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  • Izumo Oyashiro
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 195
    This is a shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, enshrining the great Okuninushi, known as a god of marriage. It is also known by its official name Izumo Oyashiro. There are several legends about the foundation of the shrine including one that says it was built as a condition for Okuninushi transferring over the land of Japan. The main shrine is designated as a national treasure, and features Japan’s oldest shrine architectural style. It is rebuilt about every 60 years. The kagura hall is famous for the largest shimenawa (sacred rope) in Japan. The magnificent row of pine trees called “Pine Baba” is designated as one of Japan’s top 100 pine spots.
  • Matsue Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5
    A flatland mountain castle located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture which was completed in 1611, the castle tower, a designated National Treasure, is said to be the only orthodox-style original castle tower still standing in Japan. Covered with black-painted siding on most of its walls, the castle is designed as a watchtower and the top floor offers a sweeping view of the city of Matsue. Relatively simple in design, a characteristic of castles built in the early Momoyama period, the castle is also known as “Chidori Castle.” The area surrounding the castle has been turned into the Matsue Jozan Park; a famous cherry blossom-viewing destination, in spring some 200 cherry trees come into bloom on the park’s grounds. The park has even been selected as one of the 100 best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.
  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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.

    数量限定のビーフシチューを食べたかったので11:20くらいに行きましたが すでに完売 ビーフカレーにしましたが 結構良い感じの美味しさで らっきょ&福神 サラダ付きです お勧めの席は待ってでも庭窓際の席 庭 池 鯉を見ながらカレーは乙な感じ

  • Yaegaki Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    393 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sakusachou 227
    This shrine in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture is famous for marriage and enshrines the gods Susano-no-mikoto and Inatahime-no-mikoto. The three-paneled Itae Chakushoku Shinzo pictures (wall painting in the honden) in the treasure storage room has been designated as an important cultural property. On the grounds are many popular spots for women, including the Meoto-sugi (coupled cryptomeria trees), Meoto-tsubaki (coupled camellia) and Kagami-no-ike (mirror pond), where the appearance of a suitable marriage partner is predicted by the speed of which a piece of Japanese paper sinks after a coin is placed on top.

    another interesting temple in japan, except penis temple & sculpture that has some special ceremony for marriage. interesting.

  • Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
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    3.5
    89 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.

    This is a great place to start the visit to silver mines, as it gives a good introduction and context. English signs are limited, but staff gave me an iPad with English explanations for everything...

  • Miho-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    182 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Mihonosekichoumihonoseki 608
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in mentioned in the “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki,” a book documenting local customs and culture. The shrine is the head shrine of all shrines dedicated to Kotoshironushi (Ebisu). The main shrine building, a designated National Treasure, is built in the Miho-zukuri (hiyoku taisha-zukuri) style and consists of two halls joined together. The one on the left facing the building is dedicated to Kotoshironushi, while the one on the right is dedicated to his mother, Mihotsuhime-no-mikoto. The shrine is believed to grant worshippers a variety of benefits, including not only prosperity in business but also large harvests, maritime safety, and luck in public performance. The shrine’s Aofushigaki Shinji ritual, held on April 7, and Morotebune Shinji ritual, held on December 3, are connected with the “kuni-yuzuri,” a legend relating the transfer of the rulership of Japan to the gods of Heaven, and during these times great numbers of people from around the country come to witness the events.

    The god of prosperity and music, Ebisu, libes here and so does the deity of harvest. The heading of the shrine shows an original symbol with a tubular and a sword shape for each god. Twice a day...

  • 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.
  • Gassan Toda Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Hirosechoumachichou 752 (Yasugi City History Museum)
    The historic castle of the Amago clan, considered impregnable due to its size, was said to be one of the strongholds of the Warring States Period. In 2006 is was selected as one of the top 100 Castles in Japan. It is also famous as the castle where warlord Yamanaka Shikanosuke came from. There are also statues of Amago Tsunehisa and Shikanosuke in the grounds and it is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
  • Kojindani Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoukamba 873-8 In Arashi Kamiya Historical Park
    These ruins were discovered in 1983 and 358 bronze swords from the Yayoi period and other bronze ware were excavated. The discovery of six bell-shaped bronze pots and 16 bronze spearheads deepened interest of the Yayoi period. Have fun at the park with reconstructed dwellings and a museum while thinking of the ancient times.
  • Sanbe Azukihara Maibotsurin Park
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Sambechou Tane B 58-2
    "This is a submerged forest exhibition of an area that was once covered by a volcanic eruption about 4000 years ago. The underground exhibit room is an excavated room of a circle shape of 30 meters in diameter and depth of 13.5 meters. Visitors can see the excavation of the Buried Forest in the ""Jomon Forest Excavation Preservation Exhibition Building"" and the ""Building Exhibiting the Pit for Excavation of Buried Forest Specimens"". In July every year visitors can also enjoy the ancient lotus flowers known as ""Oga hasu"" that are an Ota City Designated Natural Monument."
  • Shinjiko Shijimikan
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    3.5
    54 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.

