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).

Places to visit in Shimane

We have information on many shops, attractions and events in that we'd love to share with you. Please click the button below to view the most popular ones on a map.

VIEW SIGHTS ON MAP

Sights in Shimane

Travel
Sight in Shimane

Ochi Canoe Village

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

Travel
Sight in Shimane

Tachikue Gorge Natural Park

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

Travel
Sight in Shimane

Izumo Culture Handing-Down Museum

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

Travel
Sight in Shimane

Yasugibushiya (Loach Scooping Dance Experience)

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

Travel
Sight in Shimane

Turban Shell Rice "Sazae Mura"

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

Travel
Sight in Shimane

Turban Shell Rice "Ajumaya"

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

Travel
Article by Odigo Travel

Shimane Food Guide

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

Travel
Article by Odigo Travel

Shimane Access Guide

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

Travel
Article by Odigo Travel

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

Hotels in Shimane

Travel
Hotel in Shimane

Yuzuriha

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

Travel
Hotel in Shimane

Hotel Gyokusen

Hotel Gyokusen is situated in Matsue, 100 metres from Tamatsukuri Onsen and 3.9 km from Lake Shinji. The ryokan has a hot spring bath and sauna, and guests can

Travel
Hotel in Shimane

Matsue Forest Park

Featuring air conditioning, Matsue Forest Park is set in Matsue, 11 km from Tamatsukuri Onsen. Lake Shinji is 15 km from the property. Free WiFi is featured .

Travel
Hotel in Shimane

Auberge Shikinouta

Auberge Shikinouta offers accommodation in Tsuwano. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Some units feature a se

Travel
Hotel in Shimane

Chorakuen

Located in Matsue, 300 metres from Tamatsukuri Onsen, Chorakuen features air-conditioned rooms and free private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant

Travel
Hotel in Shimane

Mihokan

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

Neighborhoods

Travel
Neighborhood in Shimane

Oki Island

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

Travel
Neighborhood in Shimane

Izumo

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

Nearby Locations

Travel
Location

Yamaguchi

Yamaguchi is on the westernmost tip of Honshu, and because of its proximity, historically it has been an important center of cultural exchange with the Korean P

Travel
Location

Tottori

Tottori prefecture along the Sea of Japan coast is best known for its sand dunes (Tottori Sakyu) and Sand Sculpture Museum. The spiritual center of mountain wor

Travel
Location

Okayama

Okayama prefecture is situated along the Seto inland sea across from Shikoku. Just 15 minutes outside the capital city, visitors can enjoy the preserved old can

Travel
Location

Hiroshima

The traditional center of the Chugoku region of Japan, and home to over 2.8 million people, Hiroshima is famous and infamous in its history and major sights. Hi