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  • Izumo Oyashiro
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 195
    This is a shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, enshrining the great Okuninushi, known as a god of marriage. It is also known by its official name Izumo Oyashiro. There are several legends about the foundation of the shrine including one that says it was built as a condition for Okuninushi transferring over the land of Japan. The main shrine is designated as a national treasure, and features Japan’s oldest shrine architectural style. It is rebuilt about every 60 years. The kagura hall is famous for the largest shimenawa (sacred rope) in Japan. The magnificent row of pine trees called “Pine Baba” is designated as one of Japan’s top 100 pine spots.
  • Matsue Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5
    A flatland mountain castle located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture which was completed in 1611, the castle tower, a designated National Treasure, is said to be the only orthodox-style original castle tower still standing in Japan. Covered with black-painted siding on most of its walls, the castle is designed as a watchtower and the top floor offers a sweeping view of the city of Matsue. Relatively simple in design, a characteristic of castles built in the early Momoyama period, the castle is also known as “Chidori Castle.” The area surrounding the castle has been turned into the Matsue Jozan Park; a famous cherry blossom-viewing destination, in spring some 200 cherry trees come into bloom on the park’s grounds. The park has even been selected as one of the 100 best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.
  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 320
    An art museum located in Furukawa Town, Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture which focuses on displaying modern Japanese paintings. The museum’s collection includes master Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan’s masterpieces “Koyo” and “Ame hareru,” in addition to works by other modern Japanese painters such as Takeuchi Seiho and Hashimoto Kansetsu, in addition to ceramics by renowned artist Kitaouji Rosanjin. The museum’s exhibit is changed four times a year in line with the seasons. The museum is also famous for Japanese gardens such as the Karesansui-tei rock garden and Hakusaseisho-tei sand and pine garden, totaling some 50 thousand square meters in all. The museum’s gardens are revered around the world and they have long ranked in at number one on the American Japanese gardening magazine “Journal of Japanese Gardening’s” list of top gardens.

    数量限定のビーフシチューを食べたかったので11:20くらいに行きましたが すでに完売 ビーフカレーにしましたが 結構良い感じの美味しさで らっきょ&福神 サラダ付きです お勧めの席は待ってでも庭窓際の席 庭 池 鯉を見ながらカレーは乙な感じ

  • Yaegaki Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    393 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sakusachou 227
    This shrine in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture is famous for marriage and enshrines the gods Susano-no-mikoto and Inatahime-no-mikoto. The three-paneled Itae Chakushoku Shinzo pictures (wall painting in the honden) in the treasure storage room has been designated as an important cultural property. On the grounds are many popular spots for women, including the Meoto-sugi (coupled cryptomeria trees), Meoto-tsubaki (coupled camellia) and Kagami-no-ike (mirror pond), where the appearance of a suitable marriage partner is predicted by the speed of which a piece of Japanese paper sinks after a coin is placed on top.

    another interesting temple in japan, except penis temple & sculpture that has some special ceremony for marriage. interesting.

  • Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
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    3.5
    89 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou A) 1597-3
    This is a museum located in Omori Town, Ota City, Shimane Prefecture, introducing the history and mining technology of Iwami Silver Mine, a World Heritage site. The exhibition content is arranged in a way that is easy for both adults and children to understand, focused mainly on models, images and replicas. The permanent exhibit also features a diorama of the entire silver mine and actual silver ore that can be held. A limited guided walking tour of the mine’s largest tunnel “Okubomabu” is also popular.

    This is a great place to start the visit to silver mines, as it gives a good introduction and context. English signs are limited, but staff gave me an iPad with English explanations for everything...

  • Shimane Aquas Aquarium
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    4.5
    128 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Kushirochou 1117-2
    One of the largest aquariums in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, Aquas is the only aquarium in western Japan where you can see belugas. The aquarium has exhibits some 10 thousand creatures spanning around 400 species, including a penguin exhibit housing four species of penguins, a giant aquarium exhibit focusing on the sharks which appear in the myths of Shimane, an exhibit featuring the flying fish which are the official fish of Shimane Prefecture, and more. The aquarium’s earless seal and sea lion shows are also popular.

