Best 10 things to do and places to visit in Shimane, Japan 2022

I would like to introduce you to the place where the nation of Japan began: Shimane! Many people do not visit Shimane because of its remoteness, but if you are interested in learning more about and experiencing Japan, this is the place for you. The population is about 600,000. Famous products include soba noodles, basket clam, and fresh seafood. It is also famous as the place where Japan began.

You can feel real Japan life more in Shimane

Where is Shimane

Shimane is located in the San-in region. The main cities are Matsue, famous for its castle, Izumo City, where Izumo Taisha Shrine is located, and Gotsu City, the furthest city from Tokyo.

How do I get there

It takes about 2 hours from Tokyo by air, and both ANA and JAL operate flights. A round trip costs about 30,000~50,000 yen. From Osaka, it takes about 2 hours by express train. From Hiroshima, it takes 1.5 hours by bus.

Visiting Matsue Castle

matsue castle
Matsue Castle

Walking around Matsue city

matsue
the moat around Matsue castle
matsue
Shrine

Chilling out at Lake Shinji

matsue
Lake shinji
Yomegashima is in Lake Shinji

Trying Japanese traditional Izumo Soba

matsue
Izumo soba and Oyakodon at Shindai soba
very strong aroma

Hot spring at Tamatsukuri onsen

its famous for beautiful skin
Tamatsukuri onsen town

Trying fabulous Sashimi-don

Sashimi-don 20$
Wakatake sushi

Riding a Sanin Honsen Train

Sanin Honsen runs along the ocean
great view

Visiting Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha
cluster amaryllis

Enjoying whole Izumo city and ocean view

from an observatory
On the beach small island with small shrine

Visiting Gotsu city which most far city from Tokyo

Asari beach
Red roof tile is famous

Staying local traditional Japanese house at Gotsu

Asari house
Very traditional Japanese style kicthen

How was Shimane? Do you want to go there? If so, I’m so happy. This post may be good for you, Top 10 you must visit in Japan. See you next time!

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