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!

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Following sites are newly listed;

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【★★ : 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! .

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【Michelin in English】https://travelguide.michelin.com/asia/japan/sanin
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【Michelin in French】 https://voyages.michelin.fr/asie/japon/sanin
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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…

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■ LEARN & DISCOVER MORE about IWAMI KAGURA

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■ 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    

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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    

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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    

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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    

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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    

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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]
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WHEN :   August 6th (sun)  2017
WHERE :  near JR Odashi Station (Oda City) [map]
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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     

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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    

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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)

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   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 !

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PASSPORT

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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.

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● 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

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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)!!

HIROSHIMA to IZUMO
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

 

IZUMO to HIROSHIMA
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)!!

HIRSOHIMA to HAMADA    
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

 

HAMADA to HIROSHIMA    
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.)

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“En-Musubi” Perfect Ticket

We will start a special promotion on our Perfect Ticket at a new discounted price for foreign tourists.

 

Welcome to Shimane! If you plan on staying in the Matsue and Izumo area for a couple days there is a “perfect ticket” for you. A special promotion on the Perfect Ticket at a new discounted price for foreign tourists will start on May 1st, 2017. The Perfect Ticket gives you free rides on Ichibata trains and buses, also including Matsue city busses for 3 days. This ticket also includes discount privileges at over 30+ tourist spots.

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“En-Musubi” Perfect Ticket – discounted price for foreigners

STARTING FROM MAY 1, 2017

enmusubi-logo3,000 yen for Adults  →  1,000yen

1,500 yen for Children 15 >  →  1,000yen

*must present passport at time of purchase

 

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Where can I get this ticket?

Ichibata Travel Service (Inside JR Matsue Station) [map] Ichibata Train Station (Matsue Shinjiko Onsen [map], Izumo Taisha-mae [map], Dentetsu Izumo-shi [map]) Izumo Tourist Information Center (Inside JR Izumoshi Station) [map] Izumo En-Musubi Airport Information Counter [map] Yonago Kitaro Airport Information Counter [map] Sakaiminato Tourist Information Center [map]

sakuraYou will receive a infomation brochure of the ticket written in English / Korean / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese at the ticket office.

 

Where can I use it?

On any Ichibata busses and trains within Matsue and Izumo. You can also use it on Matsue City busses and the Matsue Lakeline bus. You can also use it on busses bound to/ from Yonago and Izumo airports.

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sakuraAirport busses include  :
●Izumo En-musubi Airport <–> JR Matsue Station / Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station
●Izumo En-musubi Airport  <–>  JR Izumoshi Station / Dentetsu Izumoshi Station
●Tamatsukuri Onsen  <–>  Izumo En-musubi Airport  <–>  Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine
●Yonago Kitaro Airport  <–>  JR Matsue Station

 

Ichibata Electric Railway English website :ichibata

 

Where can I get my special discounts at?

(1) Matsue Castle (National Treasure)  (2) Matsue History Museum  (3) Matsue Horan-enya Memorial Hall  (4) Former Samurai Residence (*under renovations till April 2018)  (5) Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum  (6) Lafcadio Hearn’s Former Residence  (7) The Tanabe Museum of Art  (8) Horikawa Sightseeing Boat  (9) Meimei-an Tea House  (10) Gesshoji Temple  (11) Fumon-in  (12) Lake Shinji Pleasure Cruise  (13) Shimane Art Museum (14) Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Hotel Ichibata  (15) Shimane Bussan-kan (Shimane Local Products Center)  (16) Ichibata Dining (17) Matsue Horikawa Local Beer Hall  (18) Matsue Shinjiko Shijimi Clam Center  (19) Yaegaki Shrine (20) Izumo Kanbe no Sato  (21) Yuushien Garden  (22) Meteor Plaza (23*) Adachi Museum of Art  (24) Matsue Vogel Park ・ (25) Kappo Onsen Yurari  (26) Shimane Winery  (27) Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo  (28) Kanko Center Izumo (29) Tezen Museum (30*) Izumo You-Plaza  (31) Izumo Folk Crafts Museum (32) Restaurant Camelia (Izumo)  (33) Izumo Tamatsukuri Museum

Note :  Outside of this ticket’s coverage. Need to take other transportation.  

 

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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 (www.kankou-shimane.com/en/)! 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

Tourism Shimane Pref. JAPANさん(@discover.shimane)がシェアした投稿 –

 

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!

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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:

HIROSHIMA – MATSUE 500YEN BUS [link]

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

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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). 
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Matsue Musha Gyoretsu Warrior Parade

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“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

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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]

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Peach Blossom Festival in Ohnan Town

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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

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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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Check Out the San’in Japan 4K (Ultra HD) 山陰

The most scenic and photogenic spots of the San`in region shot in 4K!!

 

The San’in region of Japan consists of both Shimane and Tottori Prefectures. This video contains no dialog, but all the place names are displayed in the subtitles.

Please visit the San’in Japan YouTube channel, LIKE the video, subscribe and don’t forget to share!

Check Out Our Shimane Prefecture Promo Video

With the main focus of “tatara” (art of Japanese sword making) we are proud to show our Shimane prefecture promo video!

With the main focus of “tatara” (art of Japanese sword making) we are proud to show our Shimane prefecture promo video. This video starts from Izumo Airport and journeys through the east region of Shimane through Okuizumo’s Museum of Tatara Iron-Making, Hiromitsu blacksmith workshop, Itohara Memorial, Sugaya Ironworks Factory & Residence (Sugaya Tatara Sannai), Yuushien Garden, Matsue Castle, Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum and Adachi Museum of Art.

So don’t forget to LIKE our video and share it on your social media!

 

Check other Shimane promo video here!

The article written by the reporter Joan Bailey can be found here.

 

Amazing scenery on the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark You Tube channel

Amazing scenery on the Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark You Tube channel

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Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark Promotion Committee created wonderful captures of Oki Islands on their Youtube channel!

Let’s check the amazing views together!

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Matengai Cliff in Nishinoshima

 

Akiya Coast in Ama

 

Candle Island in Okinoshima

 

Sekiheki Cliff in Chibu

The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark encompasses the Oki Islands: four inhabited and 180 small uninhabited isolated islets located in the Sea of Japan north-west of Shimane Peninsula. 
The islands were created by vigorous volcanic activity from around seven to five million years ago. This dramatic geological history of this land islands has cultivated unique scenery, nature and culture. 
The geopark is working hard to protect and raise awareness of this heritage for the sustainable development of the region. Why not make the journey to the Oki Islands and discover the rich nature and culture of the geopark yourself?
             ----- Source: Oki Islands Global Geopark Youtube channel.

 

 

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Go and explore more videos on Oki Islands Global Geopark Youtube channel !
Oki Island Global Geopark official website  http://www.oki-geopark.jp/en/

For more information on Oki Islands.
http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/?cat=124