SL Yamaguchi Train Schedule for 2018

Experience a Steam Locomotive Journey

SL Yamaguchi

SL Yamaguchi-go Steam Train, is an engine model C571 steam locomotive train which runs through the unspoiled countryside between JR Shin-Yamaguchi Station (Yamaguchi) and Tsuwano Station.  Its beautiful black solid iron body impresses all the SL fans. And even if you are not a SL fan, your heart will beat just as fast when you hear it blowing its whistle as it comes by leaving a trail of steam and smoke. 

SL YamaguchiSL Yamaguchi, also known by its nickname “The Lady”,  is a retro five coach train with three different car style types.

Shin-yamaguchi Station, easily reachable by bullet train, is where your 2 hour journey on the SL Yamaguchi will start . It is recommended to reserve in the observation coach or open the windows to enjoy the lovely scenery, however, please be careful when you go through tunnels. Hurry back inside and close the windows, or you will find yourself sooty by the time you get out.

 At the last stop, the old castle town of Tsuwano will be waiting for you. At this time you can watch the SL train turn around on the turntable at the Tsuwano Station to make its return trip back to Shin-yamaguchi Station. 


SL yamaguchi

History of SL Yamaguchi

 In Japan, steam locomotive trains were put out of service at the end of 1960s, and steam locomotives on the Yamaguchi Line also disappeared in 1973. However, a lot of SL fans were eager to see restored SLs run again and it was then decided that the traction engine Model C571 would run again on the Yamaguchi Line.

During the summer of 2013, heavy rain hit Shimane several times, leaving damages across the western Shimane. JR Railway’s lines were seriously damaged and some sections were put out of service. SL Yamaguchi was also put out of service for a year and its absence was lamented by not only train fans, but also many locals and sightseers. 

The beloved SL Yamaguchi made its come back the next summer, running proudly through the unspoiled nature again and was welcomed by a lot of people.  


Operation schedule 2018
     *The operating schedule may be subject to change.

March – 24, 25, 31
April – 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, 30
May – 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
June – 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30
July – 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28, 29
August – 1, 4, 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 25, 26
September – 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30
October – 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28
November – 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
– 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24
※ SL Yamaguchi doesn’t run during winter, except Christmas holidays and New Year holidays.

Time Table
[Outbound : Shin-Yamaguchi 10:50 ⇒ Yamaguchi 11:13 ⇒ Tsuwano 12:59 ]
[Inbound : Tsuwano 15:45 ⇒ Yamaguchi 17:09 ⇒ Shin-Yamaguchi 17:30 ]

SL YamaguchiTicket Information
*SL Yamaguchi is a reserved -seat train. You need a railway ticket (You don’t need it if you are a Japan Rail Pass holder) and also need to reserve your seat in advance (Rail Pass holders also need to pay the fee for the reserved seat ticket). You can purchase and/or reserve your seats at ticket reservation office Midori-no Madoguchi at JR stations or major travel agencies . Tickets can be purchased from a month in advance.
The fare and the vacant seat conditions are available on the official website (Japanese) or by phone.
Customer support center : +81(0)570-00-2486 /JR WEST JAPAN Hiroshima Branch :+81(0)82-264-7420




[Bird watching spot] 1,000 Swans Wintering in Yasugi City

wintering swans with Mt. Daisen in the background in Yasugi City


 01  About Swans in Nogi Plain

Nogi Plain in Yasugi City is a great place for bird watching.

Since around 1975 swans began to come to Nogi Plain for wintering. Now, every year around 1,000 swans come here from Siberia to pass the winter. Usually they come here in early November and stay until mid March. Actually these swans sleep at nearby Yonago Mizudori Park in Yonago City, Tottori, and ‘commute’ to this Nogi Plain every morning for food, spend daytime here and get back to the park to rest in the evening and night.