    前の駐車場はいっぱいでした。中に入ったら観光バスで来られた方や一般の方でいっぱいでした。土産物屋さんで前には足湯もありました。

  • Homotsuden (Treasure Hall)
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi
    The treasure hall in the precincts of Izumo Taisha has exhibited valuable items since 1981. In 2000 the exhibition hall was renovated to commemorate the Daisen-gu Shrine of Heisei (Sengu means temporary removal of the body of god while the main shrine undergoes rebuilding or restoration.) and the pillars of the ancient Imperial main building are displayed.
  • Nima Sand Museum
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    3.5
    52 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Adachi Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 320
    This famous art museum is home to six gardens on 16.5 hectares of land, including a Japanese rock garden. The new museum was opened in 2010 to commemorate the original opening 40 years ago. The major exhibition is contemporary Japanese paintings and in collaboration with the main gallery it is possible to observe the flow of Japanese paintings from modern to the contemporary style. In the shops you can purchase DVDs of Japanese gardens showing the beauty of the seasons and books showing reproductions of the works of Taikan Yokoyama.
  • Nagahama Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Nishizonochou 4258
    This shrine is the origin of the Kunibiki-shinwa myth and to attain victory. Also, it is famous as the shrine where Kato Kiyomasa and Katagiri Katsumoto worshipped for and was granted success when Toyotomi Hideyoshi ordered the invasion of Korea. The pine tree where they worshipped remains in the precinct of the temple. The large Izumo-style knotted straw made from 1,500 rice straws is also worth seeing.
  • Shimane Arts Center - Grand Toit
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Ariakechou 5-15
    This facility is a rare building nationally, serving both as a museum and theater combined. It is a building that uses Sekishu stone tiles on the roof and walls, familiar to the residences of Iwami. The building is beautiful with the characteristic change of expression of the glassy surface of the tiles. A variety of exhibitions and events are held both at the museum and theater to entertain many people.
  • The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt Sanbe - Sahimel
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    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。

  • Mankusen Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachouaikawa 258
    This shrine conveys the myth that it is the last stop for the eight million gods who gather nationally to worship during the Shinto festival, held every October (old lunar calendar). The gods that gather include, Kushimikenu-no-mikoto, Sukunahikona-no-mikoto, Oonamuchi-no-kami and Yaoyorozu-no-kami and visitors can receive various kinds of good fortune.
  • Wako Museum, Tawara Kuniichi Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Yasugichou 1058
    Professor Kuniichi Tawara was the pioneer of metallurgy research in Japan and this museum exhibits his research and findings, calligraphy, lecture notes and other personal effects celebrating his achievements and character. He has numerous accomplishments including being the first to look into the ancient Japanese arts, surrounded by secrets and off limits to outsiders, revealing the secret of Japanese sword beauty through actual investigation of the ancient method of iron and steel making (tatara).

    展示が充実している資料館でした。一番面白かったのは日本刀を作る過程を丁寧に説明していたところでした。それ以外の資料も大変良かったです。駅から歩いて行けるのもポイントが高いです。

  • Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    150 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda 409
    This is one of Japan’s five great Inari shrines to the harvest god, known as “Tsuwano Oinarisan.” It is also written as “Inari” incorporating the meanings of having one’s desires fulfilled and great ambitions achieved. In 1773 the lord of the Tsuwano domain Norisada Kamei invited the deity’s spirit from Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and built the shrine. The front shrine and main shrine rebuilt in 1969 can be seen after passing through the vermillion-lacquered torii gate corridor offered by believers. Fried tofu and candles for making an offering can be bought at the shop.

    Amazing hike up. Beautiful temple at the top. Not very busy at all. Tsuwano is a great place to relax and escape the crowds of the major cities

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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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