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  • Matsue Castle
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5
    A flatland mountain castle located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture which was completed in 1611, the castle tower, a designated National Treasure, is said to be the only orthodox-style original castle tower still standing in Japan. Covered with black-painted siding on most of its walls, the castle is designed as a watchtower and the top floor offers a sweeping view of the city of Matsue. Relatively simple in design, a characteristic of castles built in the early Momoyama period, the castle is also known as “Chidori Castle.” The area surrounding the castle has been turned into the Matsue Jozan Park; a famous cherry blossom-viewing destination, in spring some 200 cherry trees come into bloom on the park’s grounds. The park has even been selected as one of the 100 best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.
  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 320
    An art museum located in Furukawa Town, Yasugi City, Shimane Prefecture which focuses on displaying modern Japanese paintings. The museum’s collection includes master Japanese painter Yokoyama Taikan’s masterpieces “Koyo” and “Ame hareru,” in addition to works by other modern Japanese painters such as Takeuchi Seiho and Hashimoto Kansetsu, in addition to ceramics by renowned artist Kitaouji Rosanjin. The museum’s exhibit is changed four times a year in line with the seasons. The museum is also famous for Japanese gardens such as the Karesansui-tei rock garden and Hakusaseisho-tei sand and pine garden, totaling some 50 thousand square meters in all. The museum’s gardens are revered around the world and they have long ranked in at number one on the American Japanese gardening magazine “Journal of Japanese Gardening’s” list of top gardens.

    数量限定のビーフシチューを食べたかったので11:20くらいに行きましたが すでに完売 ビーフカレーにしましたが 結構良い感じの美味しさで らっきょ&福神 サラダ付きです お勧めの席は待ってでも庭窓際の席 庭 池 鯉を見ながらカレーは乙な感じ

  • Yaegaki Jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    393 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sakusachou 227
    This shrine in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture is famous for marriage and enshrines the gods Susano-no-mikoto and Inatahime-no-mikoto. The three-paneled Itae Chakushoku Shinzo pictures (wall painting in the honden) in the treasure storage room has been designated as an important cultural property. On the grounds are many popular spots for women, including the Meoto-sugi (coupled cryptomeria trees), Meoto-tsubaki (coupled camellia) and Kagami-no-ike (mirror pond), where the appearance of a suitable marriage partner is predicted by the speed of which a piece of Japanese paper sinks after a coin is placed on top.

    another interesting temple in japan, except penis temple & sculpture that has some special ceremony for marriage. interesting.

  • Miho-jinja Shrine
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    4.5
    182 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Mihonosekichoumihonoseki 608
    An ancient Shinto shrine located in mentioned in the “Izumo no Kuni Fudoki,” a book documenting local customs and culture. The shrine is the head shrine of all shrines dedicated to Kotoshironushi (Ebisu). The main shrine building, a designated National Treasure, is built in the Miho-zukuri (hiyoku taisha-zukuri) style and consists of two halls joined together. The one on the left facing the building is dedicated to Kotoshironushi, while the one on the right is dedicated to his mother, Mihotsuhime-no-mikoto. The shrine is believed to grant worshippers a variety of benefits, including not only prosperity in business but also large harvests, maritime safety, and luck in public performance. The shrine’s Aofushigaki Shinji ritual, held on April 7, and Morotebune Shinji ritual, held on December 3, are connected with the “kuni-yuzuri,” a legend relating the transfer of the rulership of Japan to the gods of Heaven, and during these times great numbers of people from around the country come to witness the events.

    The god of prosperity and music, Ebisu, libes here and so does the deity of harvest. The heading of the shrine shows an original symbol with a tubular and a sword shape for each god. Twice a day...

  • Okuizumo Tane Museum of Natural History
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Nitagunokuizumochou Sajiro 236-1
    This is a museum as well as providing accommodation and offers an original exhibition with the theme of the evolution of the universe and the history of life. The museum exhibits unique displays of the earth's history through a time tunnel, fossils of the ocean and dinosaurs and images of Japanese space exploration. Various accommodation plans are offered as well.
  • Okuizumo Vineyard
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kisukichoujiryou 2273-1
    "This vineyard, which manufactures and sells wine grown according to the culture of Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture, is located in about seven hectares of agricultural land called the ""Forest of Food"". Visitors can taste wine and enjoy meals and a cafe in the guesthouse. Underground, where the wine is stored, there is also a gallery exhibiting a variety of artwork such as paintings, photographs and ceramics which can be enjoyed leisurely in the calming surroundings."
  • Peony Garden Daikonshima-Honjin
    Travel / Tourism
    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.
  • Tamatsukuri Onsen Foot Bath
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchoutamatsukuri (Along Yu Yu River)
    This hot spring is said to be the oldest hot spring for beautiful skin in Japan. Its name is even written in Izumo Fudoki, an historic description of local culture. The water is slight in alkaline, colorless and transparent. In the spa town there are also many foot baths where the locals gather. These are covered so people can enjoy them in any kind of weather and are popular.
  • Gassan Toda Castle Ruins
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Hirosechoumachichou 752 (Yasugi City History Museum)
    The historic castle of the Amago clan, considered impregnable due to its size, was said to be one of the strongholds of the Warring States Period. In 2006 is was selected as one of the top 100 Castles in Japan. It is also famous as the castle where warlord Yamanaka Shikanosuke came from. There are also statues of Amago Tsunehisa and Shikanosuke in the grounds and it is a famous spot for cherry blossom viewing in the spring.
  • Shinjiko Shijimikan
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    3.5
    54 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Chidorichou 36
    This center provides a variety of information regarding the Japanese basket clams grown in Lake Shinji and is situated in the center of Matsue Shinji-ko Hot Springs. The facility includes a direct sales market selling fresh clams and famous confectionery from well-known Matsue shops. There is also free footbath of 100% water from the hot springs of Lake Shinji, Matsue, and is a great place to visit.