It is said that they love this Nogi Plain which has vast ricefields because food is still plentiful after the harvesting of the ricefields (second yielding rice stalks, leaves, roots etc.) and the space is quiet and wide open which give swans a nice distance from human beings/cars.


wintering swans in Yasugi City


 02   Bird-watching tips

Swans are very sensitive and to get frightened easily. So when you come here for bird watching, please keep in mind to always keep a good distance from the birds so that they keep coming peacefully in the future. Please also refrain from making loud noises. And also do not feed the birds. Happy and safe bird watching for both swans and humans 🙂


 03   Access

10 mins by car from Yasugi I.C. on San’in Expressway




 04   Nearby recommended spots

Adachi Museum of Art (Yasugi City)

Yasugibushi Performance Hall (Yasugi City)

Yasugi Kiyomizudera Temple (Yasugi City)

Yuushien Garden (Matsue City)

Matsue Castle (National Treasure) (Matsue City)

Lake Shinji (Matsue City)
sunset in LakeShinji


More info and photos: (Japanese site)




【25-26 Nov.】INAKA illumination 2017 at the station in the sky

INAKA Illumination is completely different from the flashy lights of the city. Here visitors enter a world of illusion and fantasy.



Ohnan Town is holding its 8th annual INAKA Illumination event this November 25th and 26th 2017. Come see the spectacular display of over 35,000 hand-arranged LED lights at Ohnan’s famous JR Uzui Station. The event includes locally crafted illumination artwork, illuminated performances and Ohnan’s specialty A-class gourmet food.

For the past 7 years, Uzui village has held INAKA Illumination to revitalize the local community and promote the Ohnan’s only train – the JR Sankosen line. This line first opened in 1930, and from 1975 connected Gotsu City and Miyoshi City, yet due to budgetary issues it will be permanently discontinued March 2018.

Come out and send off the Sankosen line with a bang!





 01    HISTORY

INAKA Illumination first began in 2010 as a way to stimulate the local community and the use of the JR Sankosen local train. At the suggestion of a local LED company, and with the cooperation of a special design company in Osaka, INAKA Illumination was realized and has become a focal point of Ohnan’s fall/winter season.

Uzui Station has 116 steps and stands 20 meters (65 feet) above the ground. It is also known as “the station in the sky.” While only 130 people live in the Uzui area, 60% of whom are senior citizens, approximately 8,000 people attend this event each year. (That’s over 60 times the population of the area.)

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INAKA Illumination is completely different from the flashy lights of the city. Here visitors enter a world of illusion and fantasy. Time stops. Thirty-five thousand LED lights are wound into 5,000 gold shining stalks of rice that stretch out across the landscape. Uzui Station’s iron bridge of is afire with vibrant blue. Looking up at the station, it seems to fade seamlessly into the night sky. Scaling the steps and peering down below upon the small village, it’s as if the station itself is nestled among the stars.


The moment that truly draws visitors into the world of imagination is when the Sankosen train pulls into the station. Fans of the manga and anime Galaxy Express 999 (銀河鉄道 999) may recognize the imagery of the train exiting the tunnel and seemingly continuing onward on its journey through the galaxy.




A-Class Gourmet is the farm-to-plate philosophy of using locally grown produce to create delicious dishes, capturing a taste that can only be experienced in Ohnan.


INAKA Illumination hosts food stalls for patrons to try out local cuisine. The following are just a few examples:

・Skewers and bento of Iwami wagyu (High-quality beef, production limited to 200 cows per year)
・Wild boar dishes such as soup and meat buns
・Meals from Ohnan’s Kitchen Car, such as Iwami pork and pasta
・Salted ayu skewers (type of freshwater fish)
・Yakisoba and udon
・Zenzai (sweet red bean soup with mochi)
・Oden (traditional hot soup eaten in the winter)
・Specialty Ohnan cheeses
・Baked sweet potatoes
・Desserts such as grilled manju (sweet red bean bun), crepes, and donuts and soft serve ice cream made with soy milk
・Drinks such as Japanese sake, specialty coffee, café au lait and cider


 03   Event Schedule

Date:  November 25th and 26th (Sat. and Sun.) 2017
Time:  4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where:  JR Uzui Station [map]

*Please be advised that the use of drones is prohibited.


