Japan Drive Route Guide

Area
Chugoku&Shikoku
Travel Period
3D2N
Route
683
Overview
Start
Kurashiki
Goal
Kurashiki
Way
return_trip
Travel Pace
busy
Distance
500 km
Rank
Highway fee
¥ 3,840
About this route
This driving route is 3 days and 2 nights that starts in Kurashiki and drives clockwise around Tottori and Matsue on the Sea of Japan side. The driving distance is about 600km in total or about 200km per day. In three days, you can travel across the Chugoku Mountains and visit various attractions such as the sea, sand dune, and historical cities. However, it does not include a consecutive stay in the same city, and due to long driving distance and many sightseeing spots, the travel pace is busy. If you are an Onsen lover, you can stay inns with Onsen at both Tottori and Matsue. Especially Tamatsukuri Onsen in Matsue where it is nationally famous for its beauty skin onsen. The highlight of this route is "Tottori Sand Dune", "Adachi Museum of Art", and "Matsue Castle". Recommended food on this route is snow crab in Tottori and Seabream rice in Matsue. You also can enjoy a variety of flowers in each season. In spring, you can enjoy panoramic views of cherry blossom, tulips, poppy, and more. And in autumn, you can enjoy salvia, cosmos, and amazing autumn-colored leaves at many sightseeing spots. Our daily driving map will recommend to you only the spots where is the best timing to visit.

Kurashiki

sightseeing
19 632 049*68
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Tottori

sightseeing
125 613 532*73
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Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art

sightseeing
390 126 432*25
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Ishitani Residence

sightseeing
390 643 724*71
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Tottori Sand Dunes

sightseeing
125 733 834*31
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Tottori Toshogu shrine (Ochidani Park)

seasonal_spot
125 584 499*81
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Tofu Chikuwa no Sato Chimura

restaurant
125 310 786
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Oenosato Natural Farm

restaurant
125 075 315
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Nagashibina Doll Museum

sightseeing
125 009 707*46
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Tsubame Coffee

restaurant
390 818 118*30
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Ishitani Residence

sightseeing
390 643 724*71
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Mitakien

restaurant
390 742 356*83
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Koiyamagata Station

sightseeing
390 618 294*37
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Hayama 2nd Tunnel

sightseeing
236 195 637*38
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Fukiya Old Village

sightseeing
236 371 883*28
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Bitchu Kokubunji Temple

seasonal_spot
19 874 247*74
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Soba Cafe Kiraku

restaurant
390 127 387*82
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Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art

sightseeing
390 126 432*25
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Gelato Daigo Sakura

restaurant
235 673 493*44
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Ikurado Cave

sightseeing
236 618 720*37
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Japan Museum of Contemporary Toy & Hall of Music Box

sightseeing
233 541 772*44
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Pizzaria La gita

restaurant
390 126 368*02
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Tsuyama Castle

seasonal_spot
153 495 838*76
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Nippon Rent a Car Kurashiki Station branch

rental_car
19 632 763*83
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Nippon Rent a Car Okayama Station East Exit branch

rental_car
19 890 171*03
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Tottori

sightseeing
125 613 532*73
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Matsue

sightseeing
163 501 408
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Kurayoshi Shirakabe Storehouses town

sightseeing
189 654 338*57
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Kagikake Pass Observatory

sightseeing
252 351 127
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Adachi Museum of Art

sightseeing
109 158 324
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Tottori Sand Dunes

sightseeing
125 733 834*31
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The Sand Museum

sightseeing
125 733 562
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Karoichi fish market

restaurant
125 696 808*68
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Sanbutsuji Temple

sightseeing
Check Description
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Tottori Nijisseiki Pear Museum

sightseeing
189 655 283*11
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Kurayoshi Shirakabe Storehouses town

sightseeing
189 654 338*57
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Taikyuji Station Ruins

sightseeing
189 403 720*13
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Kagikake Pass Observatory

sightseeing
252 351 127
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Daisen Makiba Milk no sato

restaurant
252 436 829
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Tottori Prefectural Flower Park

seasonal_spot
252 336 270
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Uomidai Observatory Deck

sightseeing
345 677 461
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Hachibei

restaurant
189 777 213*50
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Ishitani Seikado

restaurant
189 685 176*77
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Kurayoshi Figure Museum

sightseeing
189 653 094*11
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Kimen Lookout Rest Area

sightseeing
252 265 689*44
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Gosho Aoyama Manga Factory

sightseeing
189 886 413*10
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Adachi Museum of Art