    This is a great place for any age! My young children loved it just as much as my husband and I. The layout is great, and there are several awesome restaurants on the grounds. Don't miss the touch...

  • Miho-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    182 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Mihonosekichoumihonoseki 608
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in mentioned in the “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki,” a book documenting local customs and culture. The shrine is the head shrine of all shrines dedicated to Kotoshironushi (Ebisu). The main shrine building, a designated National Treasure, is built in the Miho-zukuri (hiyoku taisha-zukuri) style and consists of two halls joined together. The one on the left facing the building is dedicated to Kotoshironushi, while the one on the right is dedicated to his mother, Mihotsuhime-no-mikoto. The shrine is believed to grant worshippers a variety of benefits, including not only prosperity in business but also large harvests, maritime safety, and luck in public performance. The shrine’s Aofushigaki Shinji ritual, held on April 7, and Morotebune Shinji ritual, held on December 3, are connected with the “kuni-yuzuri,” a legend relating the transfer of the rulership of Japan to the gods of Heaven, and during these times great numbers of people from around the country come to witness the events.

    The god of prosperity and music, Ebisu, libes here and so does the deity of harvest. The heading of the shrine shows an original symbol with a tubular and a sword shape for each god. Twice a day...

  • Inasanohama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukikita Inasa
    A sandy beach located about a kilometer west of the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. The beach appears in the “Kuni-yuzuri,” a legend relating the transfer of the rulership of Japan to the gods of Heaven described in ancient texts such as the “Kojiki” and the “Nihonshoki,” as well as the legend of the “Kuni-biki” written in the “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki.” Highlights include a sheer cliff where the gods Okuninushi and Takemikazuchi negotiated for the transfer of the ownership of the land; and Bentenjima, an island where the goddess Toyotama-hime is enshrined. Two famous Shinto rituals are conducted on the beach—the Shiokumi Shinji, held early on the morning of the first day of every month; and the Kamimukae no Shinji, held on the 10th of October according to the old calendar. The beach’s waters are shallow and the coast is beautiful, and many people come here in summer to swim and enjoy beach going.
  • Okuni Chaya
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 731
    Izumo is said to be the birthplace Zenzai (a Japanese sweet), and this is a popular tea house providing carefully made sweet red bean desert. They offer a delicious zenzai that is not too sweet with soft rice cake that is made from local Shimane Prefecture Nita rice and large sized red beans from Hokkaido. Many people drop in on the way back from worshipping at Izumo Taisha Shrine for not only the sweets but also meals such as Izumo soba noodles and Enmusubi (lover's) udon.
  • Izumo Soba Kizuki
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 387-1
    Enjoy Izumo soba dishes in the relaxed atmosphere of the refurbished Japanese-style room of a private house which opened in 2014 on the shrine path to the west of Izumo Taisha Shrine. The high quality domestically grown stone milled buckwheat flour is made into soba noodles carefully by hand every morning. The soba is rich in flavor and very popular. Recommended dishes include the tororo grated yam soba and soba with duck and seasonal vegetables.

    Not a fancy restaurant, therefore a great atmosphere and good soba. 賑やかな道よりすこし離れています、とても落ち着いた店内で、シンプルなメニューでゆっくり食事のできる良いお店です。

  • Lunch House Conseil
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Mita 2152-1
    In this restaurant visitors can enjoy a lunch that changes daily, set meals, noodle dishes, bowls of rice with various toppings and even karaoke in the evening. You can also enjoy turban shell on rice and turban shell curry in the bright and open-air restaurant. Reservations are necessary at night due to irregular closing, so please confirm in advance.

    I was told to try sazae-don (turban shell on rice) by the locals, so I visited this restaurant for lunch. I am not a huge fan of shellfish, but this dish was very tasty. My friends chose other...

  • Marine Thalasso Izumo
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Takichoutaki 859-1
    At this facility, visitors can enjoy a swimming pool overlooking the magnificent view of the Sea of Japan with 14 types of attractions. There are facilities for seaweed mud treatments, aerosol spa therapy as well as restaurants and visitors can also stay overnight. Rental swimmers, face towels, bath towels and sandals are available, however, it is advised to bring goggles and swimming caps when swimming in the pool.