    前の駐車場はいっぱいでした。中に入ったら観光バスで来られた方や一般の方でいっぱいでした。土産物屋さんで前には足湯もありました。

  • Lake Shinji Sunset Spot
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou
    This is a spot where visitors can see the sun setting over Lake Shinji and the Yomegashima Islands. You can also enjoy a walking course or places to sit and rest on a terrace while watching the sun go down. There is also a carpark making it convenient. Information regarding the position and time of sunset, as well as the best spot for a photo is provided so please check this out beforehand.
  • Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall
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    3.5
    38 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kurodachou 509-1
    "This is a beer hall where you can enjoy a Matsue local beer called ""Beer Hearn"". Also, at the beer restaurant visitors can eat Shimane Wagyu Beef and Shinjiko Shicchin, seven types of seafoods that can be found in the Seto Inland Sea. You can also enjoy five types of local beers at the beer counter overlooking the souvenir corner and the beer factory. It is a convenient facility that is walking distance from the Matsue Castle and Shiomi Nawate tourist site lined with traditional Japanese houses. "

    Our group stopped here for lunch after our tour of the Castle and grounds. Our bus parked in their lot and we walked to the castle. On our return walk back we passed by both the Samurai house museum...

  • "Hidamari-no-Oka Large Maze ""Dragon Maze"""
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Daitouchoukamisase 294
    "This is a large maze famous for its ""Heart Station"", ""Hidamari Hill"" and ""gigantic maze"". There are a variety of attractions such as a racing track for children on bicycles without pedals, and a ground golf area. The facility can be enjoyed in many ways and there is also a kitchen and a barbecue house. It is perfect for children's events and excursions."
  • Adachi Museum of Art
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Furukawachou 320
    This famous art museum is home to six gardens on 16.5 hectares of land, including a Japanese rock garden. The new museum was opened in 2010 to commemorate the original opening 40 years ago. The major exhibition is contemporary Japanese paintings and in collaboration with the main gallery it is possible to observe the flow of Japanese paintings from modern to the contemporary style. In the shops you can purchase DVDs of Japanese gardens showing the beauty of the seasons and books showing reproductions of the works of Taikan Yokoyama.
  • Daikon Island
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Yatsukachouhanyu
    "This is an island that is famous for blooming peony during the end of April and the beginning of May. There are many places to see on this island. One of them is ""Otsukayama Park"", created at Japan's lowest volcano of 42.2 meters in height. Also, on a fine day visitors can view ""Benten-jima Island "", spectacular in the morning sun, the Nakaumi Sea and Mt. Daisen as well as the ""peony garden"" and ""Daikon-jima Lava Tunnels, Cave of the Departed Souls"" designated as a National Natural Monument. Approximately 30 minutes by car from within Matsue City and Yonago City."
  • Shimane Prefectural Swimming Pool
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Agenogi 10-4-2
    This outdoor pool at this prefectural pool complex is open from July to August but the indoor pool is open all year round. It is open for general use as well as for swimming competitions, water polo, diving and synchronized swimming. There is also a training room to test physical fitness using physical strength measuring device. It is popular as a place for health and physical strength maintenance and promotion.
  • Roadside Station Tataraba Ichiban-chi
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Yoshidachouyoshida 4378-31
    "This roadside station offers an extensive menu of safe agricultural products as well as providing information about Unnan City and Shimane Prefecture. Unnan City is also the hometown of the character ""Yoshida-kun"" in the animation ""Eagle Talon"" and the Unnan version of Yoshida-kun welcomes visitors at the entrance of the center. "
  • Waraku Matsue Japanese Cuisine
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    4.0
    36 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Otesembachou 565
    At this restaurant guests can enjoy Japanese seasonal cuisine made using produce in season collected from various parts of the Sanin region as well as fresh fish from one of the three tanks in the center of the restaurant. The cuisine of genuine taste and high quality, served in a relaxed atmosphere, is highly satisfying. Private rooms are also available on the top floor and are perfect for special gatherings such as a family ceremonies or welcome parties etc. During the season of crab fishing, the menu includes a course of Matsuba crab and snow crab.

    Close to JR Matsue, seven fish from Shinzo Lake seven, very fresh, must try in Matsue. Reasonable price at 2500 Yen.

  • Kitaura Beach
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Mihonosekichoukitaura
    This is a beautiful beach located in a small inlet among many beaches in Mihonoseki. Visitors can not only swim in the ocean at the beach, but also enjoy fishing and beachcombing. It is a popular beach for families as it has a wide and shallow shoreline. The guest houses in the surrounding areas provide showers and light meals.
  • Naniwa-honten Restaurant
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    4.5
    19 Reviews
    Gourmet / Alcohol
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Suetsuguhonmachi 21
    "This long-established restaurant, with a traditional atmosphere, is located on the shore of Lake Shinji. Visitors can enjoy beautiful dishes made with the best seasonal ingredients and taste Lake Shinji's seven delicacies including, ""sea bass, greasy-back prawn, eel, cattle egret, ice fish, carp, and clams."""

    お客様の接待に使いました。宍道湖の名産のしじみやてんぷらなど、盛りだくさんのお料理と美味しい地酒をいただきました。 締めには鯛めしとのことで、だし汁のお茶づけをいただき満足。

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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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