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Pleasure Boat / Water Cruise Spots in Shimane Area

  • Horikawa Pleasure Boat
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    4.5
    260 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 507-1
    A pleasure cruise which goes on a 50 minute tour of the moat surrounding the National Treasure-designated Matsue Castle in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The cruise’s coarse is dotted with famous and elegant castle town sights such as Shiomi Nawate-dori Street and the Former Samurai District. The water birds, flowering plants growing by the water, and other highly seasonal scenery is also a must-see. The cruise boat itself is eight meters long, two meters wide, and covered with a small roof; a toasty kotatsu (table with a blanket and heater underneath) is provided in winter. The Hori River the boat travels is spanned by 17 bridges, and when the boat travels under particularly low bridges, the roof must be lowered to pass.

    A well justified cruise, much more fun than I imagine before embarkation. We join at the pier adjoining to Matsue Castle. In the first 20 minutes, we cruise around the nice and beautiful greenery...

  • HAKUCHOU Boat
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    4.5
    20 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Higashiasahimachi 150-7
    Lake Shinji, designated as one of Japan’s 100 most beautiful sunsets, is known for its amazingly beautiful scenery and for having the largest catch of shijimi clams in Japan. It takes about one hour to enjoy the scenery of Lake Shinji on one of the sightseeing cruises on the pleasure boat, Hakuchou. The sunset cruise, which departs when the sun is going down, is one of their most popular boat trips. A sad legend recalls how a young bride who was bullied by her mother-in-law remains on the only island floating in the lake, Yomegashima Island (literally meaning “young bride island”). Boat port number two is approximately five minutes on foot from JR Matsue Station.

    Even though it was raining, I was able to see the view. I was also able to feel the wideness of the lake and enjoy the view around the mountain. Also, it is very safe since the crews are keeping the...

  • Kuniga Coast Sightseeing Boat Trips
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Uragou
    Kuniga Coast Sightseeing Boat Trips take visitors out to view spectacular coastal scenery such as the Tsutenkyo Arch. One cruise starts from Beppu Harbor and enables passengers to view nearby islands such as Komori-shima Island and Kanmuri-jima Island, while another starts from Urago Harbor, and passes by imposing rock formations and sea-eroded cliffs, including Kanabo-iwa, Shobutsuzo-iwa and Matengai Cliff; on these cruises, visitors can enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery to the utmost. On days when the seas are calm, the boats may also visit sea-caves such as Otohime-goten and Takimi-no-iwaya.
  • Rosoku-jima Sightseeing Boat
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Shiro
    Rosoku-jima (“Candle Island”) is an unusually-shaped rock that rises to a height of around 20 meters above the waves, and which is famous as a spectacular sight at dusk in the setting sun. It derives its name from the fact that, when, the sun is going down in the evening, the top of the rock appears to be lit up like a huge candle. Sightseeing boats depart from Fukuura Wharf and Akasaki Wharf, timing their departure to be near Rosoku-jima at sunset. During the daytime, or if the boats are not operating that day, visitors can also get a good view of the rock from the Rosoku-jima Observation Platform.
  • Kaka Kukedo Sightseeing Boat
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Shimanecho Kaka 6120-14
    "This pleasure cruise tours the Shimane Peninsula, which was said to have been created by the Izumo god Yatsukamizuomizunu-no-Mikoto. It's approximately 30 minutes by car from the Matsue City area. The Kaka-no-Kukedo Course takes in the Shin Kukedo sea cave of lore and the Kyu Kukedo cave, visible from land. Or you might try the course bound for the Seven Caves of Tako, known as Japan's ""blue caves."" These boat trips let you revel in the spectacular scenery of the Shimane Peninsula, which is part of Daisen-Oki National Park."

    フルコースを回ることが出来ず大変残念でした。風の影響で内海から外海に出た途端怖いくらい船が揺れました。やっぱり夏場に訪問するほうが良いのかな?出雲、松江ではいわゆるメジャーなスポットでは無いようですが私自身はもっと脚光を浴びるべきだと思います。自然が作り出した素晴らしい景観は一見の価値があります。次回伺う時には是非とも海上洞窟を通ってみたいなと思います。ちなみに悪天候による短縮バージョンでしたので...

  • Gurutto Matsue Horikawameguri
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 507-1
  • Umiyuenturumaru
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Mita 771-1

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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