    マリンタラソ出雲という宿泊施設併設のレストランで一般利用も可能ですが宿泊時にはオススメです。バイキング料理ですが地元の食材も多く、時期が良ければ地元で名産のイチジクを使った料理が楽しめ、品数も豊富でオススメです。

  • Okuizumo Tane Museum of Natural History
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Nitagunokuizumochou Sajiro 236-1
    This is a museum as well as providing accommodation and offers an original exhibition with the theme of the evolution of the universe and the history of life. The museum exhibits unique displays of the earth's history through a time tunnel, fossils of the ocean and dinosaurs and images of Japanese space exploration. Various accommodation plans are offered as well.
  • Okuizumo Vineyard
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kisukichoujiryou 2273-1
    "This vineyard, which manufactures and sells wine grown according to the culture of Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture, is located in about seven hectares of agricultural land called the ""Forest of Food"". Visitors can taste wine and enjoy meals and a cafe in the guesthouse. Underground, where the wine is stored, there is also a gallery exhibiting a variety of artwork such as paintings, photographs and ceramics which can be enjoyed leisurely in the calming surroundings."
  • Peony Garden Daikonshima-Honjin
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Yatsukachounyukou 441-1
    This is where visitors can enjoy viewing peony flowers and also see Tottori goldfish (Izumo nankin), known as swimming jewels and designated as a Natural Monument. The garden sells peony pot plants and Izumo nankin goldfish. Various other seasonal flowers can be enjoyed as well. The season for peonies is between mid-April to mid-May and between October and January.
  • Kappo Onsen Yurari
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hiratachou 7178
    "This 100% Natural Flowing Hot Spring is the largest in the Chugoku District, and neither warms nor adds extra water. It is a popular place situated in scenery like a Japanese garden of roughly 165 square meters in size with rock baths. It is recommended to enjoy bathing while watching the starry night sky. Visitors can also enjoy the delicious taste of Shimane seasonal produce in the Japanese-style restaurant ""Yu-an"" where both lunch and dinner are served in a serene atmosphere."

    温泉に入って、湯上りにビールを一杯飲み、その後夕食はこちらでいただきました。 入口の看板には”-御前”のようなセットメニューしかなかったので、中で聞いたら一品料理もあるとのことなので4名で利用しました。 カツカレー、海鮮丼、島根和牛、牛タン、その他1品料理を5品ほど頼み、皆でかなり飲みましたが1人2500円以内で済みました。 観光地価格としては安いと思いましたし、湯上りで気楽に立ち寄れるのが何より...

  • Tamatsukuri Onsen Foot Bath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchoutamatsukuri (Along Yu Yu River)
    This hot spring is said to be the oldest hot spring for beautiful skin in Japan. Its name is even written in Izumo Fudoki, an historic description of local culture. The water is slight in alkaline, colorless and transparent. In the spa town there are also many foot baths where the locals gather. These are covered so people can enjoy them in any kind of weather and are popular.
  • Kotogahama Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Nimachoumaji
    "This beach, called ""Kotogahama"", is famous for the legend of ""Koto Hime"" which tells the story that this coast was where the princess of the Heike family arrived after losing the battle of Dannoura, the final battle of the Genpei War. The two-kilometer-long coast line with beautiful tiny shells is famous as the sand sounds like a Japanese harp when walking on it. The beach was chosen as one of ""100 Soundscapes of Japan"" and ""Japan's 100 most beautiful beaches"" in 1996. "
  • Kotobiki Forest Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Ishiguninanchou Sami 1151
    "This is a ski resort with seven slopes catering from the beginner to advanced skiers and a snow park and family kids park. Adults and children can enjoy skiing or snowboarding. A variety of popular ski camps such as the ""Daisuke Yoshioka Ski Camp"" and ""One Night Two Day Special Lesson"" are also available."
  • Gassan Toda Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Hirosechoumachichou 752 (Yasugi City History Museum)
    The historic castle of the Amago clan, considered impregnable due to its size, was said to be one of the strongholds of the Warring States Period. In 2006 is was selected as one of the top 100 Castles in Japan. It is also famous as the castle where warlord Yamanaka Shikanosuke came from. There are also statues of Amago Tsunehisa and Shikanosuke in the grounds and it is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.

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What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan’s oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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