Chugoku region recommended drive course

⑧Oda and Hamada area

Driving course for Oda~Hamada~Tsuwano
The first day
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.
Various trekking courses are available, so climbers can choose the most suitable one, depending on their level.
At Iwami Winery located nearby, wines are fermented from domestic grapes. Visitors enjoy doing some shopping and visiting the factory.
Related information on the vicinity of Mt. Sanbe
Approx. 30 min.
The staying hours:Approx.1 hr.45 min.
Travelers can see the marks of chisels inside the mines which are registered as World Heritage sites, which makes them imagine how hard the miners’ working conditions were.
The townscape of Omori district near the mines still retains traditional buildings, such as samurai houses of the Edo era (1603-1868) and residences of wealthy merchants who gained profit from silver mines, including the one of the Kumagai Family. Here the historical atmosphere is well preserved.
Related information on the vicinity of Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Ruins
Approx. 15min.
The staying hours:Approx.45min.
The unique museum which features sand, time and the environment was built to protect and make full use of the precious local resource, “singing sand” of Kotogahama Beach.
There are six glass pyramid-shaped buildings of various sizes. The museum houses artworks made of sand and various kinds of sand from all over Japan and from overseas You can try some sand related hands-on experiences.
The second day
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.
The facility has a huge tank where 10,000 creatures of 400 species, such as sharks linked to the local mythology, are kept.
The performance of cute beluga whales forming bubble rings in the water is quite popular.
Related information on the vicinity of Aquas, Shimane Prefectural Aquarium
The staying hours:Approx.40min.
The shrine is nicknamed Mont Saint-Miche in the San’in Region, as the view of the approach path to the shrine changes, depending on the water level. At the highest tide, the path is under the water. No one can reach the island.
The staying hours:Approx.1hr. 30min.
The moats which stretched out along the town street keep 300-500 carps of various colors, which induces a traditional touch. In early summer, irises in full bloom are pretty.
Taikodani Inari Shinto Shrine is the most popular photo spot due to uncountable vermillion-colored torii gates, the enormous gate and the splendid main hall of vermillion color.
Related information on the vicinity of Tsuwano