Other Sightseeing Spots in Shimane Area

  • Yuushien Garden
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Yatsukachouhanyu 1260-2
    The largest Japanese garden surrounding a pond in the San’in region, which opened in 1975, is located on Daikonshima Island in a lake called Nakaumi (Middle Sea) in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. It is an idyllic garden of a simple and subdued refinement with its black pine, a waterfall, and Yukimi (snow viewing) lanterns in the center of the pond. It is famous for its peony and other seasonal flowers. In addition to the interior garden Peony Hall, where you can appreciate peony throughout the year, a Spring Peony Festival is held from late April to mid-May when about 20,000 trees of 250 species of peony color the garden. There are also places to eat and shops available. Goods using the special product Ginseng are popular.

    This is the third Japanese garden that I have visited. I am always amazed with Japanese garden. This garden is identically with Peony flower and we even saw Sakura flower although Cherry blossom has...

  • Momen Kaido Cotton Road
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Hiratacho 841

    I went here during Mochi matsuri so the town is lively at this time. The streets have this old japan vibes to it.

  • Akao Observatory
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    Shimane Oki-gun Nishinoshima Cho Urago

    We had a walk up the cliff overlooking the sea and rocks. How beautifull it was! Its easily accessible by car too.

  • Hori Teien Garden
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    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Muraki 795
    "A garden that includes the main house of Hori Tojuro, an Edo period copper mine official called the ""Mining King of Western Honshu."" The roughly 6.5-hectare grounds consist of the main garden from the Edo period, the Meiji period Rakuzan-so reception hall, and the Warakuen garden from the Taisho period. It's been recognized as a National Place of Scenic Beauty. Created in 1897, Rakuzan-so's grounds feature a pond-centered strolling garden with a waterfall and a three-legged stone lantern against a rocky mountain back drop. It has 17 lanterns of different sizes and a small shrine, as well as maple trees, azaleas, and satsuki rhododendrons. Lots of visitors come when the leaves turn colors in fall."

    堀家は鎌倉時代、津和野に地頭として下向した吉見氏に従って畑迫に土着した一族で、戦国時代には吉見氏のもとで鉱山開発を行っていた。 堀氏が居住した畑ヶ迫村には銀山があったことから、大いに栄えたようです。

  • Manpukuji Temple
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    Shimane Masuda-shi Higashimachi 25-33
    A temple built in the Heian period as the Masuda training facility for the Jishu school of Buddhism. At that time it was called Anfukuji Temple and was near the mouth of Masuda River. It was washed away by an enormous tsunami in 1026. The temple was rebuilt at its current location in 1374 and given the name it has today. The main hall consists of an about 13-meter-square single-story building that preserves architectural features from the Kamakura period. Although the main gate was burned down in the Masudaguchi War, the main hall and the temple kitchen were left intact and remain as they were when the temple was founded. The temple features many cultural assets important to medieval Masuda culture, including a garden created by Sesshu, a Niga Byakudo-zu painting showing the teachings of Buddhism, and a Kanan-sansai vase acquired through pre-modern European trade.

    A must do. We stopped to say hi to Kuniko Obasan. She and her husband work there and are amazing! She took us on a private tour. There is so much rich history here.

  • Unjuji Temple
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi Kiyoicho 281
    A Rinzai Zen Buddhist temple that is counted among of the oldest Zen temples in the Izumo region. It was founded in 1322 by the priest Koho Kakumyo who had earned the trust of Emperor Godaigo and Emperor Gomurakami. The precious large shikyakumon four-pillared gate at the end of the pine tree lined approach dates from the 1300s and escaped fires, helping it survive to the present day. The precincts are also home to one of the prefecture's few Korean bells. The temple is also a popular spot for viewing azaleas; the site of hundreds of them blooming together is superb.

    清水寺に行く途中で立ち寄りました。駐車場がやや貧弱でしたが、手書きの案内に従って進むと素晴らしい楼門や庭園がありました。本堂も予想以上に立派でした。中国観音霊場なので観音様の像もありました。社務所で御朱印をいただくことができました。

  • Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Taishacho Hinomisaki 1478

    日御碕灯台に来れば間違いなく前を通ると思います。無料で見学できます。灯台のしくみなどを真面目に解説しています。小さな資料展示室ですので、時間もかかりません。灯台に来た際には立ち寄っても損はないと思います。

