Spots in Izumo / Iwami Ginzan Area

  • Izumo Oyashiro
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    4.0
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 195
    This is a shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture, enshrining the great Okuninushi, known as a god of marriage. It is also known by its official name Izumo Oyashiro. There are several legends about the foundation of the shrine including one that says it was built as a condition for Okuninushi transferring over the land of Japan. The main shrine is designated as a national treasure, and features Japan’s oldest shrine architectural style. It is rebuilt about every 60 years. The kagura hall is famous for the largest shimenawa (sacred rope) in Japan. The magnificent row of pine trees called “Pine Baba” is designated as one of Japan’s top 100 pine spots.

    素戔嗚尊を祀る神社で出雲大社の本殿の裏側にありますが、石垣を積んでまわりよりも一段高いところに社殿が鎮座していました。素戔社が高くなるようにわざわざ石垣をつくったのでしょうか。

  • Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center
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    4.0
    112 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou A) 1597-3
    This is a museum located in Omori Town, Ota City, Shimane Prefecture, introducing the history and mining technology of Iwami Silver Mine, a World Heritage site. The exhibition content is arranged in a way that is easy for both adults and children to understand, focused mainly on models, images and replicas. The permanent exhibit also features a diorama of the entire silver mine and actual silver ore that can be held. A limited guided walking tour of the mine’s largest tunnel “Okubomabu” is also popular.

    I spent 6 hours to go around the village and the former mining place. The village has 405 residents. The mining activities started from 1300s until 1900s. If you just look into that statistics and...

  • Susa Jinja shrine
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    4.5
    161 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Sadachoususa 730
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in Izumo City, Tottori Prefecture which is even mentioned in the ancient “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki,” a book describing the culture and customs of the region. The shrine is primarily dedicated to the god Susanoo-no-mikoto, who, according to Japanese legend, slew the fearsome eight-headed dragon Yamata-no-orochi. It is said that this area was the last place Susanoo-no-mikoto pioneered, after which he gave it his own name and passed away. In addition to a towering Japanese cedar tree over 1,300 years old, the shrine’s grounds are dotted with spots deemed the “Seven Wonders of Susa.” The shrine is famous for the three rituals conducted during the annual festival held on April 19 as well as the Kiriaki Shinji, a ritual called the Nenbutsu Odori (“Buddhist Prayer Dance”) conducted on August 15. In recent years, the shrine has also become popular as a mystical “power spot.”

    This place is acclaimed as one of the most spiritual places in Japan. The vibe in the air was very sacred. The 1,300 year old cedar tree was magnificent and felt like it was cleansing the air. There...

  • Ichibata Electric Railway Co., Ltd
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    4.0
    124 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hiratachou 2226
    This is a railway along the banks of Lake Shinji that plays an essential role as a lifestyle route for local people by connecting Matsue, Hirata, Izumo and Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. It also plays a role as a railway carrying pilgrims going to worship to Izumo Grand Taisha Shrine and Ichibata Yakushi Temple. Train cars with local character exterior wraps are becoming popular with tourists as a train of good fortune.

    The Ichibata Railway departing from from Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station offers direct trains to Izumo Taisha Mae station close to Izumo Taisha Shrine. Since Matsue Shinjiko Onsen station is the...

  • Ranpu no Yu
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    4.0
    80 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shimane Izumo-shi Sta. Minamimachi 1-3-3

    I came here after my overnight train from Tokyo Absolute amazing, so relaxing and they have both a giant indoor spring and ini outdoor springs (which definitely are a treat when the weather is...

  • Nima Sand Museum
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    3.5
    55 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Nimachouamagouchi 975
    "This is a museum that displays the largest hourglass in the world. There is also a replica of a sand calendar, art works of sand objects as well as a science corner where there is a singing sand map of the world and sand samples from around the world. Many events are held and visitors can also experience glass craft. Many people visit on the 31st of December for the ""Time Festival"". "

    We bumped to this museum when passing by. It has kind of high entrance fee (700 yen / person). It is devoted to singing send and sendglasses which might be kind of interesting but there is no...

  • Ichibata Temple (Ichibata Yakushi Temple)
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    4.0
    56 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Kozakaichou 803
    The Ichibata Temple is a Rinzai Buddhist temple located in Kozakai Town, Izumo City. It is the chief temple of the Ichibata Yakushi school of Rinzai Buddhism. Praying at the Temple is said to help people recover from eye ailments, and the “Yakushi-sama of the Eyes” has attracted large numbers of worshippers for many centuries. The Ichibata Temple is also famous for its 1,300-step stone entrance stairway.

