Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Masuda / Tsuwano Area

  • Anno Art Museum
    41 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda A) 60-1
    This art museum features exhibits dedicated to famous Tsuwano-born illustrator Mitsumasa Anno, recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award and recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit. The exhibit building has an impressive design, with white plaster walls and a red-tiled roof. Works such as “Tsuwano, Washibara” and “The Picture Book of Geocentric Theory” are rotated on a three-month basis. There’s also a planetarium on-site as well as a space with a recreation of Anno’s home and atelier. A separate building contains a library and other facilities. The nearest station is Tsuwano Station.


  • Shimane Prefectural IWAMI ART MUSEUM
    29 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Masuda-shi Ariakecho 5-15
    An art museum that's part of the Shimane Arts Center's Grand Toit, a facility for culture and the arts in the Iwami area. The venue holds high-quality thematic exhibits from its permanent collection, as well as a range of special exhibitions covering a variety of fields, workshops, and lectures to deepen understanding of the arts. Made with 280,000 tough and durable locally produced Sekishu-gawara roofing tiles, it's a landmark that harmonizes with the surrounding natural environment. It's next to the Iwami Art Theater, built for the appreciation and creation of the arts. The courtyard connects the museum and the theater and is a nice break spot for visitors.

    実家が近く年に1度訪れています。 様々な企画展や催しも良いものが多いですが、建物だけでも一見の価値あり。 益田観光の際にはぜひ。

  • Shimane Aquas Aquarium
    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.
  • Nichihara Astronomical Observatory
    10 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Makurase 806-1
    "An astronomical observatory located at the top of 255-meter Mt. Makurase. It is equipped with a 75-centimeter computer-controlled theodolite Nasmyth telescope, with one of the largest apertures among astronomical telescopes open to the public in Japan. Mt. Makurase overlooks the confluence of the Tsuwano and Takatsu rivers and is an area free of light from the town. From the compact structure in a dense grove, you can get an unobstructed view of the star-lit skies. It sees lots of visitors throughout the year and is a symbolic spot for this ""Star Village."""


  • Hamada Children's Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Hamada Nobara Cho 859-1
    "An art museum designed with an image of ""a ship of creation and beauty floating on the Sea of Japan"" in mind. In addition to various feature exhibits devised to facilitate both ""seeing and creating,"" the Museum School helps them enjoy watching and creating all day long. The museum is located at the Umi no Mieru Culture Park overlooking Hamada Port and was established in 1996 for the children who will become the leaders of the next generation. They seek to cultivate creativity and artistic sensibilities by having children interact with art from an early age."
  • 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...

  • Iwami Adachi Museum
    1 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Hamada Kushirocho 1655-28
    This museum stands on the border between Hamada City and Gotsu City. The white-walled building holds a collection of ancient art like swords and pottery centered on pieces from the Iwami region. A single-story steel reinforced concrete building standing amidst white sand and green pines, it was registered as the prefecture's third museum in 1979 in accordance with the Museum Act. To this day, it stands as a hall of arts in Iwami in both name and fact. It offers clear introductions to the cultural history of the Iwami region, including ancient art, folk crafts, and more. Their collection of Iwami Nagahama dolls has a reputation for its number and is particularly impressive.


  • 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.
  • 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 Anegahama Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Hamada Kokubucho 1644-1
    This beach located inside a prefectural park is replete with an abundant array of facilities, including tennis courts, a campground, rentable cabins, and an auto camping ground, and here visitors can enjoy day camping and barbecuing near the sea. Cabins and auto camping sites must be reserved in advance, and reservations are open from the start of the month five months before the desired date of use. There are also a flower garden and family playground, and visitors can casually enjoy a variety of other outdoor activities in addition to playing in the ocean.
  • 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."
  • Shimane Prefectural Manyo Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Takatsuchou I 2402-1
    This park is located in Takatsu-cho, Masuda City. There is a botanical garden, open lawn space and walking course on the large premises full of nature, and it is a facility both children and adults can enjoy all day long. There are 14 sites in the park's automobile campground, and each site has one parking lot. There are sinks and outdoor stoves at each site. They also rent out six-person tents, sleeping bags, gas lanterns, tables and chairs. Pets are allowed, but must be kept on leashes.
  • Manyo Park Auto-camp Site
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Masuda-shi Takatsucho I2402-1
  • Miyauchi Gama Pottery
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Gotsu Ninomiyacho Kannushi 2211-3
    "A pottery studio that has operated in western Shimane's Iwami area since the 1970s. They make Iwami-yaki pottery, a traditional Gotsu handicraft known for large and sturdy earthenware jars and water jugs. This area is called ""Sekishu,"" and pottery making has thrived in the region since ancient times. According to the Iwami region's pottery lore, the district where Miyauchi Pottery is located is said to be the oldest in the tradition. They also hold pottery workshops where you can make items like teacups and bowls under the careful guidance of a traditional craftsman. The methods traditionally cultivated for making larger items has been passed down to the present day where they make practical pottery for modern living like tableware, umbrella stands, and garden sets."
  • Hashi Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Gotsu Hashicho Shimane Prefectural Iwami Seaside Park
  • Gallery Kunsthof Tsuwano
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Ushirodaguchi 250-2
    "A gallery and studio located on Honmachi-dori, the main street in Tsuwano. ""Kunst"" refers to art, and ""Hof"" refers to plaza or garden; it's an attempt to use German to create a ""place where friends will gather."" It is operated by Yume Kiln's artist Atsuko Nakao and Akira Nakao, active in the Berlin painting scene. Items like their paintings and small handmade plates are on display and available for purchase. They also offer pottery workshops where you knead the clay yourself, giving visitors the chance to create the work they've conceived while receiving careful instruction (reservations required)."
  • Stars and Forest Science Museum
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Makurase 806-1
    A science museum located at Mt. Makurase, and one of Japan's best spots for watching the night sky. On the same site as the Nichihara Astronomical Observatory, it has displays on space and the Earth's environment. Completed in 1994, the facility disseminates information about the global environment, with a focus on forests and astronomy. Easily understandable commentary is provided through videos and three-dimensional exhibits. The Nichihara Astronomical Observatory is adjacent; it has one of the largest apertures among astronomical telescopes open to the public in Japan. Tsuwano residents can use it free of charge.
  • Washibara Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Kanoashi-gun Tsuwanocho Washibara
    A park known for hosting Tsuwano yabusame horseback archery. The entire precincts of Washibara Hachimangu Shrine, which tradition says was established during the Kamakura period, is generally called Washibara Park. The riding ground where the thrilling ceremony is held is one of the oldest existing horseback archery grounds in Japan. It is said to be an imitation of Tsuruoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, and an event held on the second Sunday of April attracts many spectators who come to view picture scrolls from that period. It is also a popular spot for cherry blossom viewing, and the sight of the cherry trees around the riding ground is sublime.
  • Kokufu Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Hamada Shimokocho-Kokubucho
  • Kinta Farm Berryne
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Hamada Kanagicho Shichijo I735
    This tourist farm is a five-minute drive from Kanagi Smart Interchange off the Hamada Expressway. Run by the Chudenko Group's Berryne Inc., they offer strawberry and grape picking. Their greenhouses, embraced by verdant nature, are among the biggest in the prefecture. You can pick strawberries from January into May, and Pione grapes from late August to early October. The elevated strawberry planters are at eye-height for children, and grow a variety of strawberries like popular Benihoppe, low-acidity Akihime, and vitamin-C-rich Sachinoka. Picking is by reservation only for leisurely fruit fun.

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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