The Chugoku Area is the western part of Honshu, the main island, and is made up of
five prefectures: Yamaguchi,
Shimane, Hiroshima, Tottori and Okayama. It is connected by bridges
with both Shikoku to the south and Kyushu
to the west. It is divided by the Chugoku Mountains, which run
east to west, into the San-in region facing the Sea of Japan and the San-yo
region facing the Inland Sea. Tourists in the San-in region visit its National Parks and
onsen (hot springs). The San-yo region is largely industrial but has
a mild climate and several areas of interest to the visitor.
San-in | San-yo
The major cities in the area are Hiroshima, Okayama and Kurashiki.
Though frequently hit and damaged by typhoons, Miyajima Island near Hiroshima is
one of the most famous and visited spots in Japan.
The area also boasts one of Japan's finest gardens, towns famous
for their pottery, huge sand dunes, castles, many regional delicacies
and much more.