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Shimane

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

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Heron Dance

Heron Dance

Although a small countryside town, Tsuwano has festivals with a few hundred years of history. The most important of them is the Heron Dance in July. Performed on the same date every year, it draws a big crowd of spectators. As the most important cere..

Tsuwano's Obon Dance

Tsuwano's Obon Dance

Tsuwano dance is a unique obon dance, in the small castle town of Tsuwano, Shimane, that has been performed for over 400 years. It is performed on the 15th of August every year, as their annual Obon dance. The dance itself is slow paced and has 21 st..

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Matsue

Matsue

Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, with a population of around 200,000, and there are many reasons for the visitor to travel to this remote part of Japan. Matsue has been called the birthplace of Japan and the water city. The birthplace of idea comes from the fact that part of Jap..

Izumo

Izumo

My trip to Izumo and Japan was tied completely to a personal matter. Not visiting as a tourist. Nor planning a leisurly trip. Just following a rather cold plan to concentrate solely on this thing I had to deal with; as it had significant importance to my future. However, you just can not plan a tri..

Dining

Meguruya: Classy Travelers' Café

Meguruya: Classy Travelers' Café

The little historic port town of Yunotsu, known for its hot springs and the nearby Iwami Silver Mines (both are World Heritage Sites), has several cafes, inns, and bathhouses in remodeled old buildings along its single winding lane. But memories of M..

Coffee at the Adachi Museum of Art

Coffee at the Adachi Museum of Art

Midori, one of the four cafés at the Adachi Museum of Art (video, more photos), is elegant and modern with views looking out at the Dry Landscape Garden as well as the White Gravel and Pine Garden through a glass wall. Soft classical music flo..

Cafe Rosso

Cafe Rosso

Whether driving to Yasugi City or through it, you owe it to yourself to stop by Cafe Rosso on Route 9. Cafe Rosso is proudly owned and cared for by world renowned Barista Hiroyuki Kadowaki, a local native of Yasugi. In 2005, Hiroyuki took 2..

Places to stay

Fukuma-kan

Fukuma-kan

Japan is known for its quirky metropolitan cities and the contrasting beauty of its idyllic countryside towns. Where the former is easily accessible, it is difficult for visitors to decide upon a location that will live up to the massive expectations..

Oki Plaza Hotel

Oki Plaza Hotel

The Oki Plaza Hotel is a tall building conveniently located in the Saigo Port a 5 minute walk from the ferry terminal. Standing proudly at a full 10 stories high it's the tallest building in the Oki archipelago. A walk around the local area takes..

Oki Seaside Hotel Tsurumaru

Oki Seaside Hotel Tsurumaru

The Oki Seaside Hotel Tsurumaru known to the locals as 'Tsurumaru' is an ocean front complex with its own yacht harbor. Nearly every room faces the ocean and the environment of the Oki Islands Geopark surrounds you in a tranquil mix of salty ..

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Otome Toge St. Maria Chapel

Otome Toge St. Maria Chapel

Tsuwano has many famous historical spots, but Otome Toge (乙女峠|おとめとうげ)is where the history itself is not of achievement, but of hardship and sorrow. Christianity was forbidden for most of the Edo period (1600 - 1868), but it was in the first year of t..

Hori Mansion and Garden

Hori Mansion and Garden

Hori Mansion and Garden is the legacy of a wealthy family that had a influential business and cultural interest but was tied down deep inside the Japanese mountains. The copper mines of the emperor made the family wealthy, which they used to build a ..

Making Washi Paper at Saranoki

Making Washi Paper at Saranoki

Washi papermaking was an important industry of the Tsuwano domain. Although it was registered in Hamada, the same UNESCO World Heritage Sekishu Japanese Paper was also made in Tsuwano, where visitors can get a hands-on experience with washi postcard ..

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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
RegionChugoku
IslandHonshu
CapitalMatsue
Population717,397
Area6708.23 sq. km

Located in western Honshu, Shimane 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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