Shimane Prefecture | Travel Guide
While Shimane prefecture in the southwestern part of Japan’s main island might not be a typical destination for international tourists, it has plenty to offer in terms of nature and history. Matsue Castle is one of the most famous castles in Japan and attracts many visitors. The Taikodani Inari Shrine is a quiet version of the famous Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. This travel guide will help you figure out where to go in Shimane!
The manicured gardens and galleries of the Adachi Museum of Art are unmissable. There are also many great hiking trails including Mt. Sambe in Daisen-Oki National Park.
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.