Sublime Lake Shinji in Shimane

Sunset and Moonlight at Matsue's Lake Shinji

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

Sometimes, I get the urge to see sunsets in Matsue city, in Shimane prefecture. Here, there is the second largest lake in Japan, Lake Shinji.

The sunsets here have made this lake very famous throughout Japan. At 30 minutes before the sun sets, the lake turns red, and the drama reaches its climax when Yomegashima Island becomes silhouetted by the setting sun. This breath-taking view was selected as one of "The 100 Best Sunsets in Japan". The other highlight is the 'Moonlit Yomegashima Island'. Only a few people know about this magical view of the island under the moonlight, so this might be your chance to be one of its few witnesses!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose