Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Shimane Area

  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    1033 Reviews
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    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.

    One of the most beautiful formats for a gallery, mixing framed views of perfect, unscaleable Japanese garden design with traditional exhibitions of more recent Japanese artists from 19th and 20th...

  • Shimane Art Museum
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    4.0
    286 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 1-5
    An art museum which first opened in 1999. Located in Sodeshi Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, the Shimane Art Museum is one of the largest in the San’in region. A modern structure standing on the bank of Lake Shinji, the museum’s theme is an “art museum which harmonizes with water.” The museum’s collection consists of outstanding works of art in every genre, including paintings, sculptures, crafts, and photographs; the museum also displays numerous artworks which make use of water. The museum’s entrance lobby has giant windows facing Lake Shinji, and the view of the setting sun from here is spectacular (visitors may enter the entrance lobby free of charge).

    First the architecture of the museum in front of the lac is amazing. Inside permanent exhibition has very important western and japanese master piece as an enormous sculpture Victor Hugo by Rodin...

  • Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
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    4.0
    112 Reviews
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    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.

    I spent 6 hours to go around the village and the former mining place. The village has 405 residents. The mining activities started from 1300s until 1900s. If you just look into that statistics and...

  • Matsue History Museum
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    4.0
    122 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 279
    This is a history museum in the east of Matsue Castle, and is a facility to introduce the history and culture of the Matsue castle town. The building is deeply influenced by the samurai residence style, and houses the national treasures “Matsue Castle Tower Prayer Notes.” The standard exhibit features original items and video materials connected to the Matsue domain and the lives and livelihoods in the castle town. At the building’s high-grade Japanese fresh confections teahouse “Kissa Kiharu,” on top of enjoying tea while looking out over the castle tower and gardens, one can watch the work of artisan Tsugio Itami. Alight at JR Matsue Station and take the municipal bus to Shiomi Nawate.

    Interesting display of History of Matsue. Go and request for the audio guide so you would be able to understand fully what the display shows

  • Shinjiko Shijimikan
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    3.5
    62 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Chidorichou 36
    This center provides a variety of information regarding the Japanese basket clams grown in Lake Shinji and is situated in the center of Matsue Shinji-ko Hot Springs. The facility includes a direct sales market selling fresh clams and famous confectionery from well-known Matsue shops. There is also free footbath of 100% water from the hot springs of Lake Shinji, Matsue, and is a great place to visit.

    宍道湖側の入り口横には足湯があります。店内は土産物でお客さんも入っていました。上沼恵美子の番組で紹介され、お土産上位に入ったと宣伝していたこのうにのり。びんの上にうにが、したにのりがあり美味しそうで購入しました、594円。足湯も興味があります。

  • Nima Sand Museum
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Nimachouamagouchi 975
    "This is a museum that displays the largest hourglass in the world. There is also a replica of a sand calendar, art works of sand objects as well as a science corner where there is a singing sand map of the world and sand samples from around the world. Many events are held and visitors can also experience glass craft. Many people visit on the 31st of December for the ""Time Festival"". "

    We bumped to this museum when passing by. It has kind of high entrance fee (700 yen / person). It is devoted to singing send and sendglasses which might be kind of interesting but there is no...

  • Anno Art Museum
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    4.5
    41 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda A) 60-1
    This art museum features exhibits dedicated to famous Tsuwano-born illustrator Mitsumasa Anno, recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award and recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit. The exhibit building has an impressive design, with white plaster walls and a red-tiled roof. Works such as “Tsuwano, Washibara” and “The Picture Book of Geocentric Theory” are rotated on a three-month basis. There’s also a planetarium on-site as well as a space with a recreation of Anno’s home and atelier. A separate building contains a library and other facilities. The nearest station is Tsuwano Station.

    こんなにも沢山の絵が見られるとは思いませんでした。どの絵を見ても、暖かくて気持ちのいいタッチで描かれていて、童話の世界に引き込まれそうな、そんな印象です。奥で安野光雅の記録ビデオが見られます。

  • Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Sonochou 1659-5
    Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius is an experiential-learning type aquarium that showcases the plants and animals that live in Lake Shinji, Nakaumi Lagoon and Shimane Prefecture’s rivers. In all, there are around 10,000 organisms belonging to approximately 200 different species. There is plenty for visitors to see, with diorama tanks that recreate the habitat of the rivers that flow into Lake Shinji and Nakaumi Lagoon, touch pools where visitors can interact with living creatures, etc. There are regular special events, including feeding sessions where museum staff members provide an educational commentary as they feed the exhibits. Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius attracts large numbers of visitors (particularly families) throughout the year.

