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  • Adachi Museum of Art
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    4.5
    4 Reviews
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    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

  • Okuizumo Tane Museum of Natural History
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    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.
  • Shinjiko Shijimikan
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    3.5
    54 Reviews
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    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。

  • "Hidamari-no-Oka Large Maze ""Dragon Maze"""
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    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.
  • Shimane Prefectural Swimming Pool
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    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.
  • Kitaura Beach
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    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.
  • Wako Museum, Tawara Kuniichi Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Yasugichou 1058
    Professor Kuniichi Tawara was the pioneer of metallurgy research in Japan and this museum exhibits his research and findings, calligraphy, lecture notes and other personal effects celebrating his achievements and character. He has numerous accomplishments including being the first to look into the ancient Japanese arts, surrounded by secrets and off limits to outsiders, revealing the secret of Japanese sword beauty through actual investigation of the ancient method of iron and steel making (tatara).

    展示が充実している資料館でした。一番面白かったのは日本刀を作る過程を丁寧に説明していたところでした。それ以外の資料も大変良かったです。駅から歩いて行けるのもポイントが高いです。

  • Matsue History Museum
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 279
    This is a history museum in the east of Matsue Castle, and is a facility to introduce the history and culture of the Matsue castle town. The building is deeply influenced by the samurai residence style, and houses the national treasures “Matsue Castle Tower Prayer Notes.” The standard exhibit features original items and video materials connected to the Matsue domain and the lives and livelihoods in the castle town. At the building’s high-grade Japanese fresh confections teahouse “Kissa Kiharu,” on top of enjoying tea while looking out over the castle tower and gardens, one can watch the work of artisan Tsugio Itami. Alight at JR Matsue Station and take the municipal bus to Shiomi Nawate.

    The History museum also has a foreigner discount with passport, half price. For 600 yen, we saw the permanent local history exhibit, the temp one on tea ceremony and traditional wall hangings, and...

  • Matsue Vogel Park
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    4.0
    4 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Ogakichou 52
    A theme park dedicated to flowers and birds built in a hilly area overlooking Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. The park’s spacious grounds are dotted with four exhibition greenhouses, scenic overlooks, and other facilities; in addition, everything is connected via roofed galleries, ensuring visitors can enjoy themselves no matter the weather. Colorful flowers blossom in the flower greenhouse, such as Fuchsia and begonias, which remain in full bloom year round. Visitors can also see over 90 varieties of birds here, including owls, falcons, and penguins, and enjoy bird shows and bird feeding.

    抬頭一看便是花籃,吊在空中,坐著下面用餐是非常寫意 但食物味道一般不是十分吸引,不竟是花烏園來的餐廳 也是來填肚的地方,坐下來休息一下,等下班列車前來,也是不錯地方

  • Shimane Art Museum
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    4.0
    246 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Sodeshichou 1-5
    An art museum which first opened in 1999. Located in Sodeshi Town, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, the Shimane Art Museum is one of the largest in the San’in region. A modern structure standing on the bank of Lake Shinji, the museum’s theme is an “art museum which harmonizes with water.” The museum’s collection consists of outstanding works of art in every genre, including paintings, sculptures, crafts, and photographs; the museum also displays numerous artworks which make use of water. The museum’s entrance lobby has giant windows facing Lake Shinji, and the view of the setting sun from here is spectacular (visitors may enter the entrance lobby free of charge).

    We really enjoyed the permanent collection which has a good mix of Japanese Art plus art from around the world. This is also a good place to see the sunset from but we did not have luck with this as...

  • The Tanabe Museum of Art
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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 310-5
    This museum is located in Shiominawate in the traditional Bikan-chiku (beautiful site area) of Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture. It was opened in 1979 by Tanabe Choemon (Tomoyuki), who was the Land and Forest minister for Okuizumo Town and also served as governor of Shimane Prefecture. The collection and exhibits focus on items related to the 23 generations of the Tanabe family. There are also several items associated with the seventh leader of the Matsue clan, Matsudaira Fumai, who was a famous tea master. The collection includes Rakuzan-yaki ware, Fujina-yaki ware, and other tea ceremony-related items. Visitors can enjoy some matcha tea and Japanese sweets in the tea room.
  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Nitagunokuizumochou Yokota 1380-1
    The Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum has exhibitions on the history of the Tatara (traditional Japanese steelmaking method) in recent centuries and on the Nittoho Tattara (a Tatara steel-making furnace which was established in 1977 to ensure a reliable supply of the type of steel needed for making traditional Japanese swords), along with displays of swords made using traditional Tamahagane steel. Videos and replicas are used to explain the steelmaking process in an easy-to-understand way, making this a good museum to bring the kids to. Mr. Kobayashi, a sword-smith based in Okuizumo, gives demonstrations of traditional Japanese steel-forging and sword-making techniques twice a month, which are well worth seeing.

