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Chugoku

At the south-western tip of Honshu lies the region known as Chugoku. Bounded by Seto Nakai (the Inland Sea) to the south and the Sea of Japan to the north it remains a region which is little visited by foreign tourists, offering the visitor the prospect of  an unspolt, rural Japan.

The region is one of stark contrasts with the southern coastline  - the San-yo region - predominantly an area of heavily developed residential and industrial zones whilst along its northernmost shore - the San-in region - can be found a far less developed area with few tourists and where agriculture and fishing remain the main livelihood of the locals.

Of the sights on the San-yo coast, the cities of Himeji, Hiroshima and Okayama remain the most visited. The island of Miyajima is easily accessible from Hiroshima and regarded as one of Japan’s top attractions.

The San-in coast offers the quieter, unspoilt side to Japan that many visitors don’t see. Among the attractions are Matsue with its hot springs and Hagi where a ruined castle still stands.

Chugoku actually comprises five prefectures - Hiroshima Prefecture, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori and Yamaguchi - however for the purposes of this guide we have split the region into two -the northern coast or San-in region and the southern San-yo.

 

 
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