Souvenirs Spots in Shimane Area

  • Izumo Magatama no Sato Museum
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    3.5
    49 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchouyumachi 1755-1
    This Izumo magatama-themed sightseeing facility is about a five-minute walk from JR Tamatsukuri-Onsen Station. Tamatsukuri has long been known as Japan’s capital for magatama/stone production, and it is written in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) that Susanoo-no-mikoto slew the serpent Yamata no Orochi and offered a magatama fashioned in Tamatsukuri to the goddess Amaterasu. The Magatama Museum teaches visitors about the history of the magatama and information about natural stones. The main attraction is the blue meno (agate) magatama, which weighs in at over 75 kilograms. There’s also a workshop where artisans can teach you how to make your own magatama and personal seals. The adjoining restaurant offers a great view of Lake Shinji.

    This is the only place in Japan that cut and carve stone into a comma shape called Magatama. It is somehow looks like yin and yang. Magatama has been worn as aun amulet to protect the warlords from...

  • Shussaigama Pottery Co., Ltd
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    4.5
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoushussai 3368
    This is a pottery kiln established in 1947 by five young local men in Hikawa Town, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. All the processes from preparing the clay to the firing stage are carried out on the premises, and there is a huge climbing kiln and raw material storage installed at the workshop. Like rustic and beautiful wild-flowers, there are many easy and simple to use every day items are produced. There are always thousands of works in the exhibition hall and shop. There are a variety of works, including bowls in a calm blue color, called “Shussai Deep Blue”, are available for sale. Visitors can also see the inside of the workshop.

    Every time we come to Japan my better half drags me up to Matsue to meet her nursery school friend who patiently drives us all the way to Shussai-gama so we can spend an hour or so browsing around...

  • Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall
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    3.5
    51 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 509-1
    "This is a beer hall where you can enjoy a Matsue local beer called ""Beer Hearn"". Also, at the beer restaurant visitors can eat Shimane Wagyu Beef and Shinjiko Shicchin, seven types of seafoods that can be found in the Seto Inland Sea. You can also enjoy five types of local beers at the beer counter overlooking the souvenir corner and the beer factory. It is a convenient facility that is walking distance from the Matsue Castle and Shiomi Nawate tourist site lined with traditional Japanese houses. "

    Had a very good Japanese lunch as part of a tour group. Hot plate between 4 people with choices of meats and fish to place and cook. Good local beer 540 yen each. Took the canal boat cruise from the...

  • Notsu Meno Main Shop
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    5.0
    1 Reviews
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Tonomachi 407
    This agate craft and natural mineral shop was founded in 1921. This region is filled with the atmosphere of Izumo myths, and has carried on the tradition of making sacred magatama stones since ages past. Magatama stones are mysterious objects of worship, dating back to the distant past and said to resemble both a sprouting seed, and a human fetus. Today, they are often worn in a prayer for health, emotional stability, and recovery from illness. The attached workshop offers classes on making your own original bracelet or phone strap (reservations required). You can also reserve a tour to observe their own workshop where they use traditional skills to make these mystical stones.

    めのうが主体であるものの、それ以外の石も扱っています。ブレスレットなどはその場で石を選んで作ることもできます。店員さんの優しいアドバイスもあり、自分の気に入った一品を見つけることができると思います。松江で石を探すならここが一番だと思います。

  • Meno Shop Kawashima
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    4.0
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Tonomachi 193
    This shop just in front of Matsue castle specializes in agate crafts. Founded in 1877, they specialize in creating Magatama stones, small comma-shaped traditional charms, made from the increasingly rare Izumo-mined blue agate (also jasper or Izumo stone). Their original magatama designs are based on ancient patterns and created with long, painstaking care. The thickness, curve, and polished texture are all obsessively worked to create a unique finished form. Their deeply blue stones are made with all the pride of the Sanin region's oldest stone shop.