    ダム巡り中に立ち寄った道の駅で存在を知り見学。 まず受付横のビデオを勧められましたが、これを見てから内部を見ると理解が一層深まります。 展示の玉鋼は品質の違いで複数並べていますが、その違いもしっかり見られます。 たたら炉の巨大模型も圧巻でした。 日本刀も展示してあり、足を運んでも損はない場所でした。

  • Shirakata Park
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Nadamachi
    A long, narrow park situated along Lake Shinji. Park highlights include the Aoyagi Tower Lantern, a famous sight in Matsue which once served as a lighthouse marking the entrance of a cove; and a bust of Gentan Kayo, a heroic woman who saved Matsue Domain. There is also a walking path and a large grass multipurpose field on the east side. The park is famous for its beautiful sunsets and visitors can take in the site of the sun setting on Lake Shinji amidst the tower lantern and pine trees planted throughout the park, as well as the nightscape reflecting off the lake after the sun has gone down.
  • Yasugi City KANO MUSEUM OF ART
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi Hirosecho Fube 345-27
    A 30-minute drive from Yasugi Station, this art museum is located on a pristine river with beautiful flowers and lovely scenery. It was established in 1996 by the late Kano Hiroki for the advancement of his hometown, to help it become a base for lifelong learning and cultural activities. It showcases the Bizen ware pottery of five Living National Treasures. . Baked without glaze, the simple pottery style fuses fire and earth. It's said to be the oldest style from among the country's Six Ancient Kilns (Seto, Tokoname, Tanba, Echizen, Shigaraki, Bizen). There are also displays of Bizen ware which have been designated National Prefectural Important Intangible Cultural Properties as well as paintings by recipients of The Order of Culture.
  • Historical Museum of Iron
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Unnan Yoshidacho Yoshida 2533
    "A museum where you can learn about Japan's unique tatara iron making tradition and its techniques. It's roughly divided into two parts, ""Tatara Iron and its Techniques"" and ""Iron Mining and Blacksmiths."" It showcases the tradition in an accessible way with numerous exhibits. The influence of the acquisition of iron making technologies on the communities that had until then relied on tools made of stone and wood was enormous. You'll learn how it gradually became an indispensable part of their lives."
  • Kabeya Shuseikan
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    4.0
    11 Reviews
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    Shimane Nita-gun Okuizumo Cho Kamiai 1655
    This history museum contains cultural properties which belonged to the Okuizumo Sakurai, a clan which traced its lineage to Warring States period general Ban Naoyuki. The museum displays folk cultural properties as well as tools used by the Sakurai clan, who served as the head blacksmiths of Matsue Matsudaira Domain, to engage in tatara ironmaking. The museum also displays pieces by Nanga painter Tanomura Chokunyu, who stayed here in the Meiji period; other paintings and works of art; and tea ceremony porcelain, and visitors can experience the culture of the Okuizumo area, which revolves around the history of tatara ironmaking.

    今日は島根県雲南市にある桜の名所巡りをしました。早朝出発して10時30分に最初の名所である、桜井家庭園に到着。可部屋集成館は公益財団法人で「たたらの文化遺産」だそうで、奥出雲の桜井家累代にわたり伝えられたものを集大成した歴史資料館で、戦国の武将塙團右衛門の末裔家で、大阪夏の陣で討死したそうです。その後嫡男が母方の桜井家を名乗り福島正則に仕えるも改易になり、現在の高野町で「野だたら」を始めたのが、鉄...

  • Otsuka Yama Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Matsue-shi Yatsukacho Hanyu 2485-1
  • Izumo Tamatsukuri Historic Site Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Matsue-shi Tamayucho Tamatsukuri 85-8
  • Kodaitetukayokan
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Daitouchounakayuishi 84

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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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