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Shimane

Home of Izumo-Taisha, Matsue Castle and the Oki Islands

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Kiyonori Kikutake Exhibition

Kiyonori Kikutake Exhibition

Jan 22nd - Mar 22nd

Kiyonori Kikutake (1928-2011) was one of Japan's leading architects after the war, and was also the designer of the Shimane..

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Sakura Season at Matsue Castle Park

Sakura Season at Matsue Castle Park

Mar 20th - Apr 4th

Designated as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Tree viewing spots, Matsue Castle Park is a delight during spring. Around 200 sakura..

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Yabusame Horse Archery Tsuwano

Yabusame Horse Archery Tsuwano

Mid Apr

Yabusame is a horse archery festival in Tsuwano, held on the second Sunday of April every year. The horse archery ground in Tsuwano..

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Where to eat in Shimane

Okigyu 8

Okigyu

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Beautifully marbled beef richer than its commercial counterparts in monosaturated fats, omega-3, and omega-6 fatty acids and lower..

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Oki Sannana 7

Oki Sannana

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What is comfort food like in the Oki Islands? The freshest seafood you can get, which includes the prized turban shell, known ..

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Places to stay in Shimane

Fukuma-kan

Fukuma-kan

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Located in the Mihonoseki Harbour on the Northern tip of Shimane Peninsula, Fukuma-kan is a ryokan offering magnificent views of..

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Marine Port Hotel Ama 7

Marine Port Hotel Ama

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Ideally located near Hishiura port, Marine Port Hotel Ama is a great starting point to explore Ama Town. The BBQ dinner package..

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Latest Shimane Reports

Matsue's Kounkaku

Matsue's Kounkaku

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Matsue's Kounkaku was built to entertain the Emperor of Japan in the early 1900s. Since then, it's been a venue for events..

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Izumo Airport

Izumo Airport

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The Izumo Enmusubi Airport is conveniently located in close proximity to the cultural centers of Izumo and Matsue in Shimane.

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Shimane Art Museum

Shimane Art Museum

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The Shimane Art Museum has a wealth of art on display from both Japanese and international artists. Of particular interest are works..

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About Shimane

Okinawa Nagasaki Fukuoka Saga Kumamoto Kagoshima Miyazaki Oita Ehime Kochi Tokushima Kagawa Yamaguchi Hiroshima Okayama Tottori Shimane Hyogo Kyoto Osaka Wakayama Nara Shiga Mie Fukui Ishikawa Toyama Gifu Aichi Nagano Shizuoka Niigata Yamanashi Kanagawa Tokyo Saitama Gunma Tochigi Chiba Ibaraki Fukushima Miyagi Yamagata Iwate Akita Aomori Hokkaido
Region Chugoku
Island Honshu
Capital Matsue
Population 717,397
Area 6708.23 sq. km

Located in western Honshu, Shimane Prefecture (島根県, Shimane-ken) is an unfairly underrated tourist destination; there’s more to see and do here than what some people might tell you.

Shimane is most noted for the Izumo-Taisha, which is one of Japan’s can’t-miss sites and is a surprisingly popular date spot; it houses the Shinto deity of marriage, attracting couples from all over the country. Matsue Castle and Kamosu Jinja are two of Matsue City’s most prominent features, along with its many hot springs.

The Oki Islands have some of Japan’s most pristine coasts, while the Adachi Museum of Art is renowned for its breathtaking Japanese garden. The Iwami Ginzan, the largest silver mine in Japanese history, is a World Heritage Site.

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