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How to go from Okayama to Matsue ?

The route to Adachi Museum of Art, Matsue Castle and Izumo Taisha Shrine

 travel from okayama TO matsue and cross japan by train

The Habuki Line between Okayama and Yonago crosses Japan and makes the jonction between the Sanyo Coast Line and the Sanin Coast Line. With the Limited Express Yakumo covered by the Japan Rail Pass you will discover wonderful countryside landscapes.
0 km - Okayama Station 
In Okayama, do not miss the garden Korakoen, a spacious landscape garden.

16 km - 0h11- Kurashiki Station 
The Bikan Chiku historical area, Honmachi and Higashi-machi, is 10 minutes walk from the station. Along historical streets, you will find attractive traditional buidings full of local color. These buildings have long been related to the livelihoods of the local people and include old storehouses that have remodeled into cafes, inns and bars.
Kibiji cycling with a Japan Rail Pass
26,5 km - 0h20 - Soja StationStop here to explore the Kibiji cycle road (17 km). The trail runs through many sacred places like Kibitsuhiko shrine, a national treasure.

159 km - 2h12- Yonago StationYonago was a castle town during the Edo Period. Many remnants of its long history can be found throughout the city. At the Kaike-Onsen hot spring, located 15 minutes from Yonago Station you can soak in the soothing waters from the sea.
The Adachi Museum of Art and Garden with a Japan Rail Pass
168 km - 2h20 - Yasugi StationStop here and take a shuttle bus to reach the Adachi Museum of Art and one of the most beautiful garden in Japan.
The garden consists of six themed areas, the moss garden, the dry landscape garden, the white gravel and pine garden, the pond garden, the Kikaku waterfall, and the garden of Juryu-an. They are designed to be admired from the large windows of the museum. Most of the works in the museum are paintings from the early twentieth century. You will find also traditional Japanese ceramics.
The train Yakumo with a Japan Rail Pass
188 KM - 2H35 - MATSUE STATION Matsue is also an historical town and is a good place to explore the area.









The Limited Express Yakumo
What to see in Kinosaki Onsen ?

What to see ? 
MATSUE CASTLE
The original castle was completed in 1611 and was partly reconstructed in 1642 and again in the 1950s. There isan impressive view of Matsue and Lake Shinji from the top floor. Open daily, 8:30 .am. to 5 p.m. Oct-Mar, to 6.30 p.m. Apr-Sep,¥560, 50% off for overseas visitors.

LAFCADIO HEARN MEMORIAL MUSEUM
A good collection of the author’s manuscripts and objects from his stay in Japan.The museum is next to Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence. Open daily, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct-Mar, to 6:30 p.m. Apr-Sep,¥300, 50% off for overseas visitors.

Where to stay in Kinosaki Onsen ?

Where to Stay ?

MATSUE NEW URBAN HOTEL 松江ニューアーバンホテル
A 10-minute taxi ride from JR Matsue Station is the New UrbanHotel. With a great view of Lake Shinji you can enjoy your hotspring bath overlooking the lake. Located a walkable distancefrom Matsue Castle and Samurai houses.
40-1 Nishicha-machi, Matsue-shi, Shimane, 690-0845
Tel : 08-5223-0003
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MINAMIKAN 皆美観
One of the most historical and traditionalJapanese inns in Matsue. Enjoy a beautiful view of Lake Shinjiand the Japanese garden. From JR Matsue Station, take a bus forMatsue Shinjiko Onsen bus stop. From there it is a 2-minute walk.A taxi will take about 10-15 minutes.
14 Suetsugu-Honmachi, Matsue-shi, Shimane, 690-0843
Tel : 08-5221-5131
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Where to eat in Kinosaki Onsen ?

Where to eat ?

ISSHIKIAN 一色庵 Taste Izumo Soba, the local noodles ofMatsue, at this authentic soba lunch shop. Try out the three-tiered wariko soba, topped with green onions, seaweed, andstrong soup! From the east side of Matsue Castle, head south;at the first traffic light turn right.
Open for lunch until 4 p.m., closed Tuesdays.
Tel : 08-5231-7180

AKISHIMA 明島 At this local izakaya, you can sample the freshseafood from the north coast of Japan prepared in a variety ofways. Extremely close to Matsue Station. From the north exit ofthe station, continue straight on, past the main road and take thenext left. Continue over the intersection and it will be on the left.
Open from 11.30 a.m. to 13.30 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday -5.30 p.m.to 11 p.m.Saturday and Sunday, closed Mondays.
Tel : 08-5228-2239 / matsue.mypl.net/shop/00000032252
Izumo Taisha shrine with a Japan Rail Pass
A trip to Izumo Taisha Shrine
Known troughout Japan, Izumo Taisha Shrine is one of the oldest and sacred shrine in Japan with Ise Jingu.





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