Sightseeing Spot Spots in Shimane Area

  • Matsue Jozan Park
    rating-image
    4.0
    80 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5
    Matsue Castle which was built in the early Edo period is also called by the nick name, “Plover Castle”. The castle tower has been designated as a National Treasure and the castle ruins as a National Historic Site. The vast castle ruins which are maintained as an inner citadel and an outer citadel are known as “Matsue Castle Jozan Park”. You will be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms and the castle at the same time as it has also been chosen as one of the “100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan”. The appearance of the various cherry trees such as the Yoshino cherry trees, the drooping cherry trees and the mountain cherry trees blooming in profusion is breathtakingly beautiful. You can enjoy the magical scenery with the keep being illuminated until 10 pm.

    Although it lacks the grandeur of the parks of larger castles, its well maintained, and we saw it before the Lantern festival (held in early autumn), when it was all dolled up. A nice lead-up to the...

  • Hiikawa Riverbank Cherry Blossoms
    rating-image
    4.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kisukichoukisuki
    This group of cherry trees is on a levee of the Hii River flowing in Kisuki-cho, Shimane Prefecture. About 800 Yoshino cherry trees have been planted along a roughly three-kilometer stretch, and they all burst into bloom at once when the season comes. It's been selected as one of the Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites in the nation by the Japan Cherry Blossom Association. Paper lanterns hang along the levee when the trees are in bloom, and the Kisuki Sakura Festival features a variety of events over a two-day period during the season.

    In April the full bloom of Cherry is much more attractive for visitor.The river side road is really wonderful in this time.

  • Koi no Komeya Yoshinaga Rice Shop
    rating-image
    4.0
    21 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushiroda Ro 296
    A rice shop located about a five-minute drive from Tsuwano Station. The shop has traditional rice bales around the storefront and is famous for keeping hundreds of carp. Tsuwano, which has long been known for its high-quality water, has waterways stretching throughout the town. Carp are raised in the water through a variety of processes. The Yoshinaga Rice Shop is reputed to have the most, and they're of the highest quality. The site of the varicolored carp swimming together is not to be missed. The shop's business is selling rice, but everyone is free to drop by and check out the premises.

    Its 2 streets across from Twuwano station. Has some old rice carrying carts and photos. The owners have a sign in English to welcome you to go into their backyards which has a small pond and HUGE...

  • Oki Momo Dome
    rating-image
    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho Ikeda Furo Mae 19-1
    "A bull fighting ring a ten-minute drive from Saigo Port. Here you can watch the tradition that is said started as entertainment for Emperor Gotoba after he was banished to Oki. The Japanese raised bulls aged two to six years exceed 1,000 kilograms are considered ""yokozuna"" class. The bulls crashing into each other locking horns is a powerful sight to behold. Competitions are held three times a year. Generally if a bull runs away he loses, but occasionally bullfights are held for visitors where there are no winners or losers."

    The island has over 800 years history of bullfight, and its history is the oldest in Japan. Several villages has their bullfight ring, and they hold bullfight games quarterly. This place hold...

