It's almost impossible to miss the train - it's bright pink! (Photo: Kim B)

Ichibata Electric Railway

Getting from A to B in Shimane

It's almost impossible to miss the train - it's bright pink! (Photo: Kim B)
Kim   - 2 min read

If you're visiting Shimane Prefecture, it's likely that you've got either Matsue, Izumo, or both on your travel itinerary. One of the easiest ways to get to and from those places is by using the Ichibata Electric Railway, a train line that connects the cities.

The railway makes it incredibly convenient to visit a number of Shimane's best attractions for visitors, including spots like the Izumo Taisha Shrine, Inasanohama Beach, Matsue Castle, the Matsue Vogel Park and more. The railway line also hugs famous Lake Shinji for much of the route, giving you some spectacularly tranquil views. Lake Shinji is often revered as one of Japan's best spots to enjoy the sunrise and sunset, but it's a photogenic destination no matter the time of day.

If you're a fan of all things cute, you're in for a treat as well. The Ichibata Electric Railway train carriages are decked out in a bright pink hue, with the region's mascot, Shimanekko, adorning the sides. Once you're inside, you may even be able to snag a seat right next to Shimanekko - there's a character figurine on one of the seats.

If you are wondering how to structure a trip to maximize the sites you can see along the route, visit the Ichibata Electric Railway website for more details. Timetable information is also available by accessing the following link.

Getting there

The Ichibata Electric Railway spans a 42 kilometer route from Izumo to Matsue. Certain stations along the route are unmanned stations. A full list of stops, as well as which stations are manned and unmanned, can be found at the Ichibata Electric Railway website.

Certain special tickets are available, including a one day hop-on hop-off pass priced at 1500 yen for adults and 800 yen for children aged 12 and under. Depending on your travel plans and how many stops you intend on making, this can be a great budget-friendly option. Do note that special tickets are only available from manned stations along the route.


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