 04   Access

Use the JR Sankosen local train to get the full “station in the stars” experience.


Parking can be found at Hasumi Middle School [map].
Free shuttle buses are available for transportation to and from the event.


 05   More Details of the Event

For more details please check this PDF made by Ohnan Town !



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MICHELIN GREEN GUIDE for San’in (Shimane & Tottori) is now available on website!

24 new sites have been added in this web edition, making 63 sites in total across San’in region listed in MICHELIN GREEN GUIDE JAPON!

Akao lookout kuniga coast

Following sites are newly listed;


【★★ : Recommended】

  • Oki Islands (Oki Islands)
  • Kuniga Coast & Matengai Cliffs (Nishinoshima Town)
  • Yuushien Garden (Matsue City)


【★ : Interesting 】

  • Mihonoseki Lighthouse (Matsue City)
  • Okuizumo Tatara and Japanese Sword Museum (Okuizumo Town)
  • Iwami Kagura (Hamada City)
  • Tamawakasu-no-mikoto Shrine (Okinoshima Town)
  • Saigo-misaki Cape (Okinoshima Town)
  • Takuhi Shrine (Nishinoshima Town)


【 other newly listed sites 】

  • Mihonoseki (Matsue City)
  • Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Museum (Ohda City)
  • Sekishu Washi Center (Hamada City)
  • Ushi-tsuki (Bull Sumo) (Okinoshima Town)


So head to their website and enjoy discovering more about Shimane and Tottori! .

【Michelin in English】
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IWAMI KAGURA – Three new videos are released on Youtube!

Amongst famous Japanese traditional performing arts like Kabuki and Noh, Kagura is the oldest with its origin in ancient Japanese mythology.


Specifically in western Shimane, referred to as the Iwami region, it is called “Iwami Kagura”. It is very popular for its entertaining features, such as the use of sound and visual effects to engage the audience in the performance.

Have a look at these videos showing how each element comes into life through the hands of professionals and creates the dance for gods all together…


 01   Creating Masks  from Washi paper

Variety of masks of Iwami Kagura are made of Washi paper and elaborately painted by professionals…


 02   Creating Embroidery by hand

The brilliantly stunning costumes are also made by hand one by one…


 03   The Soul Music

One of the most remarkable things about Iwami Kagura is that it’s like the soul music for the locals. Everyone, old,  young, men and women, enjoy participating in the traditional performance that is held so dear in their hearts…










■ Watch one of the regular IWAMI KAGURA performance!

Iwami Kagura, the world of Japanese mythology – with 2017 regular schedule





2017 Summer Festivals in Shimane

Fireworks colouring the nights and rows of night stalls can be said as the Japanese summer traditions. During July and August, summer festivals take place around the country. In Shimane, like other areas in Japan,  many people get together to enjoy traditional Japanese-style dancing, singing, fireworks, and delicious festival foods. Some festivals are enjoyed mainly by locals,  so they are recommended for those who like to join the locals and feel the traditional Japan in the countryside.

   East Area         Central Area         West Area        Island Area   


   Summer Festival in Tamatsukuri Onsen    

Summer event

WHERE:  Tamatsukuri Onsen Area (Tamayu-cho, Matsue City) [map

WHEN:  July 15th (sat)~ August 31st (thurs) 2017   everyday from 8:15 p.m. ~

ABOUT :  Tamatsukuri Onsen Area is well known for its long history and highly qualified onsen water. During the summer, while lanterns illuminate the riverside, visitors can enjoy night stalls and various stage events every night. There are night kids stalls offering mini games that children will love to play! Stage events differ every day. Two shows are shown every night – first show, starting at 8:15 pm featuring local artists, differs every day and second show, starting at 9 pm, showcases traditional performances (Yasugibushi or Izumo Kagura)!! Please stay a night here, take a walk along the riverside and enjoy Japanese summer night festival!

