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  • 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...

  • 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.
  • 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)
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    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
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    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...

  • The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt Sanbe - Sahimel
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    4.0
    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。

  • 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。

  • Matsue History Museum
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 279
    This is a history museum in the east of Matsue Castle, and is a facility to introduce the history and culture of the Matsue castle town. The building is deeply influenced by the samurai residence style, and houses the national treasures “Matsue Castle Tower Prayer Notes.” The standard exhibit features original items and video materials connected to the Matsue domain and the lives and livelihoods in the castle town. At the building’s high-grade Japanese fresh confections teahouse “Kissa Kiharu,” on top of enjoying tea while looking out over the castle tower and gardens, one can watch the work of artisan Tsugio Itami. Alight at JR Matsue Station and take the municipal bus to Shiomi Nawate.

    The History museum also has a foreigner discount with passport, half price. For 600 yen, we saw the permanent local history exhibit, the temp one on tea ceremony and traditional wall hangings, and...

  • Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo
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    4.5
    320 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 99-4
    This is a history museum located in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. It exhibits materials highlighting the history of Izumo around the Izumo Taisha shrine, and the Iwami silver mine. This museum houses the 358 bronze swords, a national treasure, as well as bronze spearheads, and dotaku (a bell-shaped bronze vessel supposed to have been put to some ceremonial use) from the Kojindani ruins and 39 dotaku from the Kamoiwakura Ruins. The Uzu pillar groupings, thought to be from the Izumotaisha inner shrine dating back to mid-13th century and many other treasures are displayed. A miniature replica model of Izumotaisha inner shrine during the Heian period can be seen too. The museum also houses the Shinwa mythology theater, a cafe, and shop.

    good for take time visit here to know more about japan ancient story & religion esp for Izumo is important place of it.

  • Izumo Folk Crafts Museum
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Chimiyachou 628
    The Izumo Folk Craft Museum, opened in 1974, is housed within a renovated part of the traditional farmhouse of the Yamamoto family who are known to have been the wealthiest farmers in Izumo. The museum has on display a collection of pieces from all over the country with a particular focus on Shimane Prefecture which includes ceramics and lacquer ware used in people’s everyday lives, wooden items, textiles, dyed objects and metal works, etc. The Nagayamon Gate, built in the Edo period, was erected by the same master builder who constructed the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. The main building is currently used as a residence and the rice granary and timber store, now display rooms, are of high historical value. The nearest station is Nishi-Izumo Station.

    A low-key, casual approach masks an utterly awe-inspiring collection of objects held in a massive traditional farm-house. Massive wooden chests, beautiful cloth and stunning ceramics are the...

  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Nitagunokuizumochou Yokota 1380-1
    The Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum has exhibitions on the history of the Tatara (traditional Japanese steelmaking method) in recent centuries and on the Nittoho Tattara (a Tatara steel-making furnace which was established in 1977 to ensure a reliable supply of the type of steel needed for making traditional Japanese swords), along with displays of swords made using traditional Tamahagane steel. Videos and replicas are used to explain the steelmaking process in an easy-to-understand way, making this a good museum to bring the kids to. Mr. Kobayashi, a sword-smith based in Okuizumo, gives demonstrations of traditional Japanese steel-forging and sword-making techniques twice a month, which are well worth seeing.

    ダム巡り中に立ち寄った道の駅で存在を知り見学。 まず受付横のビデオを勧められましたが、これを見てから内部を見ると理解が一層深まります。 展示の玉鋼は品質の違いで複数並べていますが、その違いもしっかり見られます。 たたら炉の巨大模型も圧巻でした。 日本刀も展示してあり、足を運んでも損はない場所でした。

  • Izumo Yayoinomori Museum
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    3.5
    9 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Otsuchou 2760
    During the Yayoi period, huge Yosumi burial mounds were created in the Izumo region, which involved a considerable expenditure of time and effort. Nishidani Tomb No. 3 is an example of the perfected form of the Yosumi burial mound; the Izumo Yayoinomori Museum, which is located near the Nishidani tombs, shows visitors how the Izumo rulers were buried, making effective use of large models. The Museums’ permanent exhibition showcases some of the large quantity of earthenware vessels that were excavated from Nishidani Tomb No. 3, and also has displays on Izumo in the Yayoi period. There is an experiential activity area where visitors can try their hand at making Yayoi-style clothing and necklaces, etc.

