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Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo島根県立古代出雲歴史博物館

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This is a history museum located in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture. It exhibits materials highlighting the history of Izumo around the Izumo Taisha shrine, and the Iwami silver mine. This museum houses the 358 bronze swords, a national treasure, as well as bronze spearheads, and dotaku (a bell-shaped bronze vessel supposed to have been put to some ceremonial use) from the Kojindani ruins and 39 dotaku from the Kamoiwakura Ruins. The Uzu pillar groupings, thought to be from the Izumotaisha inner shrine dating back to mid-13th century and many other treasures are displayed. A miniature replica model of Izumotaisha inner shrine during the Heian period can be seen too. The museum also houses the Shinwa mythology theater, a cafe, and shop.


Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 99-4 (Izumo / Iwami GinzanArea)

phone 0853538600

*Latest entry time is 30 minutes the closing hours.

Review of Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2018/07/08 good for take time visit here
good for take time visit here to know more about japan ancient story & religion esp for Izumo is important place of it.
Reviewed:2017/12/09 Good history lesson with discount
Foreigners with passport got discount. But not sure if this is permanent or for limited time. Discounted price is ¥300 & we can also take a free english audio guide that explains each display. Can...
Reviewed:2017/11/09 Good exhibit on Izumo but limited English description available
Visiting this definitely help you understand Izumo better, worth a visit if you are interested in history

- many different types of exhibit
- very friendly and helpful staff even with limited...

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Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Taishachoukidukihigashi 99-4 [ map ]
Izumo / Iwami GinzanArea
*Latest entry time is 30 minutes the closing hours.
3rdTuesday *Subject to change
[Permanent Exhibition] General 620yen (Group 490yen), University students 410yen (Group 320yen), Elementary and junior high school students 200yen (Group 160yen)
Parking Lot
Available 244spaces
Credit Card
Not available
Not available (non-smoking in the building)
Available (Shimane Beginning Wi-Fi)
Vegetarian Menu
Not available
English Menu
Available (English audio guide rental/Not available fee)
*Closed due to maintenance in the building until April 23, 2019
Average budget
[Lunch] 1,001-3,000yen
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Wheelchair accessible
Infant friendly

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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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