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Castle / Ruins of Castle Spots in Shimane Area

  • Gassan Toda Castle Ruins
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    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.
  • Tsuwano Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda
    Tsuwano Castle is also known by another name, “Sanbonmatsu-jo.” During the Mongol invasions of Japan the defense of western provinces was ordered, and Yoshimi Yoriyuki, who was appointed as the feudal lord of the western Iwami Yoshika area, began construction of the fortifications in 1295, and the fortress was completed after 30 years. The castle is a representative mountain castle made by removing soil from the mountain top and creating artificial trenches around the mountain peak, and is one of only a very few castles in which the Middle Age and Modern Age construction specifications are unified. The castle ruins were designated as a National Historic Site in 1942. Visitors can use a sightseeing chair lift to access the honmaru and demaru. The site offers a sweeping view of the town of Tsuwano and the gently flowing Tsuwano River.
  • Ya Taki Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Oda-shi Yunotsucho Nishita Sojikicho Ya Taki
  • Yahazu Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Oda-shi Yunotsucho Nishita
  • Iwami Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Oda-shi Nimacho Oguni
  • Shimose Yamajo Ato
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    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Kawamura
  • Sasayama Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Hamada-shi
  • Kawachi Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Hamada-shi
  • Misumi Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Hamada-shi
  • Masuda Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Masuda-shi
  • Mukaiyokota Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Masuda-shi
  • Yamabuki Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Oda-shi
  • Hirose Jinya Ato
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi
  • Sase Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Unnan-shi
  • Mitoya Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Unnan-shi
  • Miyata Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho
  • Shimoyokota Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Nita-gun Okuizumocho
  • Misawa Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Nita-gun Okuizumocho
  • Fukumitsu Castle Ruins
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    Shimane Oda-shi
  • Mori Jinya Ato
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi

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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