Leisure / Outdoors Spots in Shimane Area

  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    1046 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.

    The museum is maintained very well, and I enjoyed the silent beauty of objects and a garden. The founder left the phrase, A garden, is also an artwork.. I could understand his message by standing...

  • Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
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    4.5
    363 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 99-4
    This is a history museum located in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. It exhibits materials highlighting the history of Izumo around the Izumo Taisha shrine, and the Iwami silver mine. This museum houses the 358 bronze swords, a national treasure, as well as bronze spearheads, and dotaku (a bell-shaped bronze vessel supposed to have been put to some ceremonial use) from the Kojindani ruins and 39 dotaku from the Kamoiwakura Ruins. The Uzu pillar groupings, thought to be from the Izumotaisha inner shrine dating back to mid-13th century and many other treasures are displayed. A miniature replica model of Izumotaisha inner shrine during the Heian period can be seen too. The museum also houses the Shinwa mythology theater, a cafe, and shop.

    This museum is packed with artifact and info about the area. You should probably visit this before heading to the shrine. The audio guide was really nice and I enjoyed this museum a lot! Theres a...

  • Shimane Art Museum
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    4.5
    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
    114 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.

    Expect for unexpected Omori -cho a town of 400 people wa given a world heritage status by Unesco for its still remaining abundant nature together with its history the most active silver mines in the...

  • Matsue History Museum
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    4.0
    125 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

  • 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
    43 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.

    Just across from Tsuwano Station, this large museum ( entry ¥800) contains works by Mitsumasa Anno. It was well worth a visit although unfortunately I didn’t have time to see the other attractions...

  • 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 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.
  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum
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    4.5
    19 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 really wanted to visit this museum for it is part of my Japanese sword bucket list. Okuizumo Tatara Sword Museum features a story of transformation - iron ore from the sand of Okuizumo to the...

  • The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt Sanbe - Sahimel
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    4.0
    16 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.

    自然館には行っていないが・・・ 隣接しているススキの迷路を見学に。 ススキの草原を見るのは初めてで、夕方の陽光に照らされた穂が風に揺れている景色は非日常。 ススキを見るだけなら入館料は不要。 新館駐車場から歩いてすぐ! (場所が分からなかったので、自然館の受付で尋ねたら、とても親切に教えて頂けた)

  • Shimane Prefectural IWAMI ART MUSEUM
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    4.0
    28 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
    27 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.

    出雲地方の刀剣とたたらの関わりを展示してある博物館です。戦前戦中の軍との関わりも若干ではございますが書かれています。生産数に比して当時の状況がいまひとつわからない軍刀などを学ばれている方は行ってもいいかと思いました。ただし全般的な展示となっているので過度の期待はしない方が良いかと思います。図書館側の駐車場の奥のスペースのところに来歴不明、種類不明の長砲身が2門あります。こちらもちゃんと調べて展示す...

  • Matsue Vogel Park
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Ogakichou 52
    A theme park dedicated to flowers and birds built in a hilly area overlooking Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds are dotted with four exhibition greenhouses, scenic overlooks, and other facilities; in addition, everything is connected via roofed galleries, ensuring visitors can enjoy themselves no matter the weather. Colorful flowers blossom in the flower greenhouse, such as Fuchsia and begonias, which remain in full bloom year round. Visitors can also see over 90 varieties of birds here, including owls, falcons, and penguins, and enjoy bird shows and bird feeding.
  • Shimane Hana no Sato
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Nishishinmachi 2-1101-1
    Shimane Hana no Sato is a park filled with verdant greenery, where visitors can view beautiful seasonal flowers. Besides the wide variety of flowers in the park—which include cherry blossom, peonies, hydrangeas, cosmos, tulips, etc.—there is also a children’s play area with lots of play equipment, making the park very popular with families. Visitors are allowed to bring food and drink into the park, and on days when the weather is fine it is a great place for a picnic.

    出雲市から一駅いった西出雲に位置している花と緑の楽園です。四季折々の変化をふんだんに楽しめますが、春がおすすめです。

  • Yakumotatsu Fudoki-no-oka
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Obachou 456
    The Yakumotatsu Fudoki-no-oka is a museum dedicated to the Yakumotatsu Fudoki-no-oka archeological site. The museum is housed in a reinforced concrete single-storey raised-floor style building that resembles a burial mound when viewed from either the front or the rear. The museum’s contents include precious artifacts excavated from the Yakumotatsu Fudoki-no-oka site, including a Haniwa (clay figurine) depicting a deer looking back over its shoulder, a big sword bearing the inscription Nukutabe-no-Omi inlaid with silver, etc., as well as a copy of the Izumo-no-kuni Fudoki manuscript, a diorama showing what the area would have looked like during the Nara period, etc. The observation platform on the roof provides superb views over the whole of the Yakumotatsu Fudoki-no-oka site.

    あまり時間もなく、また小雨交じりの天気でもあり、学習館の展示室を見学、また学習館の屋上から周囲を見渡して帰ることにしました。 学習館は入館料200円。展示室には古代出雲の中心地「意宇(おう)」の模型があり、また風土記に関する資料や埴輪も展示してあり興味深かったのですが、実は展示室の手前においてあった武具のレプリカが、その重さから一番印象に残りました。 それでも、風土記の丘周辺には出雲国府跡、神魂神...

  • Hamada Children's Museum of Art
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
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    Shimane Hamada Nobara Cho 859-1
    "An art museum designed with an image of ""a ship of creation and beauty floating on the Sea of Japan"" in mind. In addition to various feature exhibits devised to facilitate both ""seeing and creating,"" the Museum School helps them enjoy watching and creating all day long. The museum is located at the Umi no Mieru Culture Park overlooking Hamada Port and was established in 1996 for the children who will become the leaders of the next generation. They seek to cultivate creativity and artistic sensibilities by having children interact with art from an early age."

    海外の様々な子どもたちの作品が 見れます。企画展もいろいろ、開催されています。 子ども連れのご家族で、賑わっていました。

  • 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...

  • The Tanabe Museum of Art
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    3.5
    17 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...

  • 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。

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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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