    店構えがいかにも高級な感じがする勾玉やメノウを扱っているお店です。でも入ってみると、ストラップなど若者向けの製品もあったりして、カジュアルと高級品の両方ありますので、結構楽しめます。

  • Enmusubi Chopsticks Hiranoya
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukiminami 838-6
    Enmusubi Chopsticks Hiranoya is a shop located in front of the main gate of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. The shop is famous for selling chopsticks (enmusubi chopsticks) which have been introduced in the media as local Izumo souvenirs. The enmusubi chopsticks dedicated to a shrine of marriage not only encapsulate the bond between a man and woman but also of all things such as family, work, health and personal relationships. The shop has over 100 different kinds of chopsticks and your name can be written on the chopsticks free of charge. The chopsticks are perfect not only as a gift for auspicious occasions such as a wedding or 60th birthday but also as a gift for oneself or friends.
  • En-musubi Yaegaki Yae
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sakusachou 220-6
    You’ll find this souvenir shop next to Yaegaki Shrine, famous as the shrine of marriage. There’s a restaurant as well. The shop offers “mizuhiki” (decorative Japanese cords made from twisted paper), natural stone accessories, “goshuin-cho” (booklets for collecting red seals from sacred spots), Japanese arts and crafts, sweets, and other items related to Yaegaki Shrine and the legends of Izumo. “Power stones” purified in this sacred spot known for bringing good luck to lovers make a popular gift. The restaurant serves handmade soba created with Izumo ingredients as well as hash and rice, udon noodles, and more. Take the bus from Matsue Station and get off at the Yaegaki Shrine stop.
  • Kaori Honpo Nakamuraya
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    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou Ginzan Tochi Hagitani
    You’ll find this “scent pouch” specialty store in Omori Town, Ohda City, Shimane Prefecture, a town famous for the World Heritage Site Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. When air was sent down to the Ginzan mines, it is said aromas were sent down as well. This shop sells handmade scent pouches as souvenirs. The original scent pouches that contain a mixture of kuromoji (spicebush), which grows natively in the area, and herbs not only has a scent that lasts a long time, but also has a cute Japanese design. Even if the scent fades, tapping the top of the pouch should make it stronger.
  • Fundoya Shichiemon Mercantile House
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Mouth 190
    This is a Japanese general goods store located on Tsuwano Tonomachi-dori Street in Ushiroda, Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi County. The store was rebuilt using wood remaining after a fire in 1853 and is called the “after fire building”. It has been designated as a nationally Tangible Cultural Property. Originally it was a long-established store with a history of more than 300 years serving the Tsuwano clan, and currently sells small Japanese items such as incense and Japanese paper products.
  • Nagata-senkojo dyeing workshop
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Otsuchou 1109
    Nagata-senkojo is a dyeing workshop located in Otsu Town, Izumo City. Nagata-senkojo has preserved the traditional Tsutsugaki-aizome indigo dyeing technique, which has been designated as Intangible Cultural Heritage by Shimane Prefectural Government. Visitors can view the dyeing process and displays of items made using the technique, and they can also purchase souvenir gifts, such as indigo dyed handkerchiefs, etc.
  • Taisha-no-Iwaidako Kites Takahashi
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 724
    Taisha-no-Iwaidako Kites Takahashi has worked hard at making celebratory kites—the taisha-no-Iwaidako decorations and good luck charms—trying to maintain the legacy created by his grandfather and carried through three generations. Each kite is carefully constructed by hand. They were chosen as a Local Traditional Craft for Shimane prefecture in 1982.
  • Local Industry Promotion Center
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Shimane Gotsu Kakushicho I405
    An Industrial Promotion Center just off Gotsu Interchange on the San'in Expressway. It sells traditional Iwami handicrafts and specialty products such as Sekishu washi paper and Iwami-yaki pottery. Iwami-yaki pottery has flourished since the Edo period, and it came to be used nationwide for water jugs due to its strength and durability. Those qualities are still in part of the pottery made today for a variety of day-to-day purposes like storing pickled vegetables and miso. The facility's second floor has training rooms available for various conferences and meetings. It is also possible to remove the partitions and use the single large room for exhibitions. Every March they hold their Local Industry Festival with displays and sales of local specialty products.
  • Atonesu Izumo
    Shopping
    Shimane Izumo-shi Ekikitamachi 10-3 (Higashidate) 11 (Nishi)
    "A shopping plaza at Izumo Station, the gateway to Izumo. It consists of two floors: Nishikan, which handles San'in souvenirs and specialties, and Higashikan, which has shops dedicated to daily goods and other merchandise. There's an Izumo Tourism Association branch and the ""Station Baby Room"" for nursing mothers. The center is an essential spot for locals and tourists alike. They also hold various events such as a summer beer garden and the Enbiki Soba Festival."
  • Meyona Shingu
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Tamayucho Tamatsukuri 325
