Okuizumo Autumn Tour 2018

Easy access to enjoy autumn in Okuizumo in addition to the open-air sightseeing train! 

Enjoy autumn in Okuizumo Town and take a glimpse of the history and culture of good old Japan with the new 4 hour bus/taxi tour! Autumn is the best season to enjoy the open-air sightseeing train called “Okuizumo Orochi-go” on JR Kisuki Line. The bus/taxi service allows you easy access, after arriving by the open-air train, to the popular autumn tourist destinations within Okuizumo such places as the Okuizumo Tatara and Japanese Sword Museum, Orochi Loop Bridge, Maitake Mushroom farm, Oni-no-Shitaburui Gorge, and much more. Okuizumo was an area prominent with Tatara craftsmen who altered the landscape shaping the once mountainous land and it gave birth to the popular Nita-mai brand rice.

okuizumo-autumn-tour

 

Scheduling & Booking

[September  16, 17, 23, 24, 29 ,30]
[October  5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28, 29]
[November  2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25]

Time:  12:15 PM ~ 4:08 PM  *finishing time depends on course
Capacity:  20 persons
Minimum:  3 persons

For Reservations or Inquiries
Contact:   Okuizumo Tourism Association
https://okuizumo.org/en/inquiry/

*Reservations must be made 7 days prior before 5:00 PM (JST)
*Participants have to be 3 years old or older
*In the case of bad weather or insufficient amount of people, visitors will be notified 7 days prior of cancellation and will not be charged with a cancellation fee

 

Tour details

Timetable

12:15   Miinohara Station (Start)
12:20   Orochi Loop Roadside Station
12:45   Maitake Mushroom Farm
13:20   Cultural Landscape: Terraced Rice Fields
13:30   Okuizumo Tatara and Japanese Sword Museum
14:20   Izumo-Yokota Station
(End of course for Orochi-go Train riders *14:32 departure)
14:50   Oni-no-Shitaburui Gorge & Suspension Bridge
15:50   Izumo-Minari Station
(Local Market Place)
16:08   Izumo-Minari Station
(Connecting to the local train on JR Kisuki Line *16:08 departure)

okuizumo-orochigo-train

Okuizumo Orochi-go Train (Train ticket is not included in this tour)

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Maitake Mushrooms

okuizumo-tatara-and-japanese-sword-museum

Okuizumo Tatara and Japanese Sword Museum

onino-shitaburui-gorge

Oni-no-Shitaburui Gorge

Fees
●Miinohara Station ~ Izumo-Yokota Station Course
(Adult: 1,000 yen / Elementary School Student: 500 yen)
●Miinohara Station ~ Izumo-Minari Station Course
(Adult: 1,500 yen / Elementary School Student: 800 yen)
*prices include admission to Okuizumo Tatara and Japanese Sword Museum and transportation costs (bus/taxi)
*prices to be paid on the day

 

Cancellation Policy
*no cancellation fee for cancellations due to the weather
*no cancellation fee for cancellations made more than 3 days prior
*cancellation fee of 30% will be applied for cancellations made 2 days prior
*cancellation fee of 40% will be applied for cancellations made 1 day prior
*cancellation fee of 50% will be applied for cancellations made on the day of

 

For reservations or inquiries contact:
Okuizumo Tourism Association
https://okuizumo.org/en/inquiry/

 

Discover more of Okuizumo Town
https://okuizumo.org/en/

 

 

< EVENT > UMI KAGURA 15th & 16th 2018

Come and watch this special performance of Iwami Kagura, UMI KAGURA, on a quiet beautiful beach of Iwami!

Umi Kagura  is a performance of Shimane’s traditional performing art, Iwami Kagura. It is performed on a specially built stage on the beach with the setting sun in the background. Watch the heroic stories unravel at this marvelous location!

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Photo Credit : Mika Yamashita

Umi Kagura Character

Photo Credit: Mika Yamashita

What is Iwami Kagura?