    Nima-Goise Festival     

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WHERE :  Around the Nima Sand Museum (Nima-cho, Oda City)  [map]  

WHEN :  July 15th (sat)  2017  3:00 p.m. ~  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~) 2000 count


   Tsuwano Gion Festival, Sagimai Ritual    

Yasaka Shrine Sagi-mai

WHERE : Yasaka Shrine and other spots around central Tsuwano
                    (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]

WHEN :  July 20th (thurs)  2017  3:00 p.m. ~ 5:10 p.m.
                 July 27th (thurs) 2017  3:00 p.m. ~ 5:20 p.m.

ABOUT :  The Sagimai Ritual in Tsuwano is a ritual that has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property with 400 years of history. Wearing costumes that evoke herons, ritual dancers perform to music and drums at several spots around Tsuwano. Originating in Kyoto, Tsuwano is the only location in Japan where the Heron Dance has been continuously held for over 400 years. Performed every year on July 20th(during Yasaka Shrine’s Gion Matsuri) and 27th around Tsuwano town center and Yasaka Shrine.


   Hirose Gion Festival    

Hirose Gion Festival

WHERE : Main Street in Hirose-chō  (Hirose-cho, Yasugi City)  [map]   

WHEN :  July 19th (wed) ~ 21st (fri)  2017  *fireworks 7/21 (8:00 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m.) 1600 count

ABOUT :  One of the three biggest festivals in Shimane, the Gion Matsuri takes place every year on July 21st. A Mikoshi (portable shrine) and Kanto (lantern pole with a lot of lanterns) parade through the town during the night.


   Kisuki Summer Festival    

WHERE :  Hii-River riverbed  (Kisuki-cho, Unnan City)  [map]

WHEN :  July 20th (thurs)  2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m.)  2000 count

ABOUT :   Boasting over two hundred years of history, the festival is host to street stalls that line the main street while Kagura (a traditional dance ritual) is performed. Visitors can enjoy about 2,000 fireworks from a distance of just 120m. Kagura starts at 8:30 p.m.


   Shirakata Tenmangu Summer Festival    

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WHERE :  Matsue Castle ~ Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine area (Matsue City) [map]

WHEN :   July 24th (mon)  5 p.m. ~ , 25th (tues)  10 a.m. ~     2017

ABOUT :   A lot of night stalls stand on the both sides of the main street that leads to Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine. Group of locals bring portable shrines called mikoshi through the main street accompanied by resounding drums and folk music with cheerful and powerful enthusiasm in the heated summer evening air. You can totally soak yourself up in and enjoy the mood of Japanese summer festival!


    Mitoya Tenmangu Shrine Summer Festival    

mitoya tenmangu-shrine
WHERE :  Mitoya River Bank  (Mitoya-cho, Unnan City) [map]  

WHEN :   July 25th (tues) 2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 2000 count



   Eena Matsuri Kawamoto Gonokawa River Fireworks Display    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks Festival

WHERE :  Kawamoto Main Street   (Kawamoto Town, Ochi-Gun) [map]  

 WHEN :  July 29th (sat)  2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2000 count


   ‘Koi Koi Koi’ Festival in Tsuwano    

WHERE : Roadside Station Nagomi-no-Sato (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]

WHEN :  July 29th (sat)  2017  4:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 2400 count

ABOUT :   This festival allows guests to experience fireworks and traditional drumming performances.


