Sunset Views of Miyajima Island (Hiroshima Prefecture)
Chugoku Region is the western most part of the main island of Honshu in Japan. Unlike the Chubu Region where the Japanese Alps run from south to north, the mountain range in the Chugoku Region runs from east to west. This created an interesting geography of the Chugoku Region, with the southern part facing the Seto Inland sea and the northern part facing the Japan Sea. The southern part is usually the sunny part of the Region so it is called the Sanyo (sunny) Region and the northern part is usually the shady part of the Region, so it is called the Sanin (Shady) Region.
Chugoku which in Japanese means "middle country" also is used to refer to the country of China. Chugoku Region consists of five prefectures. They are Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tattori and Yamaguchi.
Chugoku Region is serviced by various Limited Express trains which mostly service locations north to south parts of the region. The east to west parts of the Region are serviced by parts of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line. Chugoku Region has some very interesting places to visit but unfortunately a lot of them are not very popular with foreign tourists. One such place is the Onomichi City, which has some very beautiful Temples and mountain tops that provide best views of the surroundings.
Strolling in Onomichi City
Hiroshima City which is probably known world wide as one of the two cities where the Atomic Bomb was dropped during the World War II. You can see various peace memorials, commemorating this bombing in Hiroshima. The Miyajima Island, south of Hiroshima City is one of the most beautiful places to visit and is designated as one of the three most scenic spots in Japan.
In the northern part of the Chugoku Region is the Izumo City area in the Shimane Prefecture. Izumo area is considered as the most sacred place for the ardent followers of Shintoism. Izumo area is a mystic place which is considered as the land of the Kami (Shinto Gods).
Click the link below to explore the Temples and Shrines of Chugoku Region.