    Very nice nature center. Well kept building and grounds. Does a nice job of teaching about area wildlife. Has interactive stations. Everyone in our family enjoyed it.

  • Shimane Prefectural IWAMI ART MUSEUM
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
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    Shimane Masuda-shi Ariakecho 5-15
    An art museum that's part of the Shimane Arts Center's Grand Toit, a facility for culture and the arts in the Iwami area. The venue holds high-quality thematic exhibits from its permanent collection, as well as a range of special exhibitions covering a variety of fields, workshops, and lectures to deepen understanding of the arts. Made with 280,000 tough and durable locally produced Sekishu-gawara roofing tiles, it's a landmark that harmonizes with the surrounding natural environment. It's next to the Iwami Art Theater, built for the appreciation and creation of the arts. The courtyard connects the museum and the theater and is a nice break spot for visitors.

    実家が近く年に1度訪れています。 様々な企画展や催しも良いものが多いですが、建物だけでも一見の価値あり。 益田観光の際にはぜひ。

  • Wakou Museum
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi Yasugicho 1058
    This museum presents the achievements and life of metallurgy pioneer Professor Kuniichi Tawara through exhibits discussing his research and results and displays containing writings, lecture notes, and other items used by the man. The professor achieved many things in life, including being the first person to do on-site studies of tatara foot-operated smelting furnaces, a time-honored Japanese technique which had long been kept a closely-guarded secret; and revealing the mysteries behind the beauty of Japanese swords.

    学芸員の話が面白かったという書き込みを見て、わざわざ電話で学芸員に解説をお願いしたが・・・(溜息) 学芸員「永代タタラは、15世紀の江戸時代から始まりました」 え?15世紀は江戸時代じゃないんですけど・・・。中学生レベルの間違いを犯すようないい加減さに愕然。わざわざ行くほどの事はないかも、です。

  • Yasugi-bushi Entertainment Hall
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 534
    The Yasugi-bushi Entertainment Hall is an exhibition hall for Yasugi-bushi, a folk song adored all across the country, as well as an arts theater for live performance in the hall with gallery seats. There is also a souvenir shop with notable Yasugi products and a restaurant that offers loach cuisine, so there are plenty of ways to enjoy this location. Approximately 15 minutes by car via the Yasugi Interchange on the San-in Expressway.

    島根観光1日目。足立美術館が目的だけど、昼食に名物のを食べようと、どじょう屋さんに行こうとしたら美術館の隣でした。レストランに向かう前にすぐに公演が始まるからと呼び込まれて入りました。ステージはなかなか立派でつづみと三味線、太鼓による演奏と歌い手による民謡。躍りもどじょうすくいだけでなく何種もあり、素人さんではない演芸をしっかり楽しみました...

  • The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art
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    4.5
    18 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoufukudomi 330
    Located in the middle of the Izumo Plain, The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art is Japan's only museum dedicated to the art of quilting. The exhibits are displayed in a traditional Izumo-style farmhouse building that was constructed 200 years ago. The four exhibition zones, the exhibits in which are changed every season, provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy viewing works by Ms. Mutsuko Yawatagaki (one of the most renowned artists of Japanese style quilting), as well as Ikebana (flower arrangements), Shitsurai (seasonal and ritual decorations), etc. The Museum also has a tea-house, café, and museum shop.

    This museum is well kept and staffed with very friendly people. The art is excellent though not enough on display. The setup is perfect to show off the quilts. However it is a long way from...

  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum
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    4.5
    16 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Nitagunokuizumochou Yokota 1380-1
    The Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum has exhibitions on the history of the Tatara (traditional Japanese steelmaking method) in recent centuries and on the Nittoho Tattara (a Tatara steel-making furnace which was established in 1977 to ensure a reliable supply of the type of steel needed for making traditional Japanese swords), along with displays of swords made using traditional Tamahagane steel. Videos and replicas are used to explain the steelmaking process in an easy-to-understand way, making this a good museum to bring the kids to. Mr. Kobayashi, a sword-smith based in Okuizumo, gives demonstrations of traditional Japanese steel-forging and sword-making techniques twice a month, which are well worth seeing.

    I went on a tour run by a cruise ship, which provided an English translator which was very valuable as the museum was entirely in Japanese. We had a demonstration of the production of the tamahagane...