    Kirara Taki Summer Festival    


WHERE :  Kirara Beach at Kirara Taki Roadside Station  (Taki-cho, Izumo City)  [map]

WHEN :   July 29th (sat)  2017  4:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 2400 count

ABOUT :   This event takes place on a beautiful beach! It is recommended to come here during the day while the sun is up and have fun at the beach swimming in the shining clear water or having a walk with a great ocean view. The sunset seen from the beach is a must see. At night enjoy the fireworks and night events!


   Matsue Suigo-sai Festival    


WHERE :  Lake Shinji, near the Matsue City Office  (Matsue City)  [map

WHEN :   August 4th (fri)  2017  6:00 p.m. ~
                  August 5th (sat) 2017  1:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~)  10000 count 
                  August 6th (sun) 2017  11:00 a.m. ~

ABOUT :    One of the biggest festivals in San-in, Matsue Suigo-sai Festival takes place for three days in Matsue this year. Incredible 10 thousand fireworks are to be set off above the Lake Shinji, which reflects the beautiful sparks of fireworks on its glossy surface. Matsue is known as the water city and The Lake Shinji represents it.

*Due to the heavy amount of traffic expected, please use public transportation. If you plan on coming by car please park in the designated parking areas.


     Tenryo-san Festival      

WHEN :  August 4th (fri)  2017  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.)  5000-10000 count
WHERE :   Kute Port (Oda City) [map]
WHEN :   August 6th (sun)  2017
WHERE :  near JR Odashi Station (Oda City) [map]

WHEN :  August 27th (sun)  2017
WHERE :  Omori-cho  (Oda City) [map]

ABOUT :    Tenryo-san festival takes place in 3 days at 3 different venues. On August 4th, more than 5,000 beautiful fireworks are set off at Kute Port. On August 6th, you can enjoy many local folk performance such as Tenryo Dancing, Tenryo Drams and Iwami Kagura etc. around JR Oda-shi Station. Lastly, on the 27th, people parade in traditional costumes along the historic town of Omori, in the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine World Heritage Site!


   Lake Jinzai Fireworks Festival    

WHERE : around Lake Jinzai & Kohan no Onsen-yado Kunibiki (Koryo-cho, Izumo City) [map]

WHEN :   August 5th (sat)   2017  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2500 count


   Masuda Suigo-sai Festival    

WHERE :  Takatsu River Bank (Masuda City) [map]

WHEN :  August 5th (sat)   2017  6:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 3500 count


   Hamakko Summer Festival    

WHERE :   Hamada Port (Hamada City) [map]

WHEN :   August 5th (sat)  2017  4:30 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~ 9:15 p.m.) 5000 count

   Yunotsu Onsen Summer Festival     

yunotsu summer festival

WHERE :  Yunotsu Port (Oda City) [map]

WHEN :  August 5th (sat)  2017  5:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (7:50 p.m. ~ 8:20 p.m.) 1000 count

ABOUT :    Fireworks are displayed over Japan Sea and you will enjoy the dynamic view of beautiful fireworks at close! Awe-taking Kagura performances, local food stalls are also something that you can really enjoy!

   Daito Tanabata (Star) Festival    

Daito Tanabata Festival

WHERE :  Daito Shopping Street (Daito-cho, Unnan City) [map]

WHEN :    August 6th (sun)  2017  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~) 1500 count

ABOUT :    This traditional festival has more than 400 years of history. Bamboo are beautifully decorated with wishing papers, as well as the unique amazing floats with lanterns are a must-see!


   Izumo Shinwa (Japanese Myth) Festival    

Izumo Myth Festival

WHERE :   Kunibiki-chuou Street (Imaichicho, Izumo City),
Kandachi River Bank Park (Otsu, Izumo City) [map]

WHEN :  August 11th (fri)  2017   5:00 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m.
                    August 12th (sat)  2017  8:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 8000 count

ABOUT :    This festival take places over 2 days. Izumo Bon Odori folk dancing on 11th and breathtaking 8,000 fireworks display at the Hiikawa riverbank on 12th . Hiikawa River is the setting of one of the Japanese myths, ‘Yamata-no-orochi’. There will also be many night stalls set up too.


