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Chugoku Travel Guide

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The Chugoku Region (中国地方, Chūgoku Chihō, literally "central country") makes up the western part of Japan's main island Honshu. It is commonly subdivided into the heavily urbanized and industrialized Sanyo Region along the Seto Inland Sea coast and the much more rural Sanin Region along the Sea of Japan coast.

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Attractions
Okayama Prefecture
 1  Inujima Island
Small island turned into a modern art site.
User rating: 91/100 (9 votes)
Visited by: 24 users
 2  Bitchu-Takahashi
Pretty town with original mountaintop castle.
User rating: 83/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 59 users
 3  Kurashiki
City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
User rating: 79/100 (308 votes)
Visited by: 682 users
 4  Okayama
Famous for one of Japan's three best gardens.
User rating: 75/100 (433 votes)
Visited by: 981 users
  
Hiroshima Prefecture
 1  Miyajima
Island known for its shrine and large torii gate.
User rating: 96/100 (1147 votes)
Visited by: 2153 users
 2  Hiroshima
Regional capital with a tragic history.
User rating: 89/100 (1611 votes)
Visited by: 3343 users
 3  Onomichi
Port town with many slopes and temples.
User rating: 78/100 (115 votes)
Visited by: 281 users
 4  Tomonoura
Picturesque, old-fashioned fishing town.
User rating: 78/100 (8 votes)
Visited by: 26 users
  
Yamaguchi Prefecture
 1  Akiyoshidai
Karst plateau with large limestone cave.
User rating: 82/100 (23 votes)
Visited by: 48 users
 2  Iwakuni
Site of the picturesque Kintai-kyo Bridge.
User rating: 80/100 (174 votes)
Visited by: 394 users
 3  Hagi
Castle town with preserved samurai district.
User rating: 78/100 (130 votes)
Visited by: 323 users
 4  Yamaguchi
Pleasant city at the western end of Honshu.
User rating: 73/100 (190 votes)
Visited by: 443 users
  
Tottori Prefecture
 1  Tottori
Prefectural capital known for its sand dunes.
User rating: 74/100 (109 votes)
Visited by: 280 users
 2  Mount Daisen
Tallest mountain in the Chugoku Region.
User rating: 73/100 (36 votes)
Visited by: 117 users
 
Shimane Prefecture
 1  Matsue
Former castle town near Izumo Taisha.
User rating: 81/100 (167 votes)
Visited by: 412 users
 2  Tsuwano
Rural town with nice samurai district.
User rating: 84/100 (14 votes)
Visited by: 34 users
 3  Iwami Ginzan
Former silver mine with world heritage status.
User rating: 76/100 (37 votes)
Visited by: 105 users

Access and Orientation
The Chugoku Region is well connected with Tokyo and the Kansai Region by the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen. The JR Sanyo-Shikoku-Kyushu Pass and JR West Sanyo Pass can be useful for train travel along the Sanyo Coast.

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