Chugoku is the region that is located in the bottom part of the main island of Honshu. It consists of five prefectures of Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Shimane and Tottori.
The population of this region is about 8 million but if you count its close neighbor the island of Shikoku this total swells up to 12 million. This region is often called West Japan and is said to be the birthplace of many traditions and culturalpoints which has made Japan the unique and beautiful country to visit.
Chugoku is sometimes refered to as San-in or San-yo because of the majestic mountain range that runs through its interior and lands on the Seto Inland Sea on the Okayama, Hiroshima side and the Japan Sea on the Tottori, Shimane side with Yamaguchi prefecture touching both seas.
Hiroshima City is the largest city of this region and holds a place in most peoples memories from when it was bombed with a nuclear bomb at the end of WWII but prior to this time Hiroshima was the hub for culture and industry for West Japan.
After Hiroshima City, Okayama City and Kurashiki City make up the top three cities in West Japan and in these three locations you will find important historical sites.
Yamaguchi Prefecture lies at the bottom and has been a place where many battles were fought between clans but this rural prefecture has produced the most Prime Ministers than any other prefecture in Japan.