murodani Tanada Rice TerracesMurodani Tanada Rice Terraces
In 1976, Murodani in Misumi town had the largest number of rice terraces in Japan, numberin …  more »
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Refre Park Kinta-no-SatoRefre Park Kinta-no-Sato
Refre Park Kinta-no-Sato is a hot spring facility which offers relaxation. It is a perfect  …  more »
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Ruins of Iwami Kokubun-ji Temple (Konzo-ji Temple)Ruins of Iwami Kokubun-ji Temple (Konzo-ji Temple)
These are the ruins of the Iwami Kokubun-ji Temple which was built in the middle of the 8th …  more »
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Ryochu-ji TempleRyochu-ji Temple
Ryochu-ji Temple is the birthplace of Ryochu, the third Patriarch of the Jodo sect and a pl …  more »
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Ryuun-ji TempleRyuun-ji Temple
Ryuun-ji Temple is an ancient 600 year old temple belonging to the Soji-ji branch of the Jo …  more »
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Sekisho Art MuseumSekisho Art Museum
Sekisho Art Museum was opened in 2001 after Tadashi Ishimoto, a native of Misumi-cho town i …  more »
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Sekishu Washi CenterSekishu Washi Center
The skills and techniques for making Sekishu Washi, a type of Japanese paper that has a his …  more »
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Shimane Aquarium AQUASShimane Aquarium AQUAS
Aquas is one of the largest aquariums in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions. It houses 10,000  …  more »
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Shingaku-in TempleShingaku-in Temple
It is said that at the time Hamada Castle was being built, that the Tendai sect Raigo-ji Te …  more »
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Sun Village HamadaSun Village Hamada
Sun Village Hamada a 60,000 square meters multipurpose fitness facility in Hamada. The faci …  more »
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Tada-ji TempleTada-ji Temple
Tada-ji Temple is an ancient temple located on Mt. Kikko. The temple belongs to the Shingon …  more »
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Taimasan-jinja ShrineTaimasan-jinja Shrine
The garden of Taimasan-jinja Shrine was once the northern garden of the library of the old  …  more »
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Tsukawa Tanada Rice TerracesTsukawa Tanada Rice Terraces
Located approximately 500 meters above sea level, the rice harvested from the rice terraces …  more »
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Yasaka Furusato Taiken CenterYasaka Furusato Taiken Center
Yasaka Furusato Taiken Center is a quiet recreational facility located in the rich natural  …  more »
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Tottori

Tottori Prefecture is situated in the northeastern part of the Chugoku region. This prefecture abounds with scenery that changes expressions from season to season. The area consists of a long coastline that stretches from east to west, narrow flatlands, and a mountainous area represented by Mt. Daisen. The fresh greenery in spring and tinted leaves in autumn at Mt. Daisen, in particular, are breathtakingly beautiful sights. You can enjoy this scenery from the windows of the train that runs on the San-in Line along the coastline

Daisen-daki WaterfallDaisen-daki Waterfall
Daisen-daki Waterfall is a beautiful two-tiered waterfall surrounded by a natural forest. T …  more »
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Encho-en GardenEncho-en Garden
Encho-en, the largest Chinese garden in Japan, was designed to resemble that of a classical …  more »
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Imadaki WaterfallImadaki Waterfall
Surrounded by big trees, the scenery of the 44 meters tall Imadaki Waterfall is spectacular …  more »
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Lake Togo-ko (Togo-ike)Lake Togo-ko (Togo-ike)
Lake Togo-ko is also called “Crane Lake” since its shape looks like a crane with its wings  …  more »
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Misasa Onsen Hot SpringMisasa Onsen Hot Spring
Misasa Onsen is a well known hot spring resort in the Sanin Region (northern part of the Ch …  more »
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Moroga-keikoku Valley / Ogataki WaterfallMoroga-keikoku Valley / Ogataki Waterfall
Nestled in the mountains near Misasa, the scenic Moroga-keikoku Valley stretches from Morog …  more »
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Mount DaisenMount Daisen
Mt. Daisen is a majestic mountain range whose demeanor and singular beauty evolves with the …  more »
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Sanbutsu-ji TempleSanbutsu-ji Temple
1,300 years ago, Shugendo (Mountain Buddhism) started at Mt. Mitoku, and Sanbutsu-ji Temple …  more »
History
Utsubuki ParkUtsubuki Park
Utsubuki Park was opened when Emperor Taisho visited Tottori prefecture in the Meiji Period …  more »
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Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is situated on the westernmost tip of Honshu. Because of its geographical location and ocean current, it has long had cultural exchanges with the Korean Peninsula.

Akiyoshi-dai PlateauAkiyoshi-dai Plateau
Akiyoshi-dai is the largest limestone plateau in Japan known for its karst topography. 4,50 …  more »
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Akiyoshi-do CaveAkiyoshi-do Cave
Akiyoshi-do is one of the largest stalactite caves of its kind in the Orient, developed 100 …  more »
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Hagi Uragami MuseumHagi Uragami Museum
Hagi Uragami Museum opened when Toshiro Uragami, a successful business person, donated his  …  more »
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Ishii Chawan MuseumIshii Chawan Museum
Ishii Chawan Museum holds 130 of antique Chawan bowls including Korai Chawan (bowls made in …  more »
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Kumaya Art MuseumKumaya Art Museum
Kumaya Art Museum holds the collection of Kumaya Family, a prominent merchant during the Ed …  more »
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