   Yasugi Tsuki-no-wa Festival    


WHERE :   Main street in Yasugi [map] & Yasugi Port (Yasugi City) [map]

WHEN :   August 14th (mon) ~ 17th (thurs)   2017
                 *8/14  fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 8:45 p.m.) 4000 count
*Japanese festival float parade every night starting at 9:00 p.m. ~
                      (see the map below for the route)



   Tsuwano Nichihara Ayu Summer Festival    

WHERE :   Takatsugawa River Fisheries Cooperative Nichihara Office (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]

WHEN :       August 15th (tues)  2017  6:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2600 count


    Gonokawa River Festival    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks Festival

WHERE :    Around JR Gotsu Station, Gonokawa River (Gotsu City) [map]

WHEN :     August 16th (tues) 2017   10:00 a.m. ~
                    *fireworks (8:10 p.m. ~) 6000 count + 4000 lanterns on the river


    Kin Nya Monya Festival     

WHERE :    Hishiura Port (Ama Town, Oki-Gun) [map]

WHEN :      August 26th (sat) 2017  1:20 p.m. ~
*parade (6:00 p.m. ~); fireworks (7:30 p.m. ~) 2400 count



Discount for JAPAN RAIL PASS users!

Visit Shimane, the land shrouded in mythology and considered the birthplace of Japan with your JAPAN RAIL PASS !









Bored of the city? You can take a side trip to the other side of Japan and see what the coast of the Sea of Japan looks like. Now with your JAPAN RAIL PASS you can use it on the JR busses between Izumo / Hamada and Hiroshima. Visit Shimane, the land shrouded in mythology and considered the birthplace of Japan.


● Download : brochure here   JapanRailPass-Shimane.Hiroshima


How to Use

*No reservations. Seating based off a first come first served basis.

1     Head to designated JR bus stop

2    Show JAPAN RAIL PASS to driver

3    Board bus and get off at destination


Departure/ Arrival Locations

JR BUS   “MIKOTO”     (Izumo – Hiroshima)

SHIMANE: JR Izumo-shi Station

HIROSHIMA: JR Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Exit), Hiroshima Bus Center

MatsueCastle in Spring

Start off in Izumo with Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine and eat some Izumo soba. Then head to the east to Matsue Castle (National Treasure) and try some local craft beer. Follow with a visit to Japan’s #1 Japanese Garden at Adachi Museum of Art. If you plan on staying the night, indulge yourself in the onsen that the gods themselves bathe in at Tamatsukuri Onsen. The summer at the Oki Islands, 50km off the coast of the mainland, is the perfect season to visit scenic spots and take a dip in some of the most secluded waters off the coast.

Discover more about Matsue & Izumo Area (East Area / Islands Area)!!

JR Hiroshima Station

(Shinkansen Exit)

14:25 15:25 16:40 17:28 18:55
Hiroshima Bus Center 14:40 15:40 16:55 17:45 19:10
JR Izumo-shi Station 17:35 18:27 19:50 20:40 22:05


JR Izumo-shi Station 6:45 8:30 9:30 10:30 19:00
Hiroshima Bus Center 9:40 11:17 12:25 13:25 21:55
JR Hiroshima Station
(Shinkansen Exit)
9:50 11:27 12:35 13:35 22:05

(*Please note that the JAPAN RAIL PASS is only valid with JR trains and JR bus service.)


JR BUS   “ISARIBI”     (Hamada – Hiroshima)

SHIMANE: JR Hamada Station

HIROSHIMA: JR Hiroshima Station (Shinkansen Exit), Hiroshima Bus Center

Iwami Kagura

Start off in Hamada with some good local eats such as Iwami Kagura Meshi and stay till dawn to watch some Iwami Kagura. Head to the east along the coast of the Sea of Japan to the old Iwami Ginzan silver mine shafts (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and then to the world’s biggest hourglass in Nima along its “singing sand beach”. Or you could head west to the museum, Grand Toit which is the combination of the Iwami Art Museum and Iwami Theater. If you head down south from there you will find yourself in “little Kyoto” or Tsuwano, where the streets are still lined with their white plaster walls and canals full of swimming koi.

