There are many ways to travel through Shimane. We’ve talked about ways you can go by train, bus, rental car, and even airplane. But one we haven’t really introduced yet is by bicycle. You can bring your own or even rent one and pedal through the prefecture at your own pace. Ride along the lakeside, pass by farms, go down to the beach, up a famous bridge, and take in all the blessings of nature that Shimane has to offer. Find hidden spots not easily accessible by train or by car. Check out our cycling video a the bottom.
And to assist you on your cycling journey through Shimane are the 200+ Goen Cycle Stations that offer services to cyclists. Identifying a Goen Cycle Station and its services are made easy by just looking for this sticker.
Here are some articles written by the cyclists on their journey through the Iwami Region of Shimane. Check them out!
We rented some bicycles and a guide and went on two cycling routes taking us across the Shimane peninsula and into Yonago, Tohori prefecture. The courses we used were the “En Musubi Kaido” cycling course (縁結び街道サイクリングコース) and the “Nakaumi Shuuyuu” cycling course (中海周遊サイクリングコース). We were also able to ride the Ichibata electric trains with our bikes back from Izumo (purchase of a separate bike ticket is necessary).
Click on >>>CYLING ROUTES<<< to find out more about the cycling routes in Shimane. (JPN only site)
Bicycle Renting Info >>>JPN WEBSITE<<<
There are many routes that go to and from Shimane through the neighboring prefectures. Explore some of the other routes that go through Shimane. Check out the Cycling Map below ↓↓↓
The Oki Islands are made up of 4 main islands and several more uninhabited ones. Oki’s unique natural environment has led to its being designated as a Global Geopark by UNESCO. Erosion has created several magnificent coastline views, including the Kuniga Coastline on Nishinoshima, which features a stone arch and a sheer cliff face that stands at 257m tall. Candle Island off the coast of Dogo Island stands in such a way that if you catch the sunset at the right angle, it looks like a candle’s flame sits atop it.
Oki Islands Tourism Association
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Visit the Oki Islands
Joint Facebook page of all Tourism Associations of the Oki Islands.
Please follow them for the newest information about events and festivals!
Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark
Official Facebook page of The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark.
The Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark is a place where you can discover
the deep connections between the earth, nature, and culture.
Designated a Global Geopark in September 2013.
If you are interested in Japanese history or castles, you may already know that there are many castles around the country, however, among them, only 12 are remaining original castles and only 5 are designated as National Treasure. And Matsue Castle is one of them.The castle was built in 1611 by the founder of the Matsue domain Yoshiharu Horio, who was previously a lord of Toda Castle. Toda Castle was surrounded by mountains and known as one of the toughest castles in the time of war, he entered the castle thanking his achievements in the battle of Sekigahara (1600).
However, he thought the castle was not good enough to build his castle town to prosper, then decided to build one in the current place; Matsue.
After five years of construction, Matsue Castle was completed as a fortress with black thick walls on strong stone walls. Built mainly for the real battle, the castle looks rather strong than gorgeous. However, it was at the end of times of war when it was constructed so it survived without being burned down.
However, the flow of change came along with the crisis; the Ordinance for Disposal of Castles, which was promulgated in 1873 and most of the castles over the country was torn down. Matsue Castle was no exception and all the constructions except the castle tower were broken down. When the castle tower itself was about to go through the same destiny, people in the city tried so hard to save it and they succeeded at last. And thanks to their hard work, we can still see the castle as it was 400 years ago.
From the top floor of the castle tower, you can experience the same unblocked view of the city as it was 400 years ago.
1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue City
Open 7 days a week
Castle Tower entry[Apr. – Sep.] 8:30am – 6:30pm (Last admission at 6pm)
[Oct. – Mar.] 8:30am – 5pm (Last admission at 4:30pm)
Elementary/Junior High School Students: ¥140Access
10min via Matsue Lakeline Bus from JR Matsue Sta.to ‘Matsue Castle’ bus stop.
30min (2km) from JR Matsue Sta.
Otemae Car Parking.
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🍓With the start of the new year comes the season of strawberry picking. Why not try strawberry picking which is only offered for a limited time?
🍓Also, check out our video from last year’s strawberry picking season.
Places are sorted by the start of their season. Reservations are required.
🍓Watanabe Kankou Farm (渡辺観光農園)[map]Location: Yasugi City
Season: January ~
Hours: 9:00 ~ 16:00
Pricing: Junior High School ≤ 2,000 JPY
Elementary School ≥ 3 yrs. 1,000 JPY
*reservations required. Call 0854-23-7667 Yasugi Tourism Associaton🍓Kinta Farm Berryne (きんた農園ベリーネ）[map]Location: Hamada City
Season: January ~
Hours: 10:00 ~ 16:00
Closed on Tuesday
Pricing:[Weekdays] Adult 1,700 JPY
Elementary School 1,300 JPY
[Weekends / Holidays] Adult 1,900 JPY
Elementary School 1,500 JPY
*[Ladies Day (Wed.)] 1300 JPY
*reservations required. Call 0855-42-2515
According to the Cherry Blossom Forecast by Weather Map (3/2/2020), the 2020 cherry blossom season starts 3/20 and flowers in full bloom on 3/27. The page is only in Japanese, but you can look at the graphs showing the peak blossom season. [link] *(updated 3/2/2020)
Why not visit the National Treasure Matsue Castle while in Matsue?