sightseeing
109 158 324
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Matsue Castle

sightseeing
163 501 408
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Eshima Ohashi Bridge&Eel restaurant Yamamise

sightseeing
109 638 394*71
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Yuushien Garden

sightseeing
109 546 615
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Lake Shinji

sightseeing
163 441 218*51
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Minami

restaurant
163 471 834*35
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Waraku

restaurant
163 472 445*83
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Matsue

sightseeing
163 501 408
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Kurashiki

sightseeing
19 632 049*68
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Yuushien Garden

sightseeing
109 546 615
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Kamba Falls

sightseeing
387 412 095*15
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Fukiya Old Village

sightseeing
236 371 883*28
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Kamba Falls

sightseeing
387 412 095*15
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Ikurado Cave

sightseeing
236 618 720*37
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Gelato Daigo Sakura

restaurant
235 673 493*44
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Mizushima Observatory

sightseeing
19 304 753
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Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter

sightseeing
19 632 049*68
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Fukiya Old Village

sightseeing
236 371 883*28
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Hayama 2nd Tunnel

sightseeing
236 195 637*38
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Yonago Waterbirds Sanctuary

seasonal_spot
109 409 044*38
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Daisenji Enryuin Temple

sightseeing
252 498 323*80
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Nishikura

restaurant
235 878 816*48
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Gaisen Zakura Street

seasonal_spot
387 608 597*78
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Ichifuku

restaurant
189 093 023*85
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GREENable HIRUZEN&Joyful Park

sightseeing
189 121 469
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Adachi Museum of Art

sightseeing
109 158 324
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Matsue Castle

sightseeing
163 501 408
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Eshima Ohashi Bridge&Eel restaurant Yamamise

sightseeing
109 638 394*71
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Yuushien Garden

sightseeing
109 546 615
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Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography

sightseeing
252 487 439
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Nippon Rent a Car Kurashiki Station branch

rental_car
19 632 763*83
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Nippon Rent a Car Okayama Station East Exit branch

