Shopping Spots in Shimane Area

  • Izumo Magatama no Sato Museum
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchouyumachi 1755-1
    This Izumo magatama-themed sightseeing facility is about a five-minute walk from JR Tamatsukuri-Onsen Station. Tamatsukuri has long been known as Japan’s capital for magatama/stone production, and it is written in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) that Susanoo-no-mikoto slew the serpent Yamata no Orochi and offered a magatama fashioned in Tamatsukuri to the goddess Amaterasu. The Magatama Museum teaches visitors about the history of the magatama and information about natural stones. The main attraction is the blue meno (agate) magatama, which weighs in at over 75 kilograms. There’s also a workshop where artisans can teach you how to make your own magatama and personal seals. The adjoining restaurant offers a great view of Lake Shinji.

    This is the only place in Japan that cut and carve stone into a comma shape called Magatama. It is somehow looks like yin and yang. Magatama has been worn as aun amulet to protect the warlords from...

  • Shussaigama Pottery Co., Ltd
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoushussai 3368
    This is a pottery kiln established in 1947 by five young local men in Hikawa Town, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. All the processes from preparing the clay to the firing stage are carried out on the premises, and there is a huge climbing kiln and raw material storage installed at the workshop. Like rustic and beautiful wild-flowers, there are many easy and simple to use every day items are produced. There are always thousands of works in the exhibition hall and shop. There are a variety of works, including bowls in a calm blue color, called “Shussai Deep Blue”, are available for sale. Visitors can also see the inside of the workshop.

    Every time we come to Japan my better half drags me up to Matsue to meet her nursery school friend who patiently drives us all the way to Shussai-gama so we can spend an hour or so browsing around...

  • Kanko Center Izumo
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 273
    Kanko Center Izumo is a tourist shopping center located in Kizuki-higashi, Taisha Town, Izumo City. Besides stores selling local Izumo specialty products, famous traditional confectioneries and local sakes, etc., there is also a mini convenience store; the second and third floors have areas that can be booked for group events, and a banquet hall. There are also restaurants serving Izumo Soba noodles, etc. Kanko Center Izumo is located adjacent to the bus terminal, and bicycle rental is available, making it a convenient place to stop when visiting the area.

    Great place to eat and buy souvenirs. Variety of things are available. And even group of people can have a meal together.

  • Fukunowa
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    15 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 837-2
    This is a specialty seafood shop of fugu (blowfish) which is said to be an auspicious fish that brings luck, located on Shinmon-dori Street in front of the main gate of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. Its main product is uzuni which is a pre-packed meal of a special dish handed down from the Izumonokuninomiyatsukoke officials of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. It is a traditional dish of fugu fish meat cooked in a delicious fugu fish broth with shiitake mushrooms, and added kanpyo (strips of dried gourd), and it is especially delicious poured over hot cooked rice and eaten in Ochazuke (tea-on-rice) style. Dried wet rice wine flavored fugu and ofukuyaki, a confectionery baked in the shape of fugu are also popular. An eat-in space is also provided. The nearest station is Izumotaisha-mae Station.

    出雲大社への参道にあります。 食べ歩きにぴったりの「おふく焼き」はふぐの形をしていてとにかくかわいい! 正直ものすごくおいしいというものではないのですが笑(普通においしいけど観光地価格だし・・・)テンションを上げるにはうってつけのビジュアルです! 縁起物としてぜひ!

  • Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 509-1
    "This is a beer hall where you can enjoy a Matsue local beer called ""Beer Hearn"". Also, at the beer restaurant visitors can eat Shimane Wagyu Beef and Shinjiko Shicchin, seven types of seafoods that can be found in the Seto Inland Sea. You can also enjoy five types of local beers at the beer counter overlooking the souvenir corner and the beer factory. It is a convenient facility that is walking distance from the Matsue Castle and Shiomi Nawate tourist site lined with traditional Japanese houses. "

    Had a very good Japanese lunch as part of a tour group. Hot plate between 4 people with choices of meats and fish to place and cook. Good local beer 540 yen each. Took the canal boat cruise from the...

  • Nishiwaki fishmongers
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Uragou 677
    Nishiwaki is a fishmonger’s shop (fresh fish shop) located in Urago, Nishinoshima Town, Oki County. It sells fresh fish, specializing in local fish species, as well as home-made sun-dried fish products. Nishiwaki also serves sashimi set meals and fresh fish set meals; visitors can also have fish that they have purchased in the store barbecued (this service is available even for solo visitors).

    If you are hungry and want to eat some local seafood, make sure you stop here for lunch! Nishiwaki-san and his wife will make sure you do not leave hungry. They have an English menu, which helps with...

