How to get to Tsuwano

Tsuwano lies on the western edge of Shimane Prefecture just across the border of Yamaguchi Prefecture. It is geographically closer to Yamaguchi City than to its own prefectural capital at Matsue.

The typical tourist approaches from the south via Yamaguchi or from the east via Matsue and Izumo. A visit to Tsuwano is also often combined with a visit to Hagi in the northwest.

By train from Yamaguchi (how to get to Yamaguchi)

Limited express trains make three round trips daily between Tsuwano and Shin-Yamaguchi stations (60 minutes, about 2500 yen one way), stopping at Yamaguchi Station along the way (50 minutes, about 2500 yen one way). Slightly less infrequent local trains make the same trip in about 100 minutes and usually require a transfer of trains at Yamaguchi Station. The one way fare is 1140 yen.

The SL Yamaguchi steam locomotive makes one round trip per day between Shin-Yamaguchi and Tsuwano Stations on weekends and national holidays between March and early November. Seat reservations have to be made in advance. The one way trip takes about two hours and the reserved seat costs 520 yen in addition to the local train fare.

All the above mentioned trains are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

From Hagi (how to get to Hagi)

Bocho Bus operates about five buses daily between Tsuwano and Hagi (100 minutes, 2190 yen one way). The buses are not covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

Alternatively, Tsuwano and Higashi-Hagi stations are connected by trains, requiring a transfer at Masuda Station along the way (1660 yen one way). The Japan Rail Pass covers the full trip, but connections are infrequent, and the journey typically takes three hours or more.

By train from Matsue (how to get to Matsue)

Direct limited express trains make three round trips daily between Matsue and Tsuwano, stopping at Izumo along the way. The one way trip takes around three hours and 6000 yen from Matsue or about 2.5 hours and 5500 yen from Izumo. The trip can also be done by local trains via Masuda Station (about 3.5 hours, 3350 yen one way from Matsue, one connection every 1-2 hours). All trains are fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.

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Orientation

Tsuwano is best explored on foot or by bicycle. Most of the town's attractions are within a 30 minutes walk from Tsuwano Station. Bicycle rental shops can be found around Tsuwano Station (typically open from 8:00 to 17:00). Rental fees are about 500 yen for two hours or 800 yen for the entire day.