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  • Mizuwakasu-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Kori 723
    "This shrine is located near Oki Folk Museum in the island town of Oki. First built in the Age of the Gods, the grounds of burial mounds from the later Kofun period(250--538 as a rough guide) still remain on the premises. Described in the Engishiki Jinmyocho (register of shrines in Japan) as a Myojin Taisha or the principal shrine of Oki province, the principal shrine god is Mizuwakasu-no-Mikoto, who guarded the Sea of Japan and the development of Oki province. The Mizuwakasu Shrine Sairei Furyu Festival, one of the three great festivals of the Oki Islands, is held on May 3 every even-numbered year. In addition, it was the stage of the film version of ""Konshin"" written by Kawakami Kenichi and that covered sengu sumo, classic sumo performed once every 20 years."

    This shrine was listed on the Myojin shrines list as a miracle-working god in Japan. It was designated as a cultural asset of national importance. Behind the prayers house, there was a main hall...

  • Yurahime Shrine
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    4.0
    22 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Uragou
    The Yurahime Shrine, which is located in Urago, Nishinoshima Town, Oki County, is renowned as the most prestigious Shinto shrine in Oki and is also called Okinokuni Ichinomiya. The Shrine features in the “Ika-Yose” legend, according to which the goddess Yurahime-no-mikoto was bitten on the finger by a squid while trailing her hand in the water as she was crossing the sea in a boat; as a penance for this evil deed, every year large numbers of squid would throw themselves onto the beach in front of the Yurahime Shrine. This phenomenon is not seen so often now, but apparently in the past large numbers of squid did indeed land on the beach, and traces of this can still be seen today, for example in the watchman’s huts that were erected on the beach to keep watch for a potential good catch of squid.

    Nice little shrine that matches mythology (squid princess) with reality (port location where squid congregate). There is a sumo ring outside

  • Oki Momo Dome
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    3.5
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho Ikeda Furo Mae 19-1
    "A bull fighting ring a ten-minute drive from Saigo Port. Here you can watch the tradition that is said started as entertainment for Emperor Gotoba after he was banished to Oki. The Japanese raised bulls aged two to six years exceed 1,000 kilograms are considered ""yokozuna"" class. The bulls crashing into each other locking horns is a powerful sight to behold. Competitions are held three times a year. Generally if a bull runs away he loses, but occasionally bullfights are held for visitors where there are no winners or losers."

    The island has over 800 years history of bullfight, and its history is the oldest in Japan. Several villages has their bullfight ring, and they hold bullfight games quarterly. This place hold...

  • Lunch House Conseil
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    4.0
    12 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Mita 2152-1
    In this restaurant visitors can enjoy a lunch that changes daily, set meals, noodle dishes, bowls of rice with various toppings and even karaoke in the evening. You can also enjoy turban shell on rice and turban shell curry in the bright and open-air restaurant. Reservations are necessary at night due to irregular closing, so please confirm in advance.

    I was told to try sazae-don (turban shell on rice) by the locals, so I visited this restaurant for lunch. I am not a huge fan of shellfish, but this dish was very tasty. My friends chose other...

  • Nishiwaki fishmongers
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    4.5
    8 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Uragou 677
    Nishiwaki is a fishmonger’s shop (fresh fish shop) located in Urago, Nishinoshima Town, Oki County. It sells fresh fish, specializing in local fish species, as well as home-made sun-dried fish products. Nishiwaki also serves sashimi set meals and fresh fish set meals; visitors can also have fish that they have purchased in the store barbecued (this service is available even for solo visitors).

    If you are hungry and want to eat some local seafood, make sure you stop here for lunch! Nishiwaki-san and his wife will make sure you do not leave hungry. They have an English menu, which helps with...