  • Keigetsudo (Tenjinmachi Main Store)
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    4.0
    8 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tenjinmachi 97
    This long established Japanese confectionery store was founded in 1809 in the time of the Imperial Court of the seventh lord of the Matsue Domain, Matsudaira Fumai. Passed down from father to only one son, the store continues to uphold the traditions of Japanese sweets brought about through Matsue’s tea ceremony culture. The shop is famous for its usuogura sweet, diligently made over time by baking large grained adzuki beans in a secret honey. Keigetsudo also sells lots of other kinds of sweets such as their izumo-zanmai made with layers of hard candy, yokan with beans inside, and Turkish delight, as well as monaka (a wafer cake filled with bean jam) and sweets made with ume, or Japanese apricots. The nearest station is Matsue Station.

    今日は松江城山に桜餅実演販売で出展先に行きました。隣に茶席が有ったので抹茶と共に桜餅を美味しく頂きました。

  • Shimane Winery
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachouhishine 264-2
    A winery which first became operation in 1986 in Taisha, a town famed for its production of greenhouse grapes. At this popular tourism destination, visitors can enjoy Shimane Wine and other local wine brands. The winery offers a free tour course conducted in its wine fermentation hall where visitors can view the winery’s wine fermentation tanks and production process. The wine’s sampling and shop hall sells wine, sweets, and other souvenirs, and there’s also a sampling corner where you can try around 10 varieties of wines and juices. The winery’s barbecue house, where you can enjoy Shimane wagyu beef together with wine, is also popular. The nearest station is Hamayamakoen-Kitaguchi Station.
  • Canoeing no Sato Ochi
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    4.0
    5 Reviews
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    Shimane Ochi-gun Misatocho Kame Mura 54-1
    A facility in central Shimane Prefecture on the Gonokawa River at the foot of Mt. Sanbe that provides access to a variety of outdoor activities. Besides canoe and kayak tours, you can try canoe building or making stone oven pizzas. Campsites and trailers are available for lodging. The half-day Gonokawa River tour is popular with beginners. The campground has toilets and showers and lots of rental gear available, so you can enjoy camping with ease. They also have an exhibit of canoes from around the world, making it a great facility for families and friends alike.

    今回、小型犬3匹を連れての旅行だったので、宿は半分諦めていましたが大人2人と犬3匹で5600円という破格の安さとカヌーに乗れるという事でこちらに決めました。 コンテナハウスは各自清掃して帰るという事であまり綺麗ではありませんでしたが、暖房もよく効いて床暖房も付いていて、この価格で近くの温水プールと温泉が無料で入れる特典も付いていて、大満足でした。 また、カヌー体験もスタッフの方が丁寧に教えてくれて...

  • Saiundo Honten
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    4.0
    29 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tenjinmachi 124
    A long-standing Japanese confectionary shop renowned for its “wakakusa,” a sweet viewed as a Matsue souvenir standard. Saiundo is located a 10 minute walk from Matsue Station. Wakakusa is a Japanese-style sweet consisting of soft gyuhi glutinous rice dumplings covered with light green kanbaiko glutinous rice flour. These legendary treats take their name from a poem written by Matsudaira Harusato, the seventh lord of Matsue Domain. In addition to wakakusa, the shop sells a wide variety of Japanese and Western-style sweets made with select ingredients, as well as seasonal “namagashi” fresh sweets. There’s also a café space where you can enjoy a namagashi and matcha green tea set.

    Shop of WAGASHI traditional Japanese sweets in Matsue since 1874. We can eat wagashi with green tea in upstairs.

  • YAMADA CHIKUFUKEN HONTEN (Honmachi Shop)
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    4.0
    24 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushiroda Ro 240
    A long-standing Japanese sweet shop founded in 1885 that makes confections. They manufacture and sell a variety of Japanese and Western sweets with a focus on Genji-maki, a Tsuwano local favorite. Moist and lightly sweet, they consist of koshi-an bean paste rolled in a thin sponge cake. The sweet received the highest prize at the 23rd National Confectionery Exposition. Genji-soshi-easy to eat individually wrapped slices of Genji-maki-make the perfect Tsuwano gift. Other popular items include Kuri Gomon, sponge cake with a filling of sweet-simmered chestnuts and bean paste, as well as the subtly sweet confection Tsuwano Uiro (sweet rice jelly).

    津和野の和菓子で有名な源氏巻きを扱う店が10件位あるようで、店構えを見て入店。試食を頂き餡の味が甘過ぎず美味しかったので購入。10日間日持ちするとのこと。

  • Izumo Taisha Seidamari-mae Zenzai Mochi
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    25 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Izumo-shi Taishacho Kizukiminami 840-1
    A long-standing Japanese sweet shop founded in 1873. Located at the Goen Yokocho shopping area across from Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine's main entrance, they sell Japanese confections made of local ingredients. Their limited edition zenzai mochi rice cakes feature sweet bean paste inside the mochi rice. A delectable item with a refreshing sweetness and a saltiness that enhances the flavor of the ingredients, they're ideal for eating while exploring Izumo and make great gifts. They also sell Sukune-mochi, which won the highest prize at the National Confectionery Exposition, as well as pre-made packs of Izumo Zenzai celebratory soup for brightening up important occasions.