    駐車場からはそれほど階段を上る必要はありません(それでも70段くらいはある)。目玉の親父があちこちにいてほっとします。山の上にあって「山の上の・・・」みたいな雰囲気でした。負担は見かけないような銅像がたくさんありました。キャッシュレスに幅広く対応しているのに驚きました。

  • Roadside Station Kirara Taki
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Takichoutaki 135-1
    A roadside station standing along National Route 9 in Taki Town, Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. Kirara Beach, a popular beach for swimming, sprawls behind the station. Visitors can view the cobalt blue ocean from the beach, free rest area, and restaurants, and the sunset in the area, selected as one of the one hundred best in Japan, is particularly superb. There's a shop selling local specialty products and a food court with local dishes you can enjoy in a street stall-like atmosphere, and the station is a convenient place for taking a break in between a scenic drive or day of leisure. The station's popular soft serve ice cream is made with Taki figs, a local specialty product.

    food count with some seasonal ice-cream, good for try. the view is beautiful with cheap price of snack that is worth.

  • 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...

  • Sanbe Azukihara Maibotsurin Park
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    4.5
    33 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Sambechou Tane B 58-2
    "This is a submerged forest exhibition of an area that was once covered by a volcanic eruption about 4000 years ago. The underground exhibit room is an excavated room of a circle shape of 30 meters in diameter and depth of 13.5 meters. Visitors can see the excavation of the Buried Forest in the ""Jomon Forest Excavation Preservation Exhibition Building"" and the ""Building Exhibiting the Pit for Excavation of Buried Forest Specimens"". In July every year visitors can also enjoy the ancient lotus flowers known as ""Oga hasu"" that are an Ota City Designated Natural Monument."

    4000年前の三瓶山噴火よって埋もれた巨木を見れる貴重な展示施設です。 火山灰や火山泥流で埋もれていた縄文時代の森を発掘した場所を公園として整備し、地下にもぐるように施設を建造し、元の場所に木を戻すかのように展示してました。 巨大な木の周りを螺旋のようにぐるりとめぐりながら階段をくだり眺めていきます。 面白い趣向と言うか、素晴らしい展示の仕方ですね。 地上の施設の雰囲気が地味なんで、当初、この場...

  • Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius
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    4.0
    34 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Sonochou 1659-5
    Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius is an experiential-learning type aquarium that showcases the plants and animals that live in Lake Shinji, Nakaumi Lagoon and Shimane Prefecture’s rivers. In all, there are around 10,000 organisms belonging to approximately 200 different species. There is plenty for visitors to see, with diorama tanks that recreate the habitat of the rivers that flow into Lake Shinji and Nakaumi Lagoon, touch pools where visitors can interact with living creatures, etc. There are regular special events, including feeding sessions where museum staff members provide an educational commentary as they feed the exhibits. Shinjiko Nature Museum Gobius attracts large numbers of visitors (particularly families) throughout the year.

    Very nice nature center. Well kept building and grounds. Does a nice job of teaching about area wildlife. Has interactive stations. Everyone in our family enjoyed it.

  • Mononobe-jinja Shrine
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    4.0
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Kawaichou Kawai 1545
    This shrine, a prefecture designated cultural asset, is the largest built nationally using the Kasukabe-zukuri method. The enshrined deity is Umashimaji-no-Mikoto the first god of priesthood, fortune telling, charms and prayers. In the precincts is the main hall constructed with the Kasukabe method, tombstones, Kachi-ishi stones, Kusabi-ishi wedge shaped stones, Higashi Gosha (seven generations of gods), Sugami-jinja Shrine, and Otomi-jinja Shrine etc. There is plenty to see and do.

    大田市駅から県道30号 と...

  • Iwami Silvermine Museum (Ruins of the Oomori prefectural governor’s office)
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    3.5
    31 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou Ha 51-1
    Iwami Silver Mine was controlled by the “Bakufu” (Shogunate) prefectural governor in the Edo period. The museum sits on the ruins of the Oomori local governor’s office. The building which was built in 1902 was used just as it was as the Nima district office, and opened as a museum in 1976. You can learn the history of the Iwami Silver Mine with pictorial scrolls, archives and mining tools on display.

    This historic building used to be the Magistrates Office in the past. However since the silver mines were closed a new destination had to be found. So they made a museum out if it. At present it...

  • Izumo Enmusubi Onsen Yurari
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shimane Izumo-shi Hiratacho 7178
    This hot spring bathhouse is one of the largest in the Chugoku region to offer 100% natural, free-flowing hot spring baths in which no water is re-heated or diluted. The bathhouse' 165-square-meter outdoor rock bath is like a veritable garden and is particularly popular, and prospective customers are particularly encouraged to bathe in it at night while gazing at the star-filled sky above. In the Yuan restaurant, customers can enjoy the seasonal tastes of Shimane, and savor delicate cuisine enwrapped in a relaxing Japanese atmosphere for both lunch and dinner.