  • Oki Nature Museum
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    4.0
    7 Reviews
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    Shimane Oki-gun Okinoshimacho Nakamachi Oki Port Plaza 2F
    A nature museum located across from Saigo Port, the gateway to Oki Island. On the second floor of Oki Port Plaza, visitors learn about the ecosystem and natural characteristics of Daisen-Oki National Park. The exhibits include animals, plants, insects, birds, and other fauna native to Oki, making it easy to get in touch with the nature of the island. Located in the Sea of Japan, the island was connected to the San'in mainland until about 20,000 years ago. Over time that transition created a unique ecosystem and geological features that have led to its designation as part of a UNESCO Global Geopark. Original Nature Museum merchandise from their first floor gift shop makes ideal Oki souvenirs.

    何度もビューポートホテルに泊まっているのに、ちらっと見た二階の展示はあれだけだと思い、奥の自然館を見逃していました‼︎ 何ととても興味深い展示が色々! いきなりナウマンゾウの牙や歯から始まり、 さっき見てきた二億五千年前に出来た隠岐片麻岩を顕微鏡で見れたり… 水若酢命神社の、7年前台風で折れた八百杉もありました。触れていい香りがしました。 隠岐は本当に太古からの自然の宝庫。 観光する前に自...

  • Emperor Gotoba Museum
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    3.5
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Oki-gun Amacho Ama
    A museum opposite Oki-jinja Shrine, which honors Emperor Gotoba. In a modern Japanese-Western-style building near old pine trees, it mainly has displays related to him. Emperor Gotoba is said to have lived in Ama Town after being exiled to Oki. The museum, the shrine, and the Emperor's burial site are all close together, so many people visit all three. Texts said to have been written when he was afflicted by disease and a long sword that's been designated a prefectural Cultural Property are on display.

    隠岐神社の鳥居前にある資料館。隠岐神社まで行ったなら手軽に立ち寄れるが、それ以外であればわざわざ行く価値があるかどうかはかなり微妙。内部は思った程広くなく、正直値段を考えればコスパはギリギリに近いところ。

