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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
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    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.
  • Gassan Toda Castle Ruins
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    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
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    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...

  • 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."
  • Roadside Station Tataraba Ichiban-chi
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    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. "
  • Ryuzugataki Fall
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    Shimane Pref. Unnanshi Kakeyachoumatsukasa
    "This is one of the grandest waterfalls in the Chugoku region and is chosen as one of the ""Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls"" along with ""Yaedaki"" waterfall. The waterfall merges Odaki waterfall and Medaki waterfall. Behind Odaki waterfall is called the ""Uraminotaki"" and a Goddess of mercy is enshrined in the Cascade Cave. Every year on the 15th of August the ""Ryuzugataki Waterfalls Festival"" is held."
  • Wako Museum, Tawara Kuniichi Memorial Hall
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    4.0
    20 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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。

  • Itohara Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    10 Reviews
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    Shimane Pref. Nitagunokuizumochou Otani 856-18 Inhara Memorial Hall/Resi House Company
    This museum opened in 1980 and introduces the history of the Itohara Family, who once controlled the production of iron. Tatara ironwork material, family artworks and craft, Tangible Folk Materials, ancient books are also exhibited. The exhibition is changed three times a year in spring, summer and autumn. The second exhibition building exhibits things associated with the tea ceremony from the time of Lord Matsue and is also spectacular.

    出雲三成駅から数キロの場所です(私は車で行きましたが)。 記念館売店の近くに車を駐めて、少し歩いて記念館の中へ。ちょっと場所が判りにくいので要注意です。 記念館と庭園の両方がありますが、JAFの会員証があれば、両方で800円で入れます。 中に入ると「リーダーズ」「絶唱」といったドラマや映画のロケ地に使われた記録などもありますが、基本は鉄師の歴史。地域に根ざしながら絶大な財力を誇っていたのだろうとち...

  • Matsue Jozan Park
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    4.0
    57 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5
    Matsue Castle which was built in the early Edo period is also called by the nick name, “Plover Castle”. The castle tower has been designated as a National Treasure and the castle ruins as a National Historic Site. The vast castle ruins which are maintained as an inner citadel and an outer citadel are known as “Matsue Castle Jozan Park”. You will be able to enjoy the cherry blossoms and the castle at the same time as it has also been chosen as one of the “100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan”. The appearance of the various cherry trees such as the Yoshino cherry trees, the drooping cherry trees and the mountain cherry trees blooming in profusion is breathtakingly beautiful. You can enjoy the magical scenery with the keep being illuminated until 10 pm.

    松江城の投稿と重複するかもしれませんが、公園内には江戸時代から残るお城、洋館、そして緑があります。松江城が特徴的なのは、お城のすぐ近くの掘のエリア、例えば、塩見縄手や武家屋敷などからは、天守閣がほぼ見えないことです。木々の配置などによるものと思いますが、そのように設計されているようです。 掘を半周、そして場内を歩くのはそれほど時間はかかりませんが、お城は内部の展示も含めると見ごたえがあります。

  • Matsue History Museum
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    4.0
    102 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    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...

  • Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum
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    4.0
    137 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Okudanichou 322
    This is a memorial museum for Lafcadio Hearn, adopting the Japanese name, Yakumo Koizumi, known for his works of Hoichi the Earless, and the Yukionna (Snow Fairy) introduced in the storybook, Kaidan (Japanese ghost stories). This museum opened in 1934 is housed in the Japanese architectural structure adjoining the former residence of Yakumo Koizumi. It was renovated in 2016. This museum introduces the Greek born Irishman, Hearn, who arrived in Japan, via stays in England and the United States, and was then naturalized. The multifaceted aspects of Yakumo as an author, instructor, and journalist can be seen through the displayed mementos, manuscripts and writings revealing a portrait of his person.

    The exhibits here tell the story of a very interesting figure, whom I knew nothing about previously. A penniless near orphan who visited places in the world a great distance form wher he was born...

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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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