Discover more about Iwami Area (Central Area / West Shimane)!!

JR Hiroshima Station
(Shinkansen Exit)
6:55 9:20 11:10 13:55 16:20 18:20
Hiroshima Bus Center 7:10 9:35 11:25 14:10 16:35 18:35
JR Hamada Station 9:21 11:24 13:36 16:21 18:46 20:46


JR Hamada Station 6:00 7:45 10:20 12:55 14:45 17:55
Hiroshima Bus Center 8:01 9:58 12:33 15:08 16:58 19:46
JR Hiroshima Station
(Shinkansen Exit)
8:13 10:10 12:45 15:20 17:10 19:58

(*Please note that the JAPAN RAIL PASS is only valid with JR trains and JR bus service.)



Introducing our Time Out TOKYO Pamphlets!

In association with Time Out TOKYO, we are proud to present our 50 THINGS TO DO IN SHIMANE pamphlets.

In association with Time Out TOKYO, we are proud to present our 50 THINGS TO DO IN SHIMANE pamphlets. The pamphlet unfolds to an inside revealing 50 things to do in Shimane while the back side displays a nice map of Shimane.


In association with Timeout TOKYO, we are proud to presend our “50 THINGS TO DO IN SHIMANE” brochures! More details like where to pick up a copy will be up soon (! So how about start planning to visit Shimane on your next holiday? 🙂 . . . . . . #TimeoutTOKYO  #50thingstodoinSHIMANE #exploreunfamiliarjapan #japanesefood. . . ….#discover_shimane #sanin_stagram #Shimane  #日本 #myunseenjapan #japan_daytime_view #landscape_lovers #島根 #ilovejapan #visitJapan  #japantrip #日本旅行 #nature  #bestjapanpics #japan_of_insta #traveljapan #japanholiday #写真好きな人と繋がりたい  #japon  #Japan #ink361_asia #countrylife #local_japan #japanigram #lovers_nippon #japanphoto

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While it may be impossible to fit everything into one trip, due to Shimane being a long prefecture, following this guide will ensure a fun and exciting trip throughout the land of “go-en”, Shimane. Head down to the location nearest to you, grab a copy or two, and start your journey!



Some places to grab a copy:

Tokyo Metro Shibuya Station [map] Time Out Café & Diner in Ebisu [map] Haneda Airport International Terminal [map] Hiroshima Bus Center [map] Matsue International Tourist Information Office [map] ・ Shimane Tourist Information Centers

You can also check it out online here !!


Links to other related articles:


JR Rail Pass on JR Highway bus between Hiroshima & Izumo/Hamada  [link]

Travel around Matsue~Izumo Area with “En-Musubi” Perfect Ticket [link]


Spring Festivals in Shimane 2017

Matsue Castle Spring Festival

Matsue Castle cherry blossoms

Matsue Castle Festival 2017

Where:   Matsue Castle [map]

When:   March 25th – April 14th 2017 (7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.)
*(6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) sakura illumination

About:   The Matsue Castle grounds are known as a popular sakura viewing spot and has been selected as one of the 100 top sakura viewing spots in Japan. In combination with the food stalls that fill the lower entrance, visitors and locals alike are welcomed to come to Matsue Castle and partake in “hanami” (sakura viewing picnic). 
Matsue CastleCherry BlossomsCastle Grounds



Matsue Musha Gyoretsu Warrior Parade


“Musha Gyoretsu” Warrior Parade 2017

Where:   Central Matsue, Matsue Castle [map]

When:    April 1st 2017(sat) (12:30 a.m.~)

