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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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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...Read more

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First Time in Shimane

Shimane prefecture is perfect for those who want to learn and experience true traditional Japanese culture, be it art, religion or architecture, wi...Read more

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Shimane Access Guide

Photo Cred: Flickr user Kuruman https://www.flickr.com/photos/56886057@N00/15066480167/By Plane The main airport in Shimane is the Izumo Airport. ...Read more

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Oki Island Trip

About the Oki Islands:  The Oki Islands are made up of about 180 islands, 4 of which are inhabited islands, which only consist of a combined popul...Read more

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Izumo Trip

About Izumo: Izumo, a birthplace of myths and legends. As the legend goes, every November the Gods gather around Izumo from across the nation to c...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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Inasanohama Beach

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 t...Read more

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Matsue Castle

Built between 1607 and 1611, this feudal castle is one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan remaining in their original wooden form. Nick...Read more

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Tamatsukuri Hot Springs Area

This is an onsen area of Tamatsukuri, known as the “baths of the gods”. Traditional ryokan (Japanese inns) can be found here along Tamayu River, wh...Read more

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Dangyo Falls

Dangyo Falls is located upstream on the Nagu river, and consists of two warterfalls: Osudaki (Male Waterfall) and Mesudaki (Female Waterfall). The ...Read more

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Yaegaki Jinja Shrine

Shinto shrine for the God Susanoo and Princess Kushinada. This shrine is dedicated to marriage and matchmaking.Read more

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Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and its culture landscape were designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007. About 600 mine tunnels were used for e...Read more

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