41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

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41 days in Shimane Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly + Drive:  41​h
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
— 11 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  40​h
End: Buenos Aires


Tsuwano-cho ©
Get some historical perspective at Otome Mountain Path Maria Cathedral and Tsuwano Catholic Church. Anno Art Museum and Tsuwano Castle are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tsuwano-cho online travel planner .

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Tsuwano-cho is an approximately 41-hour flight. The time zone changes from Argentine Time (ART) to Japan Standard Time (JST), which is usually a 12 hour difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in January, with highs in Tsuwano-cho at 9°C and lows at 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Hamada.

Things to do in Tsuwano-cho

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums
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Tsuwano Castle ©
Tsuwano Castle
Anno Art Museum ©
Anno Art Museum
Tsuwano Catholic Church ©
Tsuwano Catholic Church


Hamada ©
Hamada is a city located in Shimane Prefecture, Japan. Visit Mochiishi Seacoast and Iwami Tatamigaura Beach for some beach relaxation. Get some cultural insight at Manpukuji Temple and Shimane Prefectural Iwami Art Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hamada: Mizuho Highland (in Ohnan-cho) and Masuda (Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine, Kakinomoto Shrine, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Aquas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ryuunji Temple, and go for a walk through Misumi Obira Zakura.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Hamada online trip planner .

You can drive from Tsuwano-cho to Hamada in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Oda.

Things to do in Hamada

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Masuda, Mizuho Highland
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Mizuho Highland ©
Mizuho Highland
Manpukuji Temple ©
Manpukuji Temple
Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art ©
Hamada Chilren's Museum of Art


Oda ©
The small town of Oda, situated in central Shimane, lies nestled in the foothills of the prefecture's tallest mountain, overlooking the scenic coastline of the Sea of Japan.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and Omori Town Exchange Center. Relax by the water at Kotogahama Beach and Yunotsu Coast. Step out of Oda with an excursion to Gonokawa River in Gotsu--about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: test the waters at a local thermal spa, take in the awesome beauty at Daisen-Oki National Park Mt. Sambe, see the interesting displays at Nima Sand Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of 500 Luohans.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Oda trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Hamada to Oda in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 8°C in January, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Okinoshima-cho.

Things to do in Oda

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Gonokawa River
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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine ©
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
Kigami Shrine ©
Kigami Shrine
Nima Sand Museum ©
Nima Sand Museum


Okinoshima-cho ©
You'll get in some beach time at Kuniga Shores and Shiohama Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Dangyo Falls and Rosokujima. Change things up with these side-trips from Okinoshima-cho: Nishinoshima-cho (Takuhi Shrine - Takubi Shrine, Onimai Overlooking Platform, & more), Ama-cho (Akiya Beach, Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center, & more) and Oki Chibu Red Cliff (in Chibu-mura).

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Okinoshima-cho route planner.

You can drive from Oda to Okinoshima-cho in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Matsue.

Things to do in Okinoshima-cho

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Nishinoshima-cho, Ama-cho, Oki Chibu Red Cliff
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Yui Pond ©
Yui Pond
Tamawakasu Mikoto Shrine ©
Tamawakasu Mikoto Shrine
Takuhi Shrine - Takubi Shrine ©
Takuhi Shrine - Takubi Shrine


Matsue ©
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kiyomizu-dera Temple and Hinomisaki Coast. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Matsue Castle and Izumo Taisha Shrine. Venture out of the city with trips to Izumo (Hinomisaki Shrine, Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, & more), Adachi Museum of Art (in Yasugi) and Komyoji Temple (in Unnan). There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yaegaki Shrine and contemplate the waterfront views at Shinji Lake.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Matsue trip planner.

Traveling by car from Okinoshima-cho to Matsue takes 4 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Matsue can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Okuizumo-cho.

Things to do in Matsue

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Izumo, Yasugi, Unnan, Shinji Lake
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Mihonoseki ©
Karakama Shrine ©
Karakama Shrine
Kojindani Ruin ©
Kojindani Ruin


Okuizumo-cho ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Oni no Shitaburui and Okuizumo Tatara to Tokenkan. Get some cultural insight at Tanabeke Dozogun and Unshu Soroban Traditional Industry Center. Explore Okuizumo-cho's surroundings by going to Unnan (Sugaya Takadono, Kumomi Fall, & more).

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Okuizumo-cho tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Matsue to Okuizumo-cho in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Okuizumo-cho are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. On the 18th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Okuizumo-cho

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Feb 13 — 18:
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Iron History Museum ©
Iron History Museum
Oku-izumo Vineyard ©
Oku-izumo Vineyard