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Shimane

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

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Heron Dance

Heron Dance

Jul 20th - Jul 27th

The Heron dance is a longstanding tradition in Tsuwano, protecting people from illnesses since about 400 years ago. The white feathers..

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Tsuwano's Obon Dance

Tsuwano's Obon Dance

Mid Aug

Tsuwano dance is a unique obon dance, in the small castle town of Tsuwano, Shimane, that has been performed for over 400 years...

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Where to eat in Shimane

Okigyu 8

Okigyu

Sherilyn Siy

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

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Ramen Dining Naseba Naru Kakeru

Ramen Dining Naseba Naru Kakeru

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Ramen Dining Naseba Naru Kakeru is located inside Matsue Station, and provides an easy to navigate menu and experience - particularly..

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Places to stay in Shimane

Fukuma-kan

Fukuma-kan

Lester Goh

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

Sherilyn Siy

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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Yasugi Station

Yasugi Station

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Yasugi Station is located on the Sanin Main Line in Shimane, around 15 minutes from the prefectural capital of Matsue. The station..

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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 km²

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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