  • Eshima Ohashi Bridge
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    Shimane Prefecture Matsue City Yatsukacho-Sakaiminato City Tomachi
    "A 10-minute drive from JR Sakaiminato Station or 45 minutes from the Yonago Interchange on the Yonago Expressway. The longest prestressed concrete rigid-frame bridge in Japan, it spans Nakaumi Lake, connecting Yatsuka-cho, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture with Watari-cho, Sakaiminato City, Tottori Prefecture. The bridge's highest point is 45 meters above the water of the lake in order to allow the passage of 1,446.2 meter-long, 5,000-ton ships underneath. Featured in a television commercial for a car because of its steep slope on one side, it has also come to be known as ""pedal to the metal hill"" due to a line from that commercial. Located on the Matsue City side, the actual grade of the slope is just 6.1%, but the commercial's shooting angles and methods made it look almost like a vertically rising wall."
  • Tsuwano Tonomachi Road
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    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda
    This street rich in an atmosphere of an old castle town has samurai residences and namako kabe (walls covered with square tiles jointed with raised plaster) lining the street. There are many historical buildings gathered here such as the Hanko Yorokan (Tsuwano Domain School), a Catholic Church, and the Tsuwano clan old Tago Family residence. The roadside canals are beautiful with more than 1,000 Nishikigoi carps swimming in them. Early summer is especially recommended as irises bloom against the white walls in the background.
  • Peony Garden Daikonshima-Honjin
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Yatsukachounyukou 441-1
    This is where visitors can enjoy viewing peony flowers and also see Tottori goldfish (Izumo nankin), known as swimming jewels and designated as a Natural Monument. The garden sells peony pot plants and Izumo nankin goldfish. Various other seasonal flowers can be enjoyed as well. The season for peonies is between mid-April to mid-May and between October and January.
  • Okuizumo Orochi Loop
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    Shimane Nita-gun Okuizumocho Yakawa 2500-294
    "Japan's largest double-loop road is 105-meter difference of elevation and has of 11 bridges of various sizes and three tunnels. It was built to resemble Yamata-no-orochi, an eight-headed, eight-tailed serpent from Japanese mythology that forms a double-coiled spiral. The eye-catching red of the Miino Bridge is a take on the flames used to make tatara steel, as well as the fire blown by Yamata-no-orochi. Lots of tourists stop for a break from driving and to purchase souvenirs at ""Oku-Izumo Orochi Loop"" Roadside Station and the Okuizumo Steel Sculpture Museum on National Route 314 that connects Hiroshima Prefecture and Shimane Prefecture. The loop has also received the Human Road Forum Awards' highest prize, with a theme of ""Making Roads that Harmonize with People and Vehicles."""
  • Shiomi Nawate Street
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou Around
    A 500 meter long street where the former residences of mid-ranking Edo period samurai stand located along the moat on the north side of Matsue Castle in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The street is a Matsue City Designated Traditional Beautiful Sight District. The area retains the most remnants of the city’s castle town history, including the former residence of Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn), the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, an old retreat once used by the seventh lord of Matsue Domain, and former samurai residences open to the general public. There are also magnificent old pine trees lining the street which are believed to have been growing here since the Edo period.
  • Matsue English Garden
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Nishihamasadachou 330-1
    Matsu English Garden is an English-style garden situated on the bank of Lake Shinji. The Garden covers an area of around 10,000 square meters; with many different varieties of flowers blooming at different times of year, it is a very relaxing place to visit. Flower arrangement classes are available, as are guided tours of the Garden. At the Garden restaurant, visitors can enjoy cuisine made using fish caught off the coast nearby, and other seasonal ingredients.
  • Ogawa-ke Sesshu Garden
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    Shimane Gotsu Wakicho 165
    A garden at the former Ogawa family residence in Waki -cho, Gotsu City. It is said that the original garden was created in the middle of the Muromachi period, but was redesigned by the master painter Sesshu, who stayed with the Ogawa family. The roughly 363 square meter garden can be viewed from the study. Combining many standing stone slabs of various sizes with a triad of stones at the center, the two-tiered viewing garden with a pond is incorporated into the hillside. At first glance, the layout of the stones looks random, but it's meant to represent the mythical landscape of Horai Sansui. It looks like the garden's been taken from an ink painting; one of the most famous in the San'in region, it's been designated a Shimane Prefecture Cultural Property.
  • Karakuen Garden
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    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushiroda Ha 17-1
    A Japanese garden on the west bank of the Tsuwano River. The name was given by Yamaguchi Kagenori, the first head of the Yorokan School. The Kamei clan, Tsuwano feudal lords, had their palace in surrounding area. The former clan residence that was built in 1628 and stood for roughly 240-years; today all that's left is a structure called the Babasaki Yagura. Nowadays, it's a local leisure spot and with its many cherry and maple trees is a good place for viewing cherry blossoms and colorful fall foliage. The stone monument at the corner of the garden is dedicated to the former Tsuwano castle lord, Kamei Koremi. The garden has been designated as a prefectural Historic Site along with the turret marking the Tsuwano Castle Ruins.
  • Kokokuji Temple Garden
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Kunidomicho 1301
    Daiunzan Kokokuji belongs to the Myoshinji school of Rinzai Zen Buddhism. It's about a five-minute drive from Tabushi station on the Ichibata Electric Railway. The temple was built in 1322 by the Zen priest Koho Kakumyo with contributions from the Yasukuni clan who ruled locally. The rock garden to the north of the study was created from the middle to late Edo period. It is a quaint garden that incorporates the scenery of the reservoir at Mt. Tabushi and a traditional dry landscape garden characteristic of Zen temples. Trees growing around the pond give the viewer even more of a sense of brightness and grandeur. The garden has appeared time and again in the American publication Journal of Japanese Gardening.
  • Matsue Ohashi Bridge
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Shiro
  • Aoishidatami Street
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Mihonosekicho Mihonoseki
  • Heart Stone
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    Shimane Matsue-shi

Shimane 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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