Iwami Kagura is a traditional performing art that has been passed down in the Iwami region of western Shimane.

Originally it was dedicated to the patron god during the autumn festival every year to show gratitude for the year’s harvest, but slowly evolved into the hero of the Iwami people and the extravagant local performance they have now.

Luxurious costumes made from threads of gold and silver worn along with expressive masks attract people of all ages to the dynamic performances of Iwami Kagura.

Iwami Kagura is not only performed within Japan, but there are also many performances overseas as well.

The Iwami Kagura performance of “Orochi” breathes fire and smoke with a classic ending of good prevailing over evil. An easy to understand plot inviting people into the world of Japanese mythology.

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Schedule  &  Ticketing

Umi Kagura 2018

9/15 (Sat) 4 pm – 8 pm  1000 yen  *Iwami Kagura Performance only

9/16 (Sun) 4 pm – 8 pm  5000 yen  *Special Performances with Exile ÜSA & Balinese Dance

Tickets go on sale from 7/12. Seats are limited so get them while they are still available.
For more information on reserving your tickets,
E-mail: kanko-inbound@pref.shimane.lg.jp
(*we will be unable to respond to emails from 14-16 Sep as we will be on location. Please contact us via Facebook message! )

 

Location

Fukumitsu Beach (5min walk from JR Iwami Fukumitsu Station)

Fukumitsu Kaigan, Yunotsu-cho, Ohda City, Shimane Prefecture

 

Directions to JR Iwami Fukumitsu Station

Example 1 : From Izumo Airport side

[Rapid Service Train]
MATSUE STATION (13:20 departure)
-> IZUMOSHI STATION (14:01 departure)
-> YUNOTSU STATION (14:50 arrival)
  transfer
-> [Normal Train] YUNOTSU STATION (15:46 departure)
-> IWAMI FUKUMITSU STATION (15:49 arrival)

Example 2 : From Hagi-Iwami Airport side

[Normal Train] MASUDA STATION (13:30 departure)
-> (14:18 arrival) HAMADA STATION
  transfer
[Normal Train] HAMADA STATION (14:37 departure)
-> IWAMI FUKUMITSU STATION (15:21 arrival)

*express trains do not stop at JR Iwami Fukumitsu Station.

umikagura-access

Accommodations

There are ryokans located in the area of Yunotsu Onsen near the event. (closest station is JR Yunotsu Station. Please make reservations through online booking sites if necessary. (e.g. booking.com)

 

▼ Download a brochure from here 

ENGLISH  umikagura brochure    (PDF file)

繁体字  海神樂2018(繁体字)  (PDF file)

簡体字  海神乐2018(簡体字) (PDF file)

 

<Note>

-Pictures/videos will be taken for use at a later time, so please understand that there is a chance that you may appear in the recordings.

-In the event of rain, the performances will be moved indoors. Yunotsu Elementary School (map) Please check our Facebook page or the Ohda City Tourism Association website for information in the case of location changes or cancellations.

-No refunds will be made except for the case in which the event is cancelled. Handling fees will be applied when refunding.

 

 

2018 Summer Festivals in Shimane

Rows of food stalls, music performances and fireworks lighting up the night sky is how Japan celebrates summer. From July through August, summer festivals are held all over the country. And in Shimane, like many other areas in Japan, many people get together to enjoy traditional Japanese-style dancing, singing, fireworks and the delicious festival foods. Some of the smaller festivals are mostly enjoyed by locals, and are recommended for those who really want to experience the traditional Japanese 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 14th (sat)~ September 1st (sat) 2018   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     

Nima goise

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

WHEN :  July 14th (sat)  2018  5:00 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 (fri)  2018  3:00 p.m. ~ 5:10 p.m.
                 July 27th (fri) 2018  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 (thurs) ~ 21st (sat)  2018  *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 (fri)  2018  *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 (tues)  5 p.m. ~ , 25th (wed)   ~     2018

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 (wed) 2018  *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 28th (sat)  2018  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2500 count

 

   ‘Koi Koi Koi’ Festival in Tsuwano    

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

WHEN :  July 28th (sat)  2018  4:00 p.m. ~

ABOUT :   This festival allows guests to traditional drumming and modern performances in the historic town of Tsuwano.

