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Western Honshu
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The main attractions of Western Honshu can be found along the coasts, particularly the Inland Sea Coast (Sanyo) and the Japan Sea Coast (Sanin). The shiny white walls of Himeji Castle dominate the city of Himeji. Also known as the ‘White Heron Castle’, it is the best-preserved and most stunning castle in Japan.

The attractive city of Okayama is famous for its black castle and the Korakuen Stroll Garden, thought to be 1 of the 3 most attractive in the country. Nearby is the pottery town of Bizen and beautifully preserved Kurashiki with its historic merchants’ quarter, now housing many museums and craft galleries.

Further west, Hiroshima hit by the world’s 1st atomic bomb during World War II but has risen from the ashes to become a thriving cosmopolitan city. The Peace Memorial Park and Museum commemorate the bombing. Nearby is the striking island of Miyajima, its popular red Shinto torii gateway appears to float on the sea at high tide. Itsukushima Shrine, the cable car up the central mountain for panoramic views and the tame deer are all popular attractions.

Iwakuni is famous for its 5-arched bridge while Hagi, situated on the western Japan Sea Coast, is well known for its pottery and will fascinate history buffs. The sand dunes of Tottori, ancient Izumo Taisha Shrine and the well-known coastal panorama of Amanohashidate are the most famous sites along this northern coastline.