  • Shimane Aquas Aquarium
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    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.
  • The Tanabe Museum of Art
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    3.5
    16 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 310-5
    This museum is located in Shiominawate in the traditional Bikan-chiku (beautiful site area) of Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. It was opened in 1979 by Tanabe Choemon (Tomoyuki), who was the Land and Forest minister for Okuizumo Town and also served as governor of Shimane Prefecture. The collection and exhibits focus on items related to the 23 generations of the Tanabe family. There are also several items associated with the seventh leader of the Matsue clan, Matsudaira Fumai, who was a famous tea master. The collection includes Rakuzan-yaki ware, Fujina-yaki ware, and other tea ceremony-related items. Visitors can enjoy some matcha tea and Japanese sweets in the tea room.

    Tanabe seems a rather neglected museum - even though it is set on the best street in Matsue, next door to Lafcadio Hearn’s house & Buke Yashiki, a middle-ranking Samurai residence. It’s right...

  • The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt Sanbe - Sahimel
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Sambechou Tane 1121-8
    At this well-equipped facility visitors can view planned exhibitions and a planetarium. The astronomical observatory has a 60 cm reflex telescope and Coude type 20 centimeters refraction telescope, and astronomical observation sessions are held every Saturday night. Reservations are unnecessary and reception starts 30 minutes prior.

    島根県にある三瓶山の麓にある自然博物館です。まず展示物の豊富さとそのクオリティの高さは圧巻です。また、小豆原埋没林の標本やプラネタリウム施設など、1日たっぷり楽しめる場所です。

  • Historical Museum of Iron
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
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    Shimane Unnan-shi Yoshidacho Yoshida 2533
    "A museum where you can learn about Japan's unique tatara iron making tradition and its techniques. It's roughly divided into two parts, ""Tatara Iron and its Techniques"" and ""Iron Mining and Blacksmiths."" It showcases the tradition in an accessible way with numerous exhibits. The influence of the acquisition of iron making technologies on the communities that had until then relied on tools made of stone and wood was enormous. You'll learn how it gradually became an indispensable part of their lives."

    このあたりの土地で盛んだったらたたら製鉄について深く学べます。 VTRに凝縮されています。 当時使われた物も見ることができます。

  • Kabeya Shuseikan
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Nita-gun Okuizumocho Kamiai 1655
    This history museum contains cultural properties which belonged to the Okuizumo Sakurai, a clan which traced its lineage to Warring States period general Ban Naoyuki. The museum displays folk cultural properties as well as tools used by the Sakurai clan, who served as the head blacksmiths of Matsue Matsudaira Domain, to engage in tatara ironmaking. The museum also displays pieces by Nanga painter Tanomura Chokunyu, who stayed here in the Meiji period; other paintings and works of art; and tea ceremony porcelain, and visitors can experience the culture of the Okuizumo area, which revolves around the history of tatara ironmaking.

    たたら製鉄で栄えた家の一つです。 ゆっくり見てまわれます。 山の中というか、森の中というか、自然あふれる場所にあります。 紅葉の時期のポスターを見せていただきました。 穴場の紅葉スポットと思われます。

  • Izumo Yayoinomori Museum
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Otsuchou 2760
    During the Yayoi period, huge Yosumi burial mounds were created in the Izumo region, which involved a considerable expenditure of time and effort. Nishidani Tomb No. 3 is an example of the perfected form of the Yosumi burial mound; the Izumo Yayoinomori Museum, which is located near the Nishidani tombs, shows visitors how the Izumo rulers were buried, making effective use of large models. The Museums’ permanent exhibition showcases some of the large quantity of earthenware vessels that were excavated from Nishidani Tomb No. 3, and also has displays on Izumo in the Yayoi period. There is an experiential activity area where visitors can try their hand at making Yayoi-style clothing and necklaces, etc.

    素晴らしいです! 弥生時代の出雲の歴史を時系列、遺跡別に見ることができますし、発掘された物も、再現された模型なども様々あり、理解が深まります。 そしてなんといっても無料なのがありがたい限りです。 出雲の歴史に関する書籍も多くの種類があり、貸切で見ることができました。 この博物館と、西谷墳丘墓をセットで見られることをおすすめします。

  • Izumo Science Center
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Imaichichou 1900-2
    This interactive science center is located in Izumo city, Shimane prefecture. You can enjoy learning science from a variety of perspectives thanks to the extensively diverse facilities—science hall with large screens, infrared cameras and digital stereo microscope, digital planetarium, and an interactive display plaza where you can touch the mysteries of science directly. Events like open experiments and interactive classes are held periodically.

    出雲市駅から歩いてすぐな場所に位置している君と笑顔の化学反応が発生している博物館です。小学校などなら研修にもおすすめです。

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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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