Shimane 1-day-tour Itinerary

The best thing about Shimane is how close in proximity everything is. You can get from one end of the prefecture to the other in about 2 to 3 hours, and most of the tourist spots are relatively close together, making it a great destination for a one-day trip around.

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Day 1
 
Arrive at Matsue Station, and take a thirty minute walk to the Matsue Castle, and enjoy the lower castle streets as well as the castle itself. It may seem small, but it is one of the few remaining castles built in the traditional wooden architecture, rather than concrete. If you’re feeling hungry, grab a bite to eat around the town. We recommend Taimeshi for lunch, a delicious fish and rice mixture. 
 
From there, go to the Izumo Taisha Shrine, by going back to Matsue Station and taking the San-In Line Limited express to Isumoshi Station. From there, switch to the Ichibata Line, and you’ll arrive at Izumotaisha-mae Station. All the while on the train, you can enjoy the view of Shinji Lake, Japan’s 7th largest lake. It is especially beautiful during sunset. From there, it's a 15 minute walk to the temple, where you can enjoy one of Japan’s oldest Shinto Shrines.
If you like, you can stay the night at a local ryokan, or one of the many ryokan that line the Shinji Lake, and enjoy a nice boat ride the next day. 

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