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  • Shimane Aquas Aquarium
    137 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Kushirochou 1117-2
    One of the largest aquariums in the Chugoku and Shikoku regions, Aquas is the only aquarium in western Japan where you can see belugas. The aquarium has exhibits some 10 thousand creatures spanning around 400 species, including a penguin exhibit housing four species of penguins, a giant aquarium exhibit focusing on the sharks which appear in the myths of Shimane, an exhibit featuring the flying fish which are the official fish of Shimane Prefecture, and more. The aquarium’s earless seal and sea lion shows are also popular.

    元気な子供たちにぴったり 入場料は他の水族館と同様に高いのですが、十分遊べるため高いと思いませんでした。 雨でも風でも館内を走り回れますし、迷子の心配も少ないと思います。 近くに大きなアスレチックがあってそちらでもしっかり遊べます。年中さんくらいなら一人で滑り台ができそうです。 Entrance fee is not cheap same as other aquariums. But I...

  • Mizuho Highland
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Ochigunonanchou Ichigi 6242-19
    This ski resort offers 14 courses and 5 attractions and is popular with both skiers and snowboarders. It is also popular for having daycare centers available on Saturdays and Sundays and public holidays and during the end and beginning of year holidays. There are also two play rooms for children under elementary school age where parents can let their children play safely. It is also open at nights.
  • Craft Kan in Koboku no mori
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Ochigunonanchou Yakami 7154-10
    This facility is located in the Koboku no Mori Park surrounded by nature and herbs. It is a tourist information center and also sells products made from the herbs grown in the park as well as popular sweets made in Onan Town and local crafts. It also offers classes to make your own original craft items and is a popular spot.
  • Iwami Tatamigaura Beach
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Kokubuchou
    "This is ""Iwami Tatamigaura"" beach, a nationally designated Natural Monument, where visitors can walk along the rock formations from around 16 million years ago. It is a place where visitors can see rare sights such as the fossils of shells and whales and traces of nodules and magma. Free tours from a volunteer guide are available on Sundays and national holidays from March to June and September to November. "
  • Shimane Arts Center - Grand Toit
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Ariakechou 5-15
    This facility is a rare building nationally, serving both as a museum and theater combined. It is a building that uses Sekishu stone tiles on the roof and walls, familiar to the residences of Iwami. The building is beautiful with the characteristic change of expression of the glassy surface of the tiles. A variety of exhibitions and events are held both at the museum and theater to entertain many people.
  • Iwami Seaside Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Kokubuchou 1644-1
    This is a well-equipped facility offering tennis courts, a camping village, a cabin village and auto camping grounds. Day camping and barbeques can be enjoyed near the sea. Reservations are necessary for the cabins and auto camp and can be made at the beginning of the month, five months in advance. Besides playing on the beach there are flowers and green gardens and family parks. The outdoors can be easily enjoyed here.
  • Yu-no-Machi Kagura Theater
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Goutsushi Arifukuonsenchou
    "This hot spring resort is in the retro spa town ""Arifuku Onsen"" and is where Iwami Kagura theater can be enjoyed. The informative commentary, and powerful, magnificent dance is popular. There is a stage on the first floor of a two-story wooden building that can accommodate 30 people. Because the seats and stage are so close you can enjoy the show up close. You don't want to miss this traditional art form performed by the local Kagura group."
  • Roadside Station Yuhi Park Hamada
    55 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Hamadashi Haraichou 1203-1
    Visitors can eat and shop here overlooking the majestic view of the Sea of ??Japan. There is a very popular restaurant on the second floor offering fresh seafood from the Sea of ??Japan as well as the regional specialty, Iwami pork. At the market on the first floor you can buy Hamada brand items including many fish and processed goods. Various kinds of experience classes are also held.


