Knowing Japan【Chugoku】

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Knowing Japan【Chugoku】


Location and geography of Chugoku area

Chugoku Region (Chugoku chihou) is located in the west part of Honshu.

It consists of Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, and Yamaguchi prefectures. Some people call the area at the Sea of Japan side as the San'in region, and the area at the Seto Inland Sea side as the Sanyo region.

The Sanin and Sanyo climates are very different, the Sanin area has the climate unique to the area around the Sea of Japan, with snow in the winter, and the Sanyo area around the Seto Inland Sea has dry climate with little rain throughout the year. In the western part such as Yamaguchi Prefecture and Hiroshima prefecture, the rainy season is susceptible to the influence of warm air and humidity, which can bring heavy rain.

Important things in Chugoku area

Izumo Taisha

This shrine is famous for the god of marriage, gentleness and healing, and is well known as a "power spot".

In recent years, this shrine has been loved by many foreign tourists.

Itsukushima shrine

It is the main shrine of the Itsukushima shrine with about 500 shrines nationwide.

It is registered as 'Itsukushima Shinto Shrine' in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.

It is standing in Hiroshima Bay, wrapped in a mysterious atmosphere in the evening, and is well known as one of the 3 best sceneries in Japan.


It is a Japanese food made of boiled beans with sugar.

Rice cakes and white rice dumplings, often served with sweet and sour chestnuts.

In Japan, various arrangements have been added and this food is widely popular.