rental_car
19 890 171*03
Location Guide Page
Day. 1Kurashiki to Tottori
On this day you will head from Kurashiki to Tottori. The mileage is about 170km. Because of the long driving, it is recommended to drive on the expressway when GPS advises it. First, let's head to Nagi town. From Kurashiki, let's take express way to here. Since it is a 120km long drive, take a break along the way. There is a nice gelato shop to stop by. "Nagi Museum Of Contemporary Art(奈義町現代美術館)" is run by a small town but it's very impressive. There are nice pizzerias and a Soba noodle shop around the museum which is nice for lunch. The next destination is an unknown traditional mansion "Ishitani Residence(石谷家住宅)". You will be impressed by the huge house and breathtakingly beautiful garden. Because of the long-distance, it is hard to reach the Tottori Sand Dune which is the symbol of Tottori before sunset. It is recommended to visit next day onwards. Along this route, there are some of the best places to see flowers. Especially, cherry blossom in April and cosmos in October and are worth visiting. Only the spots which are in good timing to visit during your travel will appear.
Rent a car at Kurashiki
If you want to rent or return your car in Kurashiki, the below branches are recommended. Please choose the one which is suitable for your itinerary. [1]Kurashiki Station-倉敷駅前営業所 If you want to stay or enjoy sightseeing in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this branch is convenient. From/to Kurashiki Station, it is 250m and takes 3 min on foot. From / to Historical quarter, it is 800m and takes 10 min on foot. [2]Okayama Station East Exit-岡山駅東口営業所 Shinkansen doesn't stop at Kurashiki station. If you want to take Shinkansen(Bullet train), you need to rent or return your car at Okayama station and it is the most convenient branch. From/to "Okayma Station", it is 450m and takes 5 min on foot.
Stay at Tottori
On this day, you will stay in Tottori(鳥取) city, which is the prefectural capital of Tottori prefecture. [Location and type of accommodation] Many inns are concentrated on the northern side of Tottori Station. Most of the accommodations here are 2 to 4-star western-style hotels. If you want to stay Japanese Ryokan with Onsen, there are a few Ryokans aside from the "Koyamaike Pond(湖山池)", about 7km west of Tottori city. [Meal Plan for reservation] Many restaurants are open until midnight around the hotel, so you can freely choose from Tottori's specialties to reasonably priced restaurants for dinner. Additionally, there are Karoichi fish market 15 minutes away from Tottori station and it is a good idea to have breakfast there. Therefore. it is recommended to book your hotel with a plan with breakfast only or without meals. [Parking] Some hotels do not have parking lots, so be sure to book a hotel with a parking lot. Normally, the parking fee will be charged separately in addition to the room rate. Please remember that if the parking lot is full, you will be instructed to park in a public paid parking lot, so please be careful.
Day. 2Tottori to Matsue
On this day you will head from Tottori to Matsue. The mileage is about 150km. If you haven't visited "Tottori Sand Dune(鳥取砂丘)" the biggest highlight of Tottori prefecture yet, visit first. After 1 hour of driving from Tottori, the first destination is "Kurayoshi Shirakabe Storehouses town(倉吉白壁土蔵群)". You can enjoy strolling in a nice atmosphere with old storehouses. There are some restaurants and it is a good idea to have lunch here. The pear museum and figure museum are 5 minutes away by car and recommended to visit too. After that, let's head in Mt. Daisen's direction. "Kagikake Pass Observatory(鍵掛峠展望台)" is the best observatory around the mountain and the autumn-colored leaves during the autumn season are really wonderful and must-visit. The last and most recommended spot on this day is "Adachi Museum(足立美術館) " where it is known for its best award-winning garden. It has been named the best garden in Japan annually since 2003 by the "Journal of Japanese Gardening". Even if you are not very interested in Japanese gardens, it is highly recommended to visit.
Stay at Matsue
On this day, you will stay in Matsue city, the capital of Shimane Prefecture. There are 2 areas to stay. [Location and type of accommodation] Most of the inns are concentrated in the following two areas. [1]Matsue downtown(松江市街) The area is located between Matsue Station and Matsue Castle. Most of the accommodations here are 3-star western-style hotels and more reasonable prices than accommodations in Tamatsukuri Onsen. [2]Tamatsukuri Onsen(玉造温泉) It is a large hot spring resort located about 8 km southwest of the center of Matsue City. It is nationally famous for its hot spring water for beautiful skin, and most of the accommodations here are 4-5star Japanese Ryokans. [Meal Plan for reservation] [1]Matsue downtown Many restaurants are open until midnight around the hotel. [2]Tamatsukuri Onsen There are few restaurants and be sure to make a reservation with a plan that includes dinner and breakfast. You can enjoy a Japanese Kaiseki-style dinner. [Parking] [1]Matsue downtown Some hotels do not have parking lots, so be sure to book a hotel with a parking lot. Normally, the parking fee will be charged separately in addition to the room rate. [2]Tamatsukuri Onsen Most of the accommodations have their own free parking.
Day. 3Matsue to Kurashiki
On this day you will head from Matsue to Kurashiki. The mileage is about 180km. Because of long driving, it is recommended to drive on the expressway when GPS advises it. If you haven't been to the "Matsue Castle(松江城)" yet, it is recommended to visit first. First, let's head to "Yushien Garden(由志園)". It is famous for its peony festival, but even during other times of the year, the individual Japanese gardens are a must-see. Then, let's drive across the Eshima Ohashi bridge and drive to "Kamba Falls(神庭の滝)". From December to March, you may be able to meet wild monkeys. After that, it's a bit of a detour, but "Fukiya Old Village(吹屋ふるさと村)" is recommended. You can stroll a small old village with red color rood charming houses. After about 60km, 1 hour and a half driving from Fukiya village, you will reach the last and the best highlight of this day, "Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter(倉敷美観地区)" in Kurashiki city, where you will stay. It is by far the most beautiful and huge historical area, and it takes about 2-3 hours to walk around. Additionally, most of the shops close around 18:00. Then, please plan your schedule.
Return a car at Kurashiki
If you want to rent or return your car in Kurashiki, the below branches are recommended. Please choose the one which is suitable for your itinerary. [1]Kurashiki Station-倉敷駅前営業所 If you want to stay or enjoy sightseeing in Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter, this branch is convenient. From/to Kurashiki Station, it is 250m and takes 3 min on foot. From / to Historical quarter, it is 800m and takes 10 min on foot. [2]Okayama Station East Exit-岡山駅東口営業所 Shinkansen doesn't stop at Kurashiki station. If you want to take Shinkansen(Bullet train), you need to rent or return your car at Okayama station and it is the most convenient branch. From/to "Okayma Station", it is 450m and takes 5 min on foot.

Check Other 3D2N Chugoku&Shikoku Route

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681KurashikiKurashikireturn_triprelaxing420 km¥ 3,840check
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684HiroshimaHiroshimareturn_tripbusy550 km¥ 5,080check
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