About:    A parade to celebrate the founder of Matsue, Lord Horie Yoshiharu, which includes hundreds of citizens dressed up as samurai warriors and princesses as they walk through central Matsue to the castle. [read more]


Cherry Blossom Festival in Unnan City

Sakura Festival in Unnan City 2017

Where:   JR Kisuki Station [map]

When:   April 1st 2017(sat) (10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) Stage PerformancesCherry blossom festival in Kisuki

April 2nd 2017(sun) (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Stage Performances

Where:    Hii River Bank [map]

When:    April 1st 2017(sat) (8:00 p.m. – 8:20 p.m.) Fireworks

April 2nd 2017(sun) (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) Paddle Board/ Kayak Rentals

About:   During the sakura season the banks of the Hii river are painted pink with the blossoming of sakura from 50 thousand trees. During the day there are stage performances right in front of JR Kisuki station and when it gets dark a fireworks festival lights up the night sky. In the latter half of April the blossoming of “gyoiko”, which is a rare species of sakura that is green instead of pink, marks the end of the sakura season. [read more]

cherry blossoms unnan



Peach Blossom Festival in Ohnan Town


Peach Blossom Festival in Ohnan 2017

Where: Kaizumi Village [map]

When: April 8th – 9th 2017(sat-sun) (9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

About: Locals have put a lot of hours into creating a beautiful forest of peach blossom trees for everyone to enjoy. It started 10 years ago with only 60 trees, and now there are 2,000! Come enjoy flowers in full bloom while browsing food stalls, spring-themed udon, bento boxes (pre-order only) and much more! We’ll be waiting for you!

Peach Blossom Festival in Ohnan Town Come and enjoy the flowers in full bloom while browsing food stalls, spring-themed udon, bento boxes(by preorder) and much more! We'll be waiting for you! Kaizumi is a village with a lot of heart! Residents are all over 65, and they have put a lot of hours into creating a beautiful forest of 2,000 peach blossom trees for everyone to enjoy. The Peach Blossom Festival is on April 8(sat)/9(sun), and the area is open to any and all visitors before and after the event. Recommended viewing period is between April 2- 16. * For people coming by car, you can park at either 'Hasumi Branch Municipal Office' or 'Hasumi Resort Center'. There will also be shuttle busses between the parking locations and event grounds starting at 9 a.m. #ohnan #peachblossom #visitjapan #shimane #discover_shimane #flowerseason #kaizumi #hanami #花見 #邑南町 #島根 #nature #flowers #festival #お祭り #beautifulcolors #countryside #naturelovers #ilovejapan #日本 #myunseenjapan #日本旅行

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Tulip Festival in Hakuta-cho

Tulips in Hakuta

Tulip Festival in Hakuta-cho 2017

Where:   Yasugi City Hakuta Government Office [map]

When:    April 9th 2017(sun) (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

About:   About 600,000 colorful tulips bloom in mid-April. There are stage performances throughout the day along with food/ drink stalls, tulips for sale, and much more.


Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Spring Festival

Washibara, Yabusame

Washibara Hachimangu Shrine Festival 2017

Where: Washibara-Hachimangu Shrine [map]

When: April 9th 2017(sun) (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

About: On the second Sunday of April each year, a traditional ceremony involving horseback archery is conducted on the shrine’s grounds. A 270meter-long horseback archery course is specifically built for this event. [read more]


Daikonshima Peony Festival

Peonies yuushien

Daikonshima Peony Festival 2017

Where:  Yuushien Garden [map]

When:  April 8th – April 28th 2017 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

April 29th – May 7th 2017 (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

About:   Yuushien Garden is particularly known for having peonies that bloom all year long, but during the last week of this event, (4/29 – 5/7), they will float 30,000 peonies on the waters of their lake. The last day of the event, May 7th, will be marked with Yuushien decorated with all yellow peonies. [read more]


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