  • Roadside Station Mizuho
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Ochigunonanchou Shimotadokoro 260-3
    This roadside station is popular with people travelling from Hiroshima. The building is designed to look like an old-style sake brewery. Next door is a market selling 400 varieties of freshly caught local seafood and agriculture produce. In addition, the lunchbox of generous amounts of Iwami Beef, as well as the large dishes of sushi, are also popular.
  • Mito Onsen Yumotokan
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Mitochoudukawa Mouth 630-3
    This hot spring opens from five o'clock in the morning and offers an outdoor bath with a whirlpool and a rock bath overlooking the scenery of the nearby mountains. There is also a restaurant and a rest area with a variety of massage machines so that you can relax and rejuvenate. The quality of the hot spring is simple alkaline, said to promote beautiful skin.
  • Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine
    178 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda 409
    This is one of Japan’s five great Inari shrines to the harvest god, known as “Tsuwano Oinarisan.” It is also written as “Inari” incorporating the meanings of having one’s desires fulfilled and great ambitions achieved. In 1773 the lord of the Tsuwano domain Norisada Kamei invited the deity’s spirit from Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and built the shrine. The front shrine and main shrine rebuilt in 1969 can be seen after passing through the vermillion-lacquered torii gate corridor offered by believers. Fried tofu and candles for making an offering can be bought at the shop.

    This is my second time here and it never disappoints me. I was so sick and tired of Fushimi Inari in Kyoto because it was flooded with tourists. Here, you have peace to enjoy the environment with a...

  • Tsuwano Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda
    Tsuwano Castle is also known by another name, “Sanbonmatsu-jo.” During the Mongol invasions of Japan the defense of western provinces was ordered, and Yoshimi Yoriyuki, who was appointed as the feudal lord of the western Iwami Yoshika area, began construction of the fortifications in 1295, and the fortress was completed after 30 years. The castle is a representative mountain castle made by removing soil from the mountain top and creating artificial trenches around the mountain peak, and is one of only a very few castles in which the Middle Age and Modern Age construction specifications are unified. The castle ruins were designated as a National Historic Site in 1942. Visitors can use a sightseeing chair lift to access the honmaru and demaru. The site offers a sweeping view of the town of Tsuwano and the gently flowing Tsuwano River.
  • Morijuku Art Museum
    5 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Morimura A) 542
    This is an art museum located a 15-minute walk from JR Yamaguchi Line's Tsuwano Station, impressive for its building reconstructed and remodeled from a residence of the Tsuwano domain's principal village headman. The thick beams and central pillar of the interior remind one of a traditional Japanese house, with the masterworks of Tsuwano-born western-style artist Sho Nakao and his wife Maya Yoshiura on display. In addition, Spanish court painter Goya's valuable copperplate engravings from his “matador” series are also on display. On the second floor one can see “pinhole photography” at work, the image of the garden appearing to be reversed when viewed through a hole in a sliding storm shutter.

    If you visit Tsuwano (which overall I dont necessarily recommend), it is definitely worth seeking out this small museum. The impressionist style exhibition by a local artist and Goya bullfighting...

  • Otome Toge Maria Seido
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Otometoge
    This is a small Christian church, built in the land of Christian martyrdom Otome Pass. In the first year of the Meiji era (1868) when Christianity was forbidden, 153 Christians from Nagasaki Urakami were imprisoned in Korin Temple at Otome Pass. Following cruel torturing to renounce their religion, 36 martyrs had emerged by 1870, and it is said that the Virgin Mary descended to give encouragement to her believers. The eight stained glass windows in the church show the state of martyrdom at the time. A special mass is held on May 3rd as part of the “Otome Pass Festival” to remember these martyrs.
  • Nishi Amane Former Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Prefecture Tsuwano Ushiroda 64-6
    This is the residence of the philosopher, Nishi Amane who was the first person to introduce Western philosophy to Japan creating words such as “Tetsugaku” (philosophy) and “Kankaku” (sense), and lived until he was 21 years old at this residence. After the Meiji Restoration, Nishi served consecutively as a bureaucrat in the Army, the Ministry of Education and at the Home Office, and he also participated in the drawing up of the Meiji Constitutional draft. Mori Ogai was a relative of Nishi Amane; his former residence sits across the Tsuwano River directly across from where Ogai’s former residence is built. The thatched main wing of the house and the Amane’s study room which was formerly a storehouse has also been designated as a National Historic Site.
  • Ogai Mori Former Residence
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Machida Lee 230
    Mori Ogai from Tsuwano was a literary master from the Meiji period, who was also a military doctor. The former residence of Mori Ogai is the home he lived in until he was 10 years of age. He passed away leaving a will which stated, “I want to die as Rintaro Mori from Shimane Prefecture”. From this we can also see his thoughts towards Tsuwano. In the garden there is a monument carved with Ogai’s poem “Botan” which is engraved with Sato Haruo’s writing brush. In addition, you can see pictures and letters related to Ogai at the Mori Ogai Memorial Museum which is adjacent.
  • Pinorosso
    13 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda B 284
    This is an Italian sweets restaurant located three minutes on foot from JR Yamaguchi Line Tsuwano Station offering pasta, pizza, homemade bread, and cakes full of local ingredients. There are counter and table seats, with an attractive open kitchen atmosphere. There are four varieties of lunch set, with the pasta lunch being most popular. The chef is actively involved in food education activities, such as taking charge of taste lessons at local elementary and junior high schools.

