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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: 82/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 57 users
 3  Kurashiki
City with a picturesque, historic canal area.
User rating: 79/100 (307 votes)
Visited by: 676 users
 4  Okayama
Famous for one of Japan's three best gardens.
User rating: 75/100 (430 votes)
Visited by: 969 users
  
Hiroshima Prefecture
 1  Miyajima
Island known for its shrine and large torii gate.
User rating: 96/100 (1137 votes)
Visited by: 2133 users
 2  Hiroshima
Regional capital with a tragic history.
User rating: 89/100 (1591 votes)
Visited by: 3296 users
 3  Tomonoura
Picturesque, old-fashioned fishing town.
User rating: 80/100 (7 votes)
Visited by: 22 users
 4  Onomichi
Port town with many slopes and temples.
User rating: 78/100 (115 votes)
Visited by: 276 users
  
Yamaguchi Prefecture
 1  Akiyoshidai
Karst plateau with large limestone cave.
User rating: 82/100 (21 votes)
Visited by: 42 users
 2  Iwakuni
Site of the picturesque Kintai-kyo Bridge.
User rating: 80/100 (171 votes)
Visited by: 384 users
 3  Hagi
Castle town with preserved samurai district.
User rating: 77/100 (128 votes)
Visited by: 320 users
 4  Yamaguchi
Pleasant city at the western end of Honshu.
User rating: 73/100 (189 votes)
Visited by: 437 users
  
Tottori Prefecture
 1  Tottori
Prefectural capital known for its sand dunes.
User rating: 74/100 (107 votes)
Visited by: 273 users
 2  Mount Daisen
Tallest mountain in the Chugoku Region.
User rating: 72/100 (35 votes)
Visited by: 113 users
 
Shimane Prefecture
 1  Matsue
Former castle town near Izumo Taisha.
User rating: 81/100 (166 votes)
Visited by: 408 users
 2  Tsuwano
Rural town with nice samurai district.
User rating: 85/100 (13 votes)
Visited by: 31 users
 3  Iwami Ginzan
Former silver mine with world heritage status.
User rating: 76/100 (37 votes)
Visited by: 104 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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