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  • Kumano Taisha shrine
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Yakumochoukumano 2451
    A Shinto shrine standing amidst the mountains of Yakumo Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The shrine is dedicated to the god Kaburogi-kumano-okami Kushi-mike-no-mikoto, which is viewed as another name for the god Susanoo-no-mikoto. Together with the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, the Kumano Taisha has been viewed as one of the holiest shrines in the local Izumo area, and the shrine is famous as being the origin of fire in Japan. Some of the shrine’s many highlights include the taisha-zukuri style main shrine building, and the Sanka-den hall, which is built in a unique style—in addition to a thatched roof, the hall’s four walls are covered with hinoki cypress bark. During the Sanka Festival on October 15, the chief priest of the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine visits the Kumano Taisha and performs the Kamedayu Shinji, a ritual wherein the priest receives a wooden hand drill and board for lighting a sacred fire.

    Kumano Nachi Taisha is one of the three Kumano shrines, situated a few kilometers inland from the coastal hot spring resort of Katsuura. The shrine is part of a large complex of neighboring...

  • Fumonin Temple
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitatamachi 27
    Located in Kitata Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, Fumonin Temple was a shrine founded at the time the first lord of the Matsue Domain, Horio Yoshiharu, built Matsue Castle. In 1689, the third lord, Matsudaira Tsunachika, moved the temple to its current place at the site of Matsue Castle’s northeast gate, or demon’s gate. Highlight of the temple is the Sansai Hosokowa-style teahouse, Kangetsuan, often visited by the seventh lord, Matsudaira Fumai (Harusato), and also where the Meiji period Japanese researcher, Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) first studied the tea ceremony. There is a large window on the eastern side where visitors can see the moon and the garden. Also famous is the Adzukitogi Bridge which appears in Koizumi Yakumo’s book, Kwaidan.

    堀川巡りのコースにあります。赤い鳥居と白い鳥居が並ぶユニークなお寺です。正門前にあるのは普門院橋で、ここから見る普門院の姿は赤い鳥居が夕焼けに映えて、ウットリする美しさでした。

  • Gesshoji Temple
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sotonakabarachou 179
    This Jodo (Pure Land) sect of Buddhism temple is located in Sotonakabara Town in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, and it is the family temple of the Matsudaira family, the old leaders of the Matsue clan. The graves of the first through ninth generations of the clan leaders are on the temple grounds, and it has been designated as a National Historic Site. The seventh leader, Matsudaira Fumai was famous as a tea master, and his mausoleum gate is said to have been made by famous artisan Jodei Kobayashi. The grape latticework is spectacular. The sixth leader Munenobu’s Juzo-hi (tombstone set up prior to one’s death) that rests atop a big stone turtle statue appears in the writings of famous writer Yakumo Koizumi (Patrick Lafcadio Hearn), and legends say the big turtle wandered the streets of the castle town after dark. Around mid-June, the hydrangeas bloom, which attract many visitors and have earned the temple the nickname “hydrangea temple in the mountain shade.”
  • Gakuen-ji Temple
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Besshochou 148
    According to tradition, the Gakuen-ji Temple was founded by the monk Chishun Shonin in 594. There are many legends about the famous warrior-monk Benkei associated with the Temple; Benkei is said to have studied at the Temple for three years starting from the age of 18, and to have sought refuge there after the Battle of Dan-no-Ura in 1185. During this later stay at the Gakuen-ji, Benkei is said to have carried the temple bell of the Daizen-ji Temple to the Gakuen-ji in the space of one night (covering a distance of around 100 kilometers); this bell has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property.
  • Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Kiyomizuchou 528
    Located in Kiyomizu Town, Yasugi City, Kiyomizu-dera is a Buddhist temple devoted to the worship of Kannon that, according to tradition, was founded by the renowned Buddhist monk Sonryu in 587. Since ancient times, it has been famous as a temple where people go to pray for protection against misfortune, and many people continue to visit the temple for this purpose today. Within the temple grounds, visitors can see the Konpon Hall, which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property; there are also many precious statues of the Buddha, including a wooden statute of Kannon with eleven faces standing upright.

    Wow! Im glad that Im in not-bad shape, because the road was pretty steep going in from where we were dropped off by the a and n oni. I kind of wish wed gone through the many torii gates...

  • Ichibata Temple (Ichibata Yakushi Temple)
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Kozakaichou 803
    The Ichibata Temple is a Rinzai Buddhist temple located in Kozakai Town, Izumo City. It is the chief temple of the Ichibata Yakushi school of Rinzai Buddhism. Praying at the Temple is said to help people recover from eye ailments, and the “Yakushi-sama of the Eyes” has attracted large numbers of worshippers for many centuries. The Ichibata Temple is also famous for its 1,300-step stone entrance stairway.

    一畑薬師の境内にあるコテージ風の宿坊。眼下には宍道湖が広がる。寺で子供と一緒に座禅を組んだり、写経をしたりできる。幼稚園の座禅体験なども受け入れている和尚にリクエストすれば、指導の厳しさを調節してくれる

  • Gohyakurakan Rakan-ji Temple
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou A) 804
    A Koyasan Shingon Buddhist temple located in Omori Town, Ohda City, Shimane Prefecture which enshrines a total of 500 statues of arhats split evenly between two caves. The figures were created over a 20-some year period starting in the Genbun period (1736-1740) and are said to memorialize ancestors and people who died in the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. The temple is registered as part of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its Cultural Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also designated a National Historic Site.

    A World Heritage Site which is clearly indicated by a (too) huge sign in front of it. You have to pay (500 Yen) to enter which has to be done across the street at the entrance of the Rakanji...

  • Bukkokuji Temple
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Mihonosekicho Mihonoseki 530
  • Joanji Temple
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi Hirosecho Toda 439
  • Sa Koyatsu Shrine (Matsuo Shrine)
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Kozakaicho 108
  • Kankokutera Garden
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Kunidomichou 1301

    小さな金を叩けば住職の方が来てくれて庭まで案内してくださいます。また江戸時代末期に作成された庭で自然を大いに感じながらゆっくりすることができます。

  • Haiden
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi
  • Honden
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi
  • Tozaijukyusha
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi
  • Shokokan
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi
  • Kaguraden
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi

    Adjacent to the main complex, on the western side of the huge Izumo Taisha complex and after going through another torii once more, you will find the Izumo Taisha Shrine Kaguraden another huge and...

  • Mine Ji
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    Shimane Unnan Mitoyacho Kyushita 1381

    御朱印集め、というミーハーな目的で立ち寄りました。狭い山道にドキドキしながら、何度もナビを確認して、ようやくたどり着いた峯寺の門構えに圧倒されて身が引き締まったように感じます。ちなみに御朱印は二種類あります。

  • Ikoji Temple
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    Shimane Masuda-shi Someba 4-29

    Bus to Ikooji leaves from Masuda Station and costs 160 yen. The journey takes 7 minutes. We caught the bus opposite the Masuda Grand Toit Art Gallery after having visited the Masuda Sunday Market...

  • Shogenji Temple
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    Shimane Oda-shi Omoricho I430-1
  • Seiganji Temple
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Tamayucho Tamatsukuri 530

Shimane Main Areas

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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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