    An exceptional and delicious Italian restaurant in the heart of rural Japan, Pinorosso (the Italian translation of the name of the head chef and owner, Akamatsu Kenji) is shockingly good Italian food...

  • Washihara Hachimangu Shrine
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Washibara A) 632-2
    This shrine is located near Tsuwano Jozan Park in Tsuwano Town. The three principal shrine gods are Homutawake-no-mikoto (Emperor Ojin), Tamayori-hime and Okinagatarashi-hime-no-mikoto (Empress Jingu) Hchiman-mikami, and it is known as the temple adjacent to Japan's oldest Yabusame horseback archery field (a Shimane Prefecture-designated Historic Site), and the shrine is a nationally-designated Important Cultural Property depicted in the 100 Landscapes of Tsuwano. The shrine has Muromachi period (1336-1573 as a rough guide) Shinto architecture, the tower gate, front shrine and main building are in a straight line, and there are approximately 600 year-old large cedar trees on the mountain behind it. At the spring grand festival held on the second Sunday of every April, many tourists come for the Yabusame horseback archery ritual.
  • Sesshu Memorial Museum
    7 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Otoyoshichou A) 1149
    "Located around 50 minutes' drive from the Hamada Interchange of the Chugoku Expressway, Sesshu Memorial Museum has on display works by the famous Muromachi period (1336-1573) painter and Buddhist monk Sesshu, as well as photographs and folding screens depicting places associated with Sesshu, and displays on the history of Masuda City, where Sesshu is said to have died. The museum is adjacent to Daikian Temple, where Sesshu is said to be buried. From the museum lobby, which is modeled on Tiantong Temple in China, visitors can look out over a garden designed as a Karesansui (traditional Japanese rock garden), based on an image created by Sesshu in his ""Kachozu Byobu"" (""Painting of Flowers and Birds on a Folding Screen""), and enjoy the seasonal vistas created by pines trees, bamboo and cherry trees. The vicinity of the museum has been arranged to resemble one of Sesshu's own landscape paintings, creating a place where visitors can relax while pondering on Sesshu's artistic achievements."

    雪舟のゆかりの地域の写真や屏風絵を 多く展示しています。また、ウォーキングコースもあります。 自然に囲まれています。

  • Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Takatsuchou I 2612-1
    "A Shinto shrine a 10-minute drive from Masuda Station on the JR San-in Main Line. Dedicated to Kakinomoto-no-Hitomaro, a poet whose works appear in the ancient ""Manyoshu"" poetry anthology, this shrine is seen as the head shrine of all Kakinomoto shrines nationwide. Believed to grant worshippers safe childbirth and aid in scholarly endeavors, it is said many people also come here to pray for fulfillment in love due to the many love poems Kakinomoto-no-Hitomaro wrote. Beyond the shrine's stone steps, visitors are greeted by the neat and tidy main shrine building, which is built in a modified version of the traditional Kasuga-zukuri style. The main shrine building is built facing Tsuwano to make it easier to pray to the shrine when coming from that town. During the annual Hassaku Festival held on September 1st, the grounds bustle with people come to watch the horseback archery event."

    益田市の高津柿本神社。 万葉集の随一の歌人、柿本人麻呂を祀る。人麻呂は石見地方で終焉を迎えました。 人麻呂像は、さすがに筆を持って歌を詠む姿。 江戸時代の再建の社殿ですが、どっしりとした趣あるものです。

Shimane Areas


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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