  • Mihonoseki Lighthouse
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Mihonosekichoumihonoseki 1338-10
    This lighthouse is located in Jizozaki on the eastern edge of the Shimane Peninsula. Currently renovated, the adjacent former office and dormitory is used for the Mihonoseki Lighthouse buffet. The 14 meter lighthouse that lit up in 1898 is the oldest in Sanin, and the dignified stone building was chosen as one of the top 100 historic lighthouses of the world. It is open to the general public every Ocean Day, and it is appealing because you can see magnificent views all the way to the town of Oki far from Miho Bay.
  • 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.
  • Lake Shinji Sunset Spot
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou
    This is a spot where visitors can see the sun setting over Lake Shinji and the Yomegashima Islands. You can also enjoy a walking course or places to sit and rest on a terrace while watching the sun go down. There is also a carpark making it convenient. Information regarding the position and time of sunset, as well as the best spot for a photo is provided so please check this out beforehand.
  • Lake Shinji Rabbits
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 1-5
    There are outdoor sculptures imitating 12 rabbits on the lawn in front of Shimane Art Museum on the shores of Lake Shinji. It is said that happiness will come if you touch the second rabbit counting from the lake facing west. It is gaining popularity as a marriage spot, which seems to be more effective if you make an offering of freshwater clams which are a specialty of Lake Shinji.
  • Kasuga-jinja Shrine, Black Pine Grove (Kasuga no Mori)
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho Fuse
    A grove of black pine trees on a lovely white sand beach at Kasuga-jinja Shrine. Near the Kasuga River, there are approximately 70 trees over 350 years old. Commonly known as Kasuga-no-Mori, the individual black pines in the stand average about 25-meters in height. An enormous 60-meter tree was crowned the tallest in Japan in 1961. Visit early on the spring or fall equinoxes to watch the sun rise up the center of the shrine's torii gate. There's also the interesting sight of southern Japanese aerides orchids that bloom among the pines, while northern beach rose blooms along the beach.
  • Kanetani Jozan Cherry Tree
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Masuda-shi Mitocho Yamamoto Kanaya
  • Yamamoto White Weeping Cherry Tree
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Gotsu Kawahiracho Minamikawanobori
  • Washibara Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Washibara
    A park known for hosting Tsuwano yabusame horseback archery. The entire precincts of Washibara Hachimangu Shrine, which tradition says was established during the Kamakura period, is generally called Washibara Park. The riding ground where the thrilling ceremony is held is one of the oldest existing horseback archery grounds in Japan. It is said to be an imitation of Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, and an event held on the second Sunday of April attracts many spectators who come to view picture scrolls from that period. It is also a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing, and the sight of the cherry trees around the riding ground is sublime.
  • Honozan Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Izumo-shi Taishacho Kizukikita 3072-1
  • Hikawa Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Izumo-shi Hikawacho Naoe 3864-2
    A park approximately eight minutes from Hikawa Interchange on the San'in Expressway. It's in a quiet residential area and is fully equipped with a baseball field, tennis courts, a multipurpose zone, and more. It is a well-known azalea viewing spot with about 20,000 of them around the spacious garden. An azalea festival is held in early May, which is the best time to see them in bloom. There are lots of events and activities that children can enjoy, such as a local junior high school brass band performance, a building block competition, and a ping pong tournament. They begin turning on the paper covered lanterns in the evening from mid-April, offering a magical ambiance you won't get during the day.
  • Tamayu River Hime-zakura Cherry Trees
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Tamayucho
  • Gohonmatsu Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Matsue-shi Mihonosekicho Mihonoseki
    This park is on a moderately high 100-130 meter above sea level park. The name comes from five pine trees that were once used as landmarks for ships. The current pines are the third generation of trees here. One of the trees was cut down by order of the domain lord, and this became the basis for the folk song Seki no Gohonmatsu (The barrier of five pine trees). There is a region planted with about 5,000 azaleas, making this one of the prefecture's leading such spots. The blooming season most years is from late April through early May. The azaleas in full bloom against the backdrop of Miho bay to the south, Yumigahama beach, and Nakaumi lake is a sight to behold.
  • Misumi Obirazakura
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Hamada Misumicho Yabara 1257 Tono
  • Kankokoryu Plaza
    rating-image
    3.5
    30 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Yasugichou 2093-3

    It is there. You are in the train station awaiting your train, so you enter. The usual cafeteria/gift shop to be found in any train station.

  • Goenyokocho
    rating-image
    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 840-1

    出雲大社に入る前にある横丁です。お蕎麦やぜんざい、天然石のお店があります。こちらでお蕎麦を食べて天然石のお土産を買って楽しめました。

  • Mihonoseki
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Mihonosekicho Mihonoseki

Shimane Areas

around-area-map

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.

Shimane Photo Album

Browse Interests