    出雲大社の目の前にあります。出雲名物のぜんざいをいただきましたが、店内には座敷とこたつもありました。おみやげにはぜんざい餅が有名のようでした。

  • Meteor Plaza
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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。

  • Wadachinmi Honten
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    3.5
    4 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Isotakechou 1550-1

    大田市五十猛町にある珍味やお土産の品を取り扱っている店です。ふぐを始めとする魚の一夜干しやみりん干し、蒲鉾や野焼き、地酒を取り扱っているお店です。駐車場から海に沈む夕日が眺められる場所としても有名です。

  • Kurumaya Shogato Honpo
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    4.0
    17 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hiratachou 774
    Since it was founded in 1715, this long established store has been selling ginger flavored sweets using age-old recipes passed down from father to only one son. Using only shussai ginger with its small amount of fiber and unique sweetness and aroma, the old-fashioned ginger sweets, made by melting the juice and sugar together over a charcoal fire, produce a delicately fresh aroma and refreshing sweetness with a hint of ginger spiciness coming through. The store also sells sugar with powdered green tea, ginger tea and seasonal ginger sweets. The historical store building that was rebuilt from the ashes of the Great Fire in 1876 and then further refurbished in the early Heisei period is also one of the highlights. The nearest station is Unshu-Hirata Station.

    以前に知人に頂いたことがある生姜糖が美味しく、出雲市にあるお店だとわかり立ち寄る。一枚にのしてあり手で割って小さくしたものを口に頬張ると、甘さの中にピリッと生姜が効いてて美味。

  • Tamayura Matsue Shop
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    4.5
    2 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Suetsuguhonmachi 91
    This accessories shop is about an eight-minute walk from Matsue Castle. They sell original accessories and jewelry made with natural stones that seem filled with a mysterious power, all from their location on Kyomise shopping street. The low-key shop uses a remodeled kominka (old house) facing the Kyobashi river. You can take your time choosing the perfect stones as you gaze out over the small garden, called Tsubo-niwa, innermost corner of the house. Not only are their phone straps, bracelets, necklaces and other colorful accessories perfect for your own magic charm, but they make great gifts, too. You can also pick out your favorite stones to custom order your very own, one-of-a-kind accessory.

    めのうや天然石を加工した勾玉やパワーストーンの専門店です。出雲にちなんだかわいいうさぎの置物もありました。

  • Arima Koeido
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou Ha 141
    Arima Koeido, founded in the Edo period, is a long-established confectionery store located in Omori Town, Ohda City, Shimane Prefecture, which is famous for the world heritage site, Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. The store is famous for a sweet called getanoha, which it is said, miners who used to work in the silver mine, liked and ate. The baked confectionery with its simple taste made only with flour, eggs, brown sugar, and sugar, is popular with tourists as a classic souvenir from the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. The store's ginzan-ame sweet with its aroma of brown sugar and soybeans is also popular. The purely Japanese style shop with its feeling of days gone by will touch the heart of any traveler.

    昔ながらの景観を楽しめる区域内にあるお店で、 げたのはというお菓子と飴の2品のみを売っているお店です。 げたのはは、ボーロのような素朴な味と固めの歯ごたえがいい感じです。

  • Shimane Prefectural Products and Tourist Center
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 191
    A tourist center located near to Matsue Castle, a National Treasure, in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The white walled building with tiled roof is inspired by the castle. In addition to providing sightseeing brochures on the prefecture and tourist information, the center also sells special products from Shimane such as Izumo soba, clams and other marine based processed products from Lake Shinji, and traditional crafts. There is a coffee shop that serves snacks such as curry and soba in the center making it a convenient place for a break between sightseeing. There is also the house of Shimanekko, the tourism mascot of Shimane Prefecture.
  • Notsu Meno Main Shop
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Tonomachi 407
    This agate craft and natural mineral shop was founded in 1921. This region is filled with the atmosphere of Izumo myths, and has carried on the tradition of making sacred magatama stones since ages past. Magatama stones are mysterious objects of worship, dating back to the distant past and said to resemble both a sprouting seed, and a human fetus. Today, they are often worn in a prayer for health, emotional stability, and recovery from illness. The attached workshop offers classes on making your own original bracelet or phone strap (reservations required). You can also reserve a tour to observe their own workshop where they use traditional skills to make these mystical stones.

    めのうが主体であるものの、それ以外の石も扱っています。ブレスレットなどはその場で石を選んで作ることもできます。店員さんの優しいアドバイスもあり、自分の気に入った一品を見つけることができると思います。松江で石を探すならここが一番だと思います。

  • CAFFE VITA
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Gakuen 2-5-3
    The 2008 national award winning CAFFE VITA uses freshly roasted coffee beans. When they take your order, they grind the beans in a manner that prevents oxidation, and painstakingly prepare the dripped coffee with a paper filter. The owner of this popular shop is a barista and patissier. Snacks including their popular Panini are also very delicious. Eight minutes by car from JR Matsue Station.

    We messed-up our schedule last time we were in these parts, this time we checked the opening times properly. Sunday brunch was a lovely mix of bagels, toast, salad and coffees, all made to a...

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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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