Museum / Science Museum Spots in Shimane Area

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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...

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • 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。

  • Nichihara Astronomical Observatory
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    4.5
    10 Reviews
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    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Makurase 806-1
    "An astronomical observatory located at the top of 255-meter Mt. Makurase. It is equipped with a 75-centimeter computer-controlled theodolite Nasmyth telescope, with one of the largest apertures among astronomical telescopes open to the public in Japan. Mt. Makurase overlooks the confluence of the Tsuwano and Takatsu rivers and is an area free of light from the town. From the compact structure in a dense grove, you can get an unobstructed view of the star-lit skies. It sees lots of visitors throughout the year and is a symbolic spot for this ""Star Village."""

    日原天文台は、宿泊客も食事の前後にみられる天文台です。島根県内でも天文台は珍しく、天気が良ければ、沢山のきれいな星が見られます。

  • Oki Nature Museum
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho Nakamachi Oki Port Plaza 2F

    隠岐の動植物、鳥、魚、虫、花、石などの展示が豊富です。 空いていればスタッフの方がつきっきりで説明してくれます。 観光に出る前に立ち寄って理解を深めましょう。入館料は300円。

  • Archeological Museum of Kojindani
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoukamba 873-8
    The Archeological Museum of Kojindani is located adjacent to the Kojindani archeological site; the museum was completed in 2005 to serve as the site museum. The Museum has replicas of the bronze swords, bronze bells and bronze spearheads that were excavated at the Kojindani site, along with explanatory panels, and videos showing documentary footage of the excavations, etc. Besides the permanent exhibitions, the museum also hosts lectures and special thematic exhibitions, as well as other special events such as opportunities to experience planting and harvesting ancient rice strains, etc. The museum shop sells a range of souvenir gifts etc. with designs based on the ancient rice strains, lotus seeds and bronze artifacts discovered at Kojindani; there is an impressive range of gift items that cannot be purchased anywhere else.

    博物館はあまり発見がありませんでした。 荒神谷遺跡のことを深く知りたければ、古代出雲歴史博物館に行かれることをおすすめします。 遺跡から発掘された銅鐸や銅剣、銅矛はそちらに展示されています。

  • Izumo Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.5
    5 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Chimiyachou 628
    The Izumo Folk Craft Museum, opened in 1974, is housed within a renovated part of the traditional farmhouse of the Yamamoto family who are known to have been the wealthiest farmers in Izumo. The museum has on display a collection of pieces from all over the country with a particular focus on Shimane Prefecture which includes ceramics and lacquer ware used in people’s everyday lives, wooden items, textiles, dyed objects and metal works, etc. The Nagayamon Gate, built in the Edo period, was erected by the same master builder who constructed the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. The main building is currently used as a residence and the rice granary and timber store, now display rooms, are of high historical value. The nearest station is Nishi-Izumo Station.

    A low-key, casual approach masks an utterly awe-inspiring collection of objects held in a massive traditional farm-house. Massive wooden chests, beautiful cloth and stunning ceramics are the...

  • Monument & Museum Kimachi Stone
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Shinjicho Higashikimachi 1574-1
    "This museum makes use of the former site of a quarry for the precious tuffaceous sandstone ""Kimachi stone,"" which is produced only in the area around the Kimachi area of Shinji-cho. It introduces the history and culture of Kimachi stones, the raw material of the traditional craft ""Izumo stone lanterns."" After passing through a 65-meter-long tunnel made of Kimachi stone, the quarry is where stone was actually excavated by hand. High quality stone was historically used for the stone coffins of the Kofun period (250-538), and in the Edo period (1603-1868), it is said to have been considered so important that it was forbidden to take it outside the domain without permission. It holds a variety of events, including demonstrations by the Kimachi Stone Lantern Cooperative and hands-on experiences making Kimachi stone carvings, making it possible for Kimachi stone is become more familiar to visitors."

    JRの来待駅からは少し歩きます。来待石の総合案内所及び来待石の博物館と言ったしせつです。焼き物体験ができました。

  • Future of Iron Science Museum
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    3.5
    6 Reviews
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    Shimane Unnan-shi Yoshidacho Yoshida 892-1

    世界における鉄の歴史から未来に向かっていく姿を、資料やVTRから学べます。 雲南市吉田町にある穴場スポットです。

  • Meteor Plaza
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Mihonosekicho
    This complex is located on Shimane prefecture's Shichirui port. It includes the Oki Kisen Ferry Terminal, an event hall, a restaurant and a day use bathing facility. The near-future design was based on the Mihonoseki meteor, which fell to earth in 1992. The Meteor Museum on the 4th floor displays the meteor itself, which is an estimated 4.6 billion years old. There are picture panels and models of the meteor strike site, and actual damaged roof panels and carpet from the event are on display as well, to offer an up-close taste of the impact itself. It's a popular destination for visitors from all over the country as a key spot in Mihonoseki town.

    境港から帰る途中に初めて七類港の施設に格安2百円で入浴しました。この3月末で終わる海水プールの付属設備みたいですが4月以降もサウナ入浴は続くそうです。

  • Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
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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.
  • Okuizumo Tane Museum of Natural History
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    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.

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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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