• A route
    • From: Hiroshima Prefecture
    • To: Shimane Prefecture
  • Date: October 29, 2020
  • My Camera: Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K
  • My Camera Lens: OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-100mm F4.0 IS PRO


Hi, My name is Ryoichi Hiraoka. I live in Hiroshima, Japan.

Hiroshima is about 679km west of Tokyo. It takes about 4 hours from Tokyo to Hiroshima by Shinkansen and about 1 hour half by airplane.

My goal is to drive all over Japan.

I hope you enjoy the atmosphere of Japanese roads and tourist spots on my Blog and my YouTube channel.

The purpose of the drive

In this article, I’ll show you a drive from Hiroshima to Shimane.

The purpose of going to Shimane is to visit World Heritage Iwami Ginzan Ruins.

Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture

The starting point is near Hiroshima University in Higashihiroshima City, Hiroshima.

Hiroshima University is a national university. It is about 1km after turning left at this intersection in the picture above.

National Route 375

I turned left and go by National Route 375. National Route 375 is a road connecting Hiroshima and Shimane prefectures. The length of the road is about 196km.

Speed Trap

A car in the oncoming lane was flickering the lights. There was a crackdown on speeding when I went a little. In this way, in Japan, cars in the oncoming lane may tell you. Is there something similar in your country?

You can see the police vehicle on the left. I continued to drive while observing the speed limit.

A Dangerous Driver

I encountered a dangerous driver here. The road here is prohibited from overtaking. I was observing the speed limit and it was never too late. There are few cars and it is easy to drive, so he will want to speed up. But it’s dangerous and it’s a violation, so it’s an act you should never do.

Miyoshi City, Hiroshima Prefecture

I’ve been driving on a country road, but this area was prosperous. This is Miyoshi City in Hiroshima Prefecture. The city next to Miyoshi City will be Shimane Prefecture. However, Shimane Prefecture is still ahead.

Narrow Roads

As you can see, there were many narrow roads on Route 375. If you rent a car in Japan and drive on this road, we recommend a small car.

Shimane Prefecture

In the tunnel

Can you see the blue sign in the middle of the picture above? It’s Shimane prefecture from here.

Beautiful Landscape

The scenery was good so I took a break here. I took some pictures.

Goodbye Route 375

Route 375 is straight, but the destination is on the left, so I turned left. I plan to drive Route 375 from end to end someday.

Parking Lot

Iwami Ginzan Park

This is a parking lot in Iwami Ginzan Park. However, the parking lot was full. After all, I decided to go to the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center. I walked from the center to here.

Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center

This is the Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center. The parking lot is large. This time I parked my car here.

This is the end of the article.

Thank you for reading it!