Shimane Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main island of Honshu. The capital is the city of Matsue.
Area is 2,589 sq mi. The population is 712,000.
The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture. The capital city Matsue sits between Lake Shinji and Nakaumi, along the banks of the Ohashi river connecting the two.
Tsuwano is a town located in south of Shimane Prefecture. Popularly it is called the “Little Kyoto of San-In,”
Tsuwano, located in the westernmost part of Shimane Prefecture, is a small castle town that prides itself on traditional arts, crafts, and literature. Please visit this attractive town for your Japan tour.
Adachi Museum of Art
Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi City is the most popular museum in Sanin region. Its garden has been selected as the top one in Japan by US gardening magazine.
Oki Islands (Shimane)
Okinoshima Islands are in Shimane Prefecture, 50 km north from the mainland. They attracts tourists by their beautiful scenery and an interesting history.
Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture. Matsue Castle is the symbol of the city. You can also enjoy a Horikawa cruise, the Yushien Peony Garden and Lake Shinji.
Izumo Taisha Shrine
Izumo Taisha locates in the east of Shimane Prefecture dedicated to the Shinto God Okuninushi-no-Mikoto. This shrine is regarded as the shrine of the marriage.