  • Sentoraru-tei
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Okigunamachou Fukui 1365-5 Cinnamonha Center 2F
    "At this restaurant, located in the ""Jokyukaido Kinnyamonya Center"", a place for locals to gather and spread information of the town, guests can enjoy various local dishes from the town of Ama. You can try dishes such as ""White squid sashimi"", ""Rock Oysters Haruka"", ""Oki Soba"", and ""Sazae Curry"". ""Cold Shimame marinade on rice bowl"" (marinated squid), was popular nationally in the rice bowl competition, is also available. The unique island style menu is also available at ""Shan yama"" within the center."
  • Matengai Cliff
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Uragou
    This sheer 250-meter cliff is part of the Kuniga Coast in the national park on Nishinoshima Island, part of the Oki Islands. The whole area, including the Matengai Cliff, has been designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty. The precipitous faces of these rough basalt coastal cliffs worn down by the movement of the sea look as though they were cut with a knife. The area has been chosen as one of Japan's top 100 sunset viewing spots. About two kilometers of boardwalk connect the Matengai Cliff and Kuniga Beach. It's not so far, but as there is also a 250-meter difference in elevation, getting there and back takes from 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Dangyo Falls
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Nagu
    This waterfall is located in the area of Dangyo Shrine in the island town of Oki. The 40 meter waterfalls, which drop from both sides of Dangyo Shrine standing on a cliff, were used for living water and agricultural water since long ago. Made up of Osudaki Falls (also known as Urami Falls, where you can see the back) and Mesudaki Falls, there is still the tradition of cleansing the body with water from the falls on the night before bullfighting tournaments and Oki Classical Sumo tournaments for long life, success in battle and to prevent fires. In addition, it has been chosen as one of Japan's top 100 waterfalls because of the abundant amount of water.
  • Takuhi Shrine
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Mita
    Located in Mita, Nishinoshima Town, Oki County, Shimane Prefecture, the Takuhi Shrine is situated on the slopes of Mt. Takuhi, the highest mountain in the vicinity of Okinoshima Island. The Takuhi Shrine has since ancient times attracted large numbers of worshippers, as it was believed that the deity enshrined there could ensure the safety of mariners at sea. The Shrine buildings that visitors see today are the result of renovation work in the Kyoho period (1716-1736); the Takuhi Shrine has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property. The area around the Takuhi Shrine has lush vegetation, including both temperate and subtropical plant species, and has been designated as a Prefectural Special Natural Monument.
  • Chibu Sekiheki (Red Cliffs)
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunchibumura
    Chiburi Sekiheki (Red Cliffs) is an area of precipitous cliffs that extends for approximately one kilometer on the west coast of Chiburi-jima Island. The rock, which has been eroded by the action of the waves, is a reddish-brown color, which contrasts beautifully with the white spray of the ocean. The cliffs are particularly spectacular when viewed at dusk in the light of the setting sun. Oki Chiburi Sekiheki has been designated as a National Place of Scenic Beauty (in 1935) and as a National Natural Monument.
  • Tamawakasu-Mikoto Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Shimonishi 713
    The Tamawakasu-Mikoto Shrine is located in Shimonishi, Okinoshima Town , Oki County. The Shrine is dedicated to Tamawakasu-no-mikoto, and is one of the chief shrines in the Oki region. According to tradition, the “Yao-sugi” cedar tree in the Shrine grounds was planted by Yao-bikuni (a female Buddhist disciple called Yao); the tree is said to be over 2,000 years old, and has been designated as a National Natural Monument.
  • Kuniga Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Prefecture Oki gun Nishinoshima cho
    The Kuniga Coast was designated a National Place of Scenic Beauty in 1938, and has also been designated a National Natural Monument. As a result of erosion by the fierce waves of the Sea of Japan, there is a seven kilometer stretch of coast running from east to west with more or less continuous cliffs, precipices and sea-caves, creating what has been described as the most beautiful scenery in the Oki region. There are cliffs more than 100 meters in height at various points along the coast, including one 257-meter-high cliff that looks as though it had been carved out with a giant knife, and which is the highest sea-cliff in Japan.
  • Kuniga Coast Sightseeing Boat Trips
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Akiya Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunamachou Toyoda
    The Akiya Coast is famous for its beautiful scenery. The brown rocks of Byobu-iwa and the other rocks protruding out of the sea make a gorgeous contrast with the emerald green ocean. The name “Akiya” derives from a legend that says that a goddess gave birth here. There is a municipal campsite and a sea-bathing area, so the Akiya Coast attracts a lot of visitors, especially in summer. Byobu-iwa is especially popular with couples, because it has a heart-shaped hole in it, and is said to have magical powers for strengthening romantic ties.
  • Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunamachou Fukui 1365-5
    Located in the Okinoshima Island, the Jokyu Sea Way Kinnyamonya Center was opened in 2002. It functions as a terminal for Oki Kisen ferries and other domestic boat services, buses, taxis, etc., while also housing the Ama Town tourist information office, the Ama Town fishermen's association direct sales outlet, and the offices of Section Three of the Industrial Promotion Department of Ama Town Office. There is a wide selection of local specialty products on sale, including locally-produced vegetables, rice, etc., and there are snack bars and restaurants where visitors can enjoy local cuisine.
  • Rosoku-jima Sightseeing Boat
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Shirashima Coast
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Okigunokinoshimachou Nishimura
    Shirashima Coast is a collective term for Cape Shirashima, which juts out into the ocean at the northernmost end of Dogo Island (the largest island in Oki Islands), Okinoshima Island, Matsushima Island and the neighboring small islands. This area has spectacular scenery, with white cliffs “floating” above azure seas; the Shirashima Coast has been designated as a National Natural Monument. The observation platform at the Cape offers impressive views.
  • Ando Corporation Honten
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    Shimane Pref. Okigunnishinoshimachou Beppu 4
    In 1910, Ando Store began as a brewer of soy sauce and refined sake, and continues to sell local sake and souvenirs as a retail store today. They offer local specialties, candy, and Kaiso Shochu Isokko—a popular local sake. For a fee, you can try out various sakes in the taste-test corner, allowing you to find the sake that suits you best. Approximately two minutes on foot from Beppu Port Ferry Terminal.

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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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