Having had a wonderful 3 weeks driving trip covering Chugoku and Shikoku in spring, we are returning in autumn Nov, for a focused tour of Yamaguchi. We like it relaxing with ryokan stays, and keeping to an economical budget on hotel and food, but eating local food is a must. Our itineary:
2N Iwakuni (pickup car)
4N Shimonoseki (to eat lots at Karato Market)
2N Nagato in Onsen ryokan
2N Tsuwano in Onsen ryokan
2N in Yuda Onsen
2N in farm outside Hofu
1N Iwakuni (to return car and take bus/train to Hiroshima airport)
We fly into Hiroshima about 9 am and hope to take bus or train to Iwakuni, where after 2 nites, we will get rental car for the rest of the trip. We reckon touring by train/bus will be troublesome due to our lack of Japanese’s linguistic skills, and car will give us flexibility to scout for nice eateries in the countryside. We hope to manage toll fees by taking the longer country roads that will be more scenic and interesting. Hopefully,free carparking is available at the various sights. We are not keen on temples and shrines.
1. Is our itineary ok?
2. What is the cheapest way to get from Hiroshima airport to Iwakuni? Any risk in leaving Iwakuni on same day as our flight ex Hiroshima at 3pm?
3. At Shimonoseki where we have 4 nites, any itineary to fill the time?
4. Our 6 nites of ryokan stay all includes breakfast and dinner. Would we get better deal on meals if we eat in the restaurants in town?
Really appreciate any advice, especially from destination experts. Thank you in advance!