    "This is the only workshop in Japan that still presents magatama beads to the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, and it was founded in an area known for bead-making that became the set for myths. The workshop continues to make ""Izumo magatama"" used when the ""Izumo Kokuzo"" of the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine would conduct rituals at the imperial palace for new emperors. It is in the country's leading production area for beads that has produced large quantities of magatama and beads since ancient times. The mysterious shape and deep, beautiful color still fascinate people, and make them feel like they have a mysterious spiritual power. ""Yasakani no Magatama"" is one of the three types of sacred treasures that mark the succession of the throne, along with the ""Yata no Kagami"" mirror and ""Kusanagi"" sword."
  • Unzengama
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Tamayucho Fujina 428-8
    "This pottery kiln with a history of nearly 250 years began as an old kiln for the Matsue clan in the Edo period (1603-1868). It is located about a four-minute drive from JR Nogi Station, and continues to produce traditional Fujina ware and pottery with modern designs that blend in with modern life. It once worked on tea utensils favored by Fumai-ko, the clan leader who was a master of the tea ceremony. Because he liked replicas of masterpieces of the time, they are characterized by having a delicate and elegant appearance reminiscent of Kyoto. In recent years, the kiln has been working on things such as warm and gentle blue containers using Izumo celadon and ""namakoyu"" glazing, as well as containers with exotic patterns."
  • Nakaura Honpo (Shamine Matsue Store)
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Asahimachi 472-2 JR Matsue Sta. Konai
    "This souvenir shop is located inside Shamine Matsue, a commercial facility directly connected to Matsue Station. The shop sells many San'in regional specialties, including the San'in confectionery Dojo Sukui Manju that have comical faces. Created in 1967, the Dojo Sukui Manju are gentle-tasting manju buns made to resemble masks from the ""Dojo Sukui Dance"" and blue polka-dot patterned tenugui (hand towels). In addition to white bean paste characterized by its slight sweetness, there is a rich variety of items such as matcha bean paste, chocolate bean paste and strawberry bean paste. Their shijimi clams that use clams from Lake Shinji and dried flying fish characterized by a crisp and sweet taste are also popular items."
  • Hirose-gasuri Indigo Dye Workshop
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Kitahoricho 322
    This indigo dyeing workshop carries on the tradition of Hirose Gasuri, a prefectural Intangible Cultural Property. This facility is near the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, and sells indigo dyed goods as well as offering activities allowing you to make your own. The traditional craft of Hirose Gasuri uses a wide variety of medium sized geometric patterns as well as picturesque patterns, and is said to have found its beginning in a dyeing style taught in nearby Yonago in 1824, in the Hoki Province that is today the western part of Tottori Prefecture. The style is characterized by precise geometric patterns marked by stark contrast in the blue dyeing (using naturally fermented indigo liquid), with the threads woven to bring out the patterns with exactness. At this workshop, you can use rubber bands to create your own design in their Dyeing Activity, resulting in a one-of-a-kind piece for the cost of a single coin!
  • Yakumonuri Yamamoto lacquerware
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Suetsuguhonmachi 45
    This lacquerware shop is on Matsue Ohashi-dori avenue, extending from the north end of the Matsue Ohashi bridge across Lake Shinji. Founded in 1890, it has helped to carry on the traditional craft of Yakumo-nuri lacquer, which developed as part of traditional tea ceremony culture. Yakumonuri layers transparent lacquer over patterns and pictures drawn with colored lacquer, and is marked by how age and use actually improves the translucency of the lacquer. It has gentle, almost damp-feeling texture, and it only grows more lustrous and attractive with age. This shop has used traditional skills to create a modern style, as well, creating amber lacquer cups without any base pattern. Variations in light can cause the color to range from amber to red, or even purple, for a singular item of outstanding elegance.
  • Kuwanoki Kagura Shop
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Hamada Kanagicho Shimokurubara 1541-8
    The Kagura shop is inside Yuya Onsen Refresh Park Kinta no Sato. They make and sell costumes and items for Iwami's traditional cultural art of Iwami Kagura. These extravagant brocade costumes, woven of costly silver and gold thread, are essential for the performances, and are marked by the meticulous care of every stitch, all of it done by hand. In addition to offering inspections of gold brocade samples, they also offer introductions to the various completed costumes and accoutrements used in Kagura. This shop not only produces goods for local Iwami Kagura, but all the various traditional performing arts around Japan. It's perfect for browsing after soaking in the onsen at Refresh Park Kinta no Sato.
  • Sasakiya Shamine Matsue Store
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Matsue-shi Asahimachi 472-2 JR Matsue Sta. Konai

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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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