    ちょっと時間が空いたので前から気になっていた博物館に来ました。初めて入りましたが割りと分かりやすい展示で入場無料を満喫しました。出雲地域の古代古墳文化を学ぶには良い施設だと思いました。

  • Kitchokan
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoushurimen 735-5
    Held on January 3 each year, the Kitcho-san festival involves a procession around the town carrying 10-meter-high banners caked “Kitcho-ban” that are embroidered with the characters for Toshitoku-jin (the Goddess of Auspicious Directions). The Kitchokan showcases the “Kitcho-ban” banner and the history, culture and traditional ceremonies of the Taisha Town. The Kitchokan building is constructed in the style of a Shinto shrine; the glittering gold-colored lucky “fans” on the roof are particularly striking. There is a tourist information desk and restrooms, making this a good place to get tourist information for the Izumo area.
  • Archeological Museum of Kojindani
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoukamba 873-8
    The Archeological Museum of Kojindani is located adjacent to the Kojindani archeological site; the museum was completed in 2005 to serve as the site museum. The Museum has replicas of the bronze swords, bronze bells and bronze spearheads that were excavated at the Kojindani site, along with explanatory panels, and videos showing documentary footage of the excavations, etc. Besides the permanent exhibitions, the museum also hosts lectures and special thematic exhibitions, as well as other special events such as opportunities to experience planting and harvesting ancient rice strains, etc. The museum shop sells a range of souvenir gifts etc. with designs based on the ancient rice strains, lotus seeds and bronze artifacts discovered at Kojindani; there is an impressive range of gift items that cannot be purchased anywhere else.
  • Izumo Science Center
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Imaichichou 1900-2
    This interactive science center is located in Izumo city, Shimane prefecture. You can enjoy learning science from a variety of perspectives thanks to the extensively diverse facilities—science hall with large screens, infrared cameras and digital stereo microscope, digital planetarium, and an interactive display plaza where you can touch the mysteries of science directly. Events like open experiments and interactive classes are held periodically.

    散策のときに立ち寄ってみました。子供連れの家族連れ向きのスポットで、平日昼間はあまり人がおりませんでした。昔を思い出せる場所となっておりました。

  • Historical Museum of Iron
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    Shimane Unnan Yoshidacho Yoshida 2533
    "A museum where you can learn about Japan's unique tatara iron making tradition and its techniques. It's roughly divided into two parts, ""Tatara Iron and its Techniques"" and ""Iron Mining and Blacksmiths."" It showcases the tradition in an accessible way with numerous exhibits. The influence of the acquisition of iron making technologies on the communities that had until then relied on tools made of stone and wood was enormous. You'll learn how it gradually became an indispensable part of their lives."
  • Kabeya Shuseikan
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Shimane Nita-gun Okuizumo Cho Kamiai 1655
    This history museum contains cultural properties which belonged to the Okuizumo Sakurai, a clan which traced its lineage to Warring States period general Ban Naoyuki. The museum displays folk cultural properties as well as tools used by the Sakurai clan, who served as the head blacksmiths of Matsue Matsudaira Domain, to engage in tatara ironmaking. The museum also displays pieces by Nanga painter Tanomura Chokunyu, who stayed here in the Meiji period; other paintings and works of art; and tea ceremony porcelain, and visitors can experience the culture of the Okuizumo area, which revolves around the history of tatara ironmaking.

    今日は島根県雲南市にある桜の名所巡りをしました。早朝出発して10時30分に最初の名所である、桜井家庭園に到着。可部屋集成館は公益財団法人で「たたらの文化遺産」だそうで、奥出雲の桜井家累代にわたり伝えられたものを集大成した歴史資料館で、戦国の武将塙團右衛門の末裔家で、大阪夏の陣で討死したそうです。その後嫡男が母方の桜井家を名乗り福島正則に仕えるも改易になり、現在の高野町で「野だたら」を始めたのが、鉄...

  • Yunotsu Ya Kimono Museum
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    Shimane Oda-shi Yunotsucho Yunotsu I22-2
  • Oki Local Hall
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    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho 749-4
  • Gokahajimeseikan
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Kori 615-1

    You can learn about the history and culture of Oki here, through displays and videos about Bull Sumo (cows), Oki Koten Sumo (men) and many unique festivals. The kitchen next door serves delicious...

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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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