    This is the first time since coming to Japan on our holiday trip that our friend had taken us to an onsen. For beginners, it can be daunting to visit this place on your own. I can say that this onsen...

  • Roadside Station Yunokawa
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    3.5
    28 Reviews
    Transportation
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachougakutou 825-2
    A roadside station located along National Route 9 in Izumo City, Tottori Prefecture. In addition to a rest area and information corner, there are a variety of facilities in the station which present the charms of the local area. The station restaurant's dishes made with local specialty products are popular, including Shussai ginger, Izumo soba noodles, and Yamato basket clams. There's also a shop selling souvenirs such as legacy rice varieties, Shussai pottery, and of course live basket clams. The outdoor footbath is free to use and you can also take home healthy hot spring water from the station's hot spring water stand.

    People going back to the station or the airport with some time on their hands head here to rest their feet in a foot spa bath. Nice temperature and good for weary feet. It also has so many gifts and...

  • Restoration of KUMAGAI Residence, Important Cultural Properties
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Omorichou Ha 63
    This is the private residence of the Kumagaya family who were prominent traders working as government officials attached to the silver mine. The architecture of this large scale residence which consisted of a main house, five outhouses and storehouses on a plot of about 1,500 meters squared exemplifies the social status of this trader at the end of the Edo period. As a result of there being many household implements from the Edo through the Showa period on display, it is a place where you can experience the beauty and profundity of a Japanese residence. You can also get to experience cooking rice on a stove after chopping firewood.
  • Kanko Center Izumo
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    3.5
    33 Reviews
    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 273
    Kanko Center Izumo is a tourist shopping center located in Kizuki-higashi, Taisha Town, Izumo City. Besides stores selling local Izumo specialty products, famous traditional confectioneries and local sakes, etc., there is also a mini convenience store; the second and third floors have areas that can be booked for group events, and a banquet hall. There are also restaurants serving Izumo Soba noodles, etc. Kanko Center Izumo is located adjacent to the bus terminal, and bicycle rental is available, making it a convenient place to stop when visiting the area.

    Great place to eat and buy souvenirs. Variety of things are available. And even group of people can have a meal together.

  • The Shimane Nature Museum of Mt Sanbe - Sahimel
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    4.0
    13 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Sambechou Tane 1121-8
    At this well-equipped facility visitors can view planned exhibitions and a planetarium. The astronomical observatory has a 60 cm reflex telescope and Coude type 20 centimeters refraction telescope, and astronomical observation sessions are held every Saturday night. Reservations are unnecessary and reception starts 30 minutes prior.

    島根県にある三瓶山の麓にある自然博物館です。まず展示物の豊富さとそのクオリティの高さは圧巻です。また、小豆原埋没林の標本やプラネタリウム施設など、1日たっぷり楽しめる場所です。

  • Izumo Bunka Denshokan (Izumo Cultural Heritage Museum)
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    4.0
    28 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hamachou 520
    Izumo Bunka Denshokan (Izumo Cultural Heritage Museum) preserves the cultural heritage of the Izumo region with displays that include the relocated Omoya (main building) and Nagaya-mon Gate of the former residence of the Ezumi Family (who were wealthy farmers resident in the Izumo region), a recreation of the Dokuraku-an (a teahouse which was beloved by Matsudaira Harusato, the seventh lord of the Matsue domain and commonly called Fumaiko), an Izumo-style garden, etc. There is also a Soba noodle restaurant where visitors can enjoy authentic Izumo Soba noodles, and an Izumo Cultural Workshop where visitors can take part in creative activities, etc., making this an ideal destination for people of all ages.

    Nice museum and nice garden all around with a very nice compound. feeling like dream when you roam around the Hall.

  • Arakiya
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    4.0
    164 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 409-2
    Continuing for over 200 years since the late Edo period, Arakiya is the Izumo soba shop with the longest history. It is located in a quiet residential area and features a folksy, relaxed interior. Carefully chosen local Izumo soba flour is placed in a stone mill, quality well water is added, and round herring dashi (soup stock) is used to create the elegant taste. While soba supplies last. Approximately 10 minutes on foot from Taisha Station on the Ichibata Electric Railway.

    This soba restaurant serves amazing handmade Japanese soba noodles. You can get them hot or cold. I ordered the 3 tiered cold soba served 3 ways. The one with the raw egg was my absolute favorite...

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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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