ShimaneShimane 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).
Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine
Izumo Grand Shrine is one of the most important shrines of the Shinto religion. Some say that this shrine was built in the 600s, and nowadays, the Izumo Grand Shrine is a popular spot for matchmaking and the god of marriage, packed with over 2 million visitors
This art museum consists of traditional Japanese gardens, painting galleries of famous Japanese artists (both classic and modern), ceramics, and more. The stunning 160,000 square meter garden was voted Best Japanese Garden by Sukiya Living/The Journal of Japan
Built in 1903, this lighthouse is the tallest in Japan, measuring in at 43.65 meters and is listed as one of the top 100 most beautiful lighthouses in the world. The lighthouse is pearly white, a stark contrast from the blue sky and ocean. Stunning views of th
Located about 10 minutes east of the Izumo Grand Shrine is Inasanohama, a beach said to welcome all the deities on their way to Grand Shrine. To this day, the welcoming ritual continues, and this shrine has become a power spot for worshipers. This beach is al
Kyu-Taisha Station is the former station of the city, which now displays the "D51" steam locomotive.
Hinomisaki Jinja Shrine
The shrine, built about 380 years ago, is composed of the upper shrine "Kami no Miya" and the lower shrine "Hishizumi no Miya".
Izumo Royal Hotel
Izumo Royal Hotel offers accommodation in Izumo. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. The rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room.
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 enjoy a meal at the restaurant.
Counting an almost 200-year history, Fukumakan features Japanese-style rooms and freestanding cottages, some overlooking Miho Bay. Bicycle rentals are available, and the hotel offers a free shuttle to/from Yonago Airport and JR Sa
Green Rich Hotel Izumo
Located in Izumo, 8 km from Izumo-Taisha Grand Shrine, Green Rich Hotel Izumo features air-conditioned rooms and private parking. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Every room includes a flat-screen TV. You will find a kett
International Hotel Tamatsukuri
Featuring free WiFi, International Hotel Tamatsukuri is located in Matsue, 2 km from Tamatsukuri Onsen. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site.
Twin Leaves Hotel Izumo
A mere 1-minute walk from Izumo Station, Twin Leaves Hotel offers rooms with free wired internet. Featuring a restaurant and massage services, it is adjacent to a department store. The air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Twin Leaves a
Matsue New Urban Hotel
Matsue New Urban Hotel is a 7-minute drive from JR Matsue Station and a 12-minute walk from the Matsue Castle. It features a public hot-spring bath, a restaurant and rooms with free Wi-Fi.
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 from Haneda to Izumo, and from there, you can take a bus from the airport to Matsue Station, in about