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

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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

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)!!

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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