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Shimane

Home of Izumo-Taisha, Matsue Castle and the Oki Islands

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Night Kagura - Theatre For the Gods

Night Kagura - Theatre For the Gods

Early Aug - Late Sep

Night Kagura, is a dance theater for the entertainment of thee gods. Watching it in the illuminated Inari Shrine was a beautiful..

Taikodani Inari Shrine ¥500

Where to eat in Shimane

Ramen Dining Naseba Naru Kakeru

Ramen Dining Naseba Naru Kakeru

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Ramen Dining Naseba Naru Kakeru is located inside Matsue Station, and provides an easy to navigate menu and experience - particularly..

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Places to stay in Shimane

Fukuma-kan

Fukuma-kan

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Located in the Mihonoseki Harbour on the Northern tip of Shimane Peninsula, Fukuma-kan is a ryokan offering magnificent views of..

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Izumo Airport

Izumo Airport

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The Izumo Enmusubi Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to the cultural centers of Izumo and Matsue in Shimane.

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Shimane Art Museum

Shimane Art Museum

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The Shimane Art Museum has a wealth of art on display from both Japanese and international artists. Of particular interest are works..

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Nima Sand Museum

Nima Sand Museum

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Shimane's Nima Sand Museum lays claim to being the home of the world's largest hourglass - it takes a full year from the..

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About Shimane

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chugoku
Island Honshu
Capital Matsue
Population 717,397
Area 6708.23 sq. km

Located in western Honshu, Shimane Prefecture (島根県, Shimane-ken) is an unfairly underrated tourist destination; there’s more to see and do here than what some people might tell you.

Shimane is most noted for the Izumo-Taisha, which is one of Japan’s can’t-miss sites and is a surprisingly popular date spot; it houses the Shinto deity of marriage, attracting couples from all over the country. Matsue Castle and Kamosu Jinja are two of Matsue City’s most prominent features, along with its many hot springs.

The Oki Islands have some of Japan’s most pristine coasts, while the Adachi Museum of Art is renowned for its breathtaking Japanese garden. The Iwami Ginzan, the largest silver mine in Japanese history, is a World Heritage Site.

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