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Member Regional Governments Japan Shimane Prefecture Culture & Tourism

Natural View

Matsue Castle

Completed in 1611 and one of the few remaining original castles in Japan, Matsue Castle was built over a five-year period by Yoshiharu Horio, founder of Matsue City. The castle tower is the only such remaining in the San-in Region, and visitors are treated to a panoramic view from its top floor. Beautiful camellia and cherry blossoms fill the castle grounds during spring.

Information

  • Address : 1-5, Tono-machi, Matsue-City, Shimane-Prefecture
  • Access : 10 minutes by Ichibata bus from JR Matsue Station, get off at Kencho mae bus stop and walk 5 minutes.
  • Opening hours :
    • Entry to Main Castle : Apr.-Sept. 7:00-19:30O
      Oct.-Mar. 8:30-17:00
    • Entry to Castle Tower : Apr.-Sept. 8:30-18:30 (Entry by 18:00)
      Oct.-Mar. 8:30-17:00 (Entry by 16:30)
  • Price : ¥280 (Adults) / ¥140 (students under elementary school)
  • Tel : 0852-21-4030
  • URL :http://www.matsue-tourism.or.en/m_castle/

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

Dedicated to the Shinto god of marriage, Okuninushi-no-mikoto, Izumo Taisha is one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Japan. The inner shrine is constructed in the Taisha-zukuri style, Japan's oldest form of shrine architecture, and has been designated a national treasure. Each year during the 10th month of the lunar calendar, the gods from throughout Japan congregate at Izumo Taisha for their annual meeting. Only in Izumo is this month known as “The Month With Gods.” The Shimenawa Rope that hangs in front of kaguraden is the largest in Japan, weighing an impressive 5 tons.

Information

  • Address : 195, Kizuki-higashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo-City, Shimane-Prefecture
  • Access :
    • From Izumo Airport, take airport bus for "Izumo Taisha"(35min.)
    • From JR Izumo Sta, take a route bus (22min.),or take a train from Dentetsu Izumoshi Sta.(Ichibata Railways)for "Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Sta." and change trains at "Kawato Sta." to "Izumo Taisha Mae Sta."
    • From JR Matsue Sta, take a route bus to "Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Sta." and take a train for"Dentetsu Izumoshi Sta." then change trains at "Kawato Sta." to "Izumo Taisha Mae Sta."from Izumo Taisha-mae Station, it takes 7 minutes walk to the front gate of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine.
  • Opening hours : Open every day
  • Price : Free
  • Tel : 0853-53-3100
  • URL :http://www.shinbutsu.jp/english/32.html

Kuniga Coast

This is the most well-known sightseeing area of the Oki Islands. This area has a dynamic landscape. Enjoy the contrast between the natural scenery, which features a rock arch called Tsuten-kyo-arch, a lofty precipice known as Matengai-cliff, and Cattle and horses graze along the impressive rocky cliff coastline. Visitors can enjoy sea kayaking, diving, snorkeling and swimming here in the summer months. Hiking along the coast is also very popular.

Information

  • Address : Nishinoshima-cho, Oki-gun
  • Access : You can access many different places along the coast. 20 – 30 minutes by car/taxi/local bus/sightseeing bus to the ’Kuniga’bus stop, 40 – 60 minutes by bicycle.
  • Price : Entrance free
  • Tel : 08514-7-8888 (Nishinosima Tourism Association)
  • Sightseeing Navigation in Shimane