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Shimane

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

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Fashion in Japan 1945-2020: Shimane

Fashion in Japan 1945-2020: Shimane

Mar 20th - May 16th

A special exhibition at the Iwami Museum in Shimane introduces Japanese fashion from the postwar period to the present, and some..

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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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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Kissa Kiharu Cafe

Kissa Kiharu Cafe

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If you're headed to the Matsue History Museum, you have to pay a visit to the on-site cafe known as Kissa Kiharu. The cafe serves..

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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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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