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Chugoku

  • The large Shinto gate of Itsukushima, Chugoku, Japan
The large Shinto gate of Itsukushima
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Priority: Midd
Location Type: Region
South-westernmost Honshu, a rural region best known for the cities of Hiroshima and Okayama.
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Wikipedia - Chūgoku region

map of Japan with Chugoku Region highlighted

The Chūgoku region (中国地方 Chūgoku-chihō) or San'in-San'yō region (山陰山陽地方 San'in san'yō-chihō) is the westernmost region of Honshū, the largest island of Japan. It consists of the prefectures of Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane, Tottori, and Okayama. The name literally means "middle country", a relic of a historical division of Japan into "near countries" (近国 kingoku, but in modern parlance Kinki), "middle countries" (chūgoku), and "far countries" (遠国 ongoku), based on distance from the capital Nara or Kyoto. Strictly speaking, today's Chūgoku covers only the middle countries to the west of Kyoto, along the San'indō (山陰道) and San'yōdō (山陽道) roads. ... read more

Wikitravel - Chūgoku

map of Chugoku

Chūgoku (中国) is the westernmost part of the main Japanese island Honshu. Aside from Hiroshima, most of Chugoku is probably well off the beaten track for a brief visit to Japan; but if time permits, you'll find a region full of memorable sights and experiences, and a side of Japan that's completely unlike the better-known destinations in Kansai and Kanto. ... read more

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