 

    Kirara Taki Summer Festival    

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

WHEN :   July 29th (sun)  2018  4:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks 

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 3rd (fri)  2018  6:00 p.m. ~
                  August 4th (sat) 2018  1:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~)  10000 count 
                  August 5th (sun) 2018  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 expected amount of traffic, please use public transportation. If you plan on coming by car please park in the designated parking areas.

 

     Tenryo-san Festival      

WHEN :  August 4th (sat)  2018  *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.)  5000-10000 count
WHERE :   Kute Port (Oda City) [map]
*
WHEN :   August 5th (sun)  2018
WHERE :  near JR Odashi Station (Oda City) [map]
*

WHEN :  August 26th (sat)  2018
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 Drums 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 4th (sat)   2018  *fireworks (8:30 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2500 count

 

   Masuda Suigo-sai Festival    

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

WHEN :  August 4th (sat)   2018  6:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~) 3000 count

 

   Hamakko Summer Festival    

WHERE :   Hamada Port (Hamada City) [map]

WHEN :   August 4th (sat)  2018  4:00 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 11th (sat)  2018  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)  2018  *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 (sat)  2018   5:00 p.m. ~ 8:30 p.m.
                    *fireworks 8000 count, August 12th (sun)  2017  8:00 p.m. ~ 8:50 p.m.

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    

Tsukinowa

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

WHEN :   August 14th (tues) ~ 17th (fri)   2018
                 *8/14  fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 8:45 p.m.) 5000 count
*Japanese festival float parade every night starting at 7:30 p.m. ~ 2:00 a.m.

 

   Tsuwano Nichihara Ayu Summer Festival    

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

WHEN :       August 15th (wed)  2018  6:00 p.m. ~ *fireworks (8:00 p.m. ~ 9:00 p.m.) 2500 count

 

    Gonokawa River Festival    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks Festival

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

WHEN :     August 16th (thurs) 2018   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 25th (sat) 2018  1:20 p.m. ~
*parade (6:00 p.m. ~); fireworks (7:30 p.m. ~) 2400 count

 

 

Check this amazing video, “Izumo, Japan 4K (Ultra HD) – 出雲” on Youtube!

IZUMO 出雲 – Sunset in the Sacred Land of Izumo

Izumo – the land of the gods and their meeting place every 10th month of the lunar calendar.
Popularly known for Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine where the god of “en” (the ties that bind us together) is enshrined. A local delicacy which also happens to be one of the three major varieties of soba is Izumo soba, which is traditionally eaten in a three-tier lunch box style. Climb to the top of the oldest stone masonry lighthouse in Japan which sits overlooking the Sea of Japan.

Check this amazing video on Izumo (4K ULTRA HD) !!

Learn more about Izumo : http://www.izumo-kankou.gr.jp/english/

 

 

 

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
December
– 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

birdwatching_spots_in_yasugi

 

 

 04   Nearby recommended spots

Adachi Museum of Art (Yasugi City)
adachimuseumofart

Yasugibushi Performance Hall (Yasugi City)
yasugibushi

Yasugi Kiyomizudera Temple (Yasugi City)

Yuushien Garden (Matsue City)
shimane-yuushien

Matsue Castle (National Treasure) (Matsue City)

Lake Shinji (Matsue City)
sunset in LakeShinji

 

More info and photos:
http://www.yasugi-kankou.com/index.php?view=5696 (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.

INAKA_illumination_shimane

 

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!

INAKA_illumination_shimane

 

INAKA_illumination_shimane

 

 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.

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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.

INAKA_illumi_train

 

 02   A-CLASS GOURMET FOOD

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.

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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

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

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■PARKING
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!

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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    

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    

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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