Shimane

About Shimane

Shimane lies near the western tip of Japan's main island on the Sea of Japan side. Although sparsely populated it was once a center of trade with China, so it boasts a good number of important historic sites, including Matsue Castle. Izumo Taisha is said to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine and the place that the gods gather once a year to do business. However, there's more to this historical prefecture than ancient shrines and temples, as a bit of cutting edge technology is present as well. Of note to tech trivia fans: Matsue is the birthplace of the programming language Ruby. For the creative traveler, beauty and inspiration are alive in The Adachi Museum of Art which pairs Japanese artwork and gardens. During your travels be sure to try the regional specialties of taimeishi (sea bream steamed on rice) and shijimi jiru (clam soup).

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Sights in Shimane

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Ochi Canoe Village

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At this campsite in Misato, Shimane, visitors are able to experience the great outdoors and try out kayaking and canoeing. The Ochi Canoe Village provides instr

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Tachikue Gorge Natural Park

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Tachikue Gorge Natural Park is a prefectural natural park. Having strong ties with Buddhism, this picturesque gorge features uniquely shaped rocks that tower up

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Izumo Culture Handing-Down Museum

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This museum opened in 1991 and is focused on conveying long lost traditions in the area. The Izumo Cultural Heritage Museum is surrounded by tsukiji pine trees

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Yasugibushiya (Loach Scooping Dance Experience)

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Yasugi city is well known for their dojou-sukui or loach scooping. "Dojou” is Japanese for loach, a small freshwater fish, and "sukui" means to scoop up with a

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Turban Shell Rice "Sazae Mura"

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Literally translated to "Sazae Village", this restaurant specializes in all dishes related to sazae. Sazae is a type of sea snail that is used as a local delica

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Turban Shell Rice "Ajumaya"

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Serving various dishes that include sazae, a type of sea snail, this restaurant is known for its reasonable prices and homely atmosphere. It’s found on the road

Recent Articles

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Shimane Food Guide

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Shijimi SoupShijimi Soup is probably the most simple old-school Japanese soup you can make (aside from miso soup, of course). It includes the broth of the Shiji

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Shimane Access Guide

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Photo Cred: Flickr user Kuruman [email protected]/15066480167/By Plane The main airport in Shimane is the Izumo Airport. There are several flights every day going f

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Shimane 1-day-tour Itinerary

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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

Hotels in Shimane

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Yuzuriha

Hotel in Shimane

Yuzuriha is situated in Ōmorichō, 40 km from Izumo. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Each room at

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Mihokan

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Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Mihokan offers accommodation in Mihonoseki, 26 km from Matsue. Every room at this ryokan is air conditioned and fe

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Fukumakan

Hotel in Shimane

Counting an almost 200-year history, Fukumakan features Japanese-style rooms and freestanding cottages, some overlooking Miho Bay. Bicycle rentals are available

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Shouen

Hotel in Shimane

Located in the Yunokawa hot spring area, Shouen offers accommodations featuring ancient cultural themes yet with modern interiors. Guests can relax in the publi

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Mt Ichibata Cottage

Hotel in Shimane

Featuring free WiFi, Mt Ichibata Cottage is set in Kozakai, 16 km from Matsue. Izumo is 18 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site.

Neighborhoods

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Oki Island

Neighborhood in Shimane

If you’re looking to explore Japan beyond the usual tourist attractions, or simply to get away from the bustle of the cities and enjoy nature, Oki Island should

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Izumo

Neighborhood in Shimane

Izumo is a fascinating place. Land of legends, the province of the gods, the birthplace of Japan – these are just a few of the words used to describe this sceni

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