Matsue Castle and Matsue Castle Grounds[map]Matsue city, Shimane
Stroll through the onsen town, along the stream, and under the blooming cherry blossom trees.
Tamayu River Bank in the Tamatsukuri Onsen area [map]*Cherry blossom trees are illuminated at night (18:30~22:00) until the middle of AprilMatsue city, Shimane
Did you say 200 year-old weeping cherry blossom tree??
Senju-in Temple [map]
Senju-in Temple is hidden spot which is famous for 200 year-old weeping cherry tree. Located in the auspicious North-east direction of Matsue Castle, it is said to protect the castle and its occupants from evil spirits. This temple is located uphill near the Matsue Castle so visitors can have a great view of the castle.
Matsue city, Shimane
Hii River Bank (the best 100 cherry spots in Japan)
Through a tunnel of cherry blossom trees?
Rows of cherry trees along the Hii River Bank [map]Check out the article on the Kisuki Cherry Blossoms Tunnel.
Also, check out our youtube video from last year.
Unnan city, Shimane
“Gyoiko”is one of the more rare species of cherry with yellow-green flowers. Its blooming season comes after ordinary cherry blossoms from the latter half of April.
Venue : Mitoya River Bank [map]Unnan city, Shimane
Yasugi Kiyomizudera Temple
Tucked away in the mountains with a climbable pagoda that will give you the best views of the area.
A precious breed of sakura that was designated as a Natural Monument in 1936. The tree is guessed to be around 660 years old with a trunk circumference of 5m and branches that span east to west at 24m and north to south at 29.6m. When in full bloom it is said to be overflowing with brilliance.
Hamada city, Shimane
Washibara-Hachimangu Shrine (Tsuwano)
Check out the horse-back archery festival while you are there!
Popular spot on the islands with around 250 cherry blossom trees!
Oki Shrine[map]Check out our youtube video of our time at the Oki Islands.
Ama town (Oki Islands), Shimane
While planning your trip to Shimane don’t forget about our many discounts offered to foreigners and especially our En-Musubi Perfect Ticket!
Matsue Water Lantern Festival (Matsue Suitoro) is a light-up event taking place in Matsue, where is known as a water city. During the event, about 2,000 lanterns are set up at Matsue Castle and the surrounding area. Main Events are held on weekends and public holidays during 9/21-10/31 from 6PM to 9PM (*except for 10/22).
*Please come back again for more updates
Matsue Castle [map] and the surrounding area
6PM – 9PM
★Opening Lighting Ceremony (by Matsue Samurai Supporters)
9/21 5:55 PM～
At Otemae Hiroba Boat Pier [map]
MAIN EVENT DATES:
September 21 / 22* / 23* / 28 / 29 *canceled due to typhoon (updated 9/20)
October 5 / 6 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 19 / 20 / 26 / 27
[OFFICIAL WEBSITE] https://www.suitouro.jp/ (Japanese site)
Horikawa Night Sightseeing Boat Tour
At the Horikawa Night Sightseeing Boat Tour which goes the castle moat (The night operation is only during the period of this event), visitors can enjoy the fantastic and mysterious atmosphere made by lights in the darkness and the reflections in the water. Various events, such as music and art events also take place mainly in the castle ground and Shiomi-nawate Street.
Date: Main event dates only (*Please see above)
Time: 6PM ~ 9PM
Fare: <One-way> Adult : 800 yen / Child : 400 yen / Charter : 7,200 yen (1 boat / need prior booking)
Boarding Points: Otemae Hiroba [map] ⇔ Fureai Hiroba [map] ※20 min one-way
Special Night Green Tea Service at the top floor of Matsue Castle
Enjoy a bowl of green tea and a Japanese confectionery made in Matsue at the top floor of National Treasure Matsue Castle, while looking over the beautiful night scenery of the castle town.
Date: Main event dates only (*Please see above)
Time: 6PM ~ 8PM
Price: 700 yen (green tea & Japanese confectionery) (50 sets per night)
*Admission fee for the castle to be paid separately
Location: At the top floor of the castle
Matsue Castle Night Entrance
Date: Main event dates only (*Please see above)
Time: 6PM ~ 9PM (Last admission at 8:30PM)
Price: (~9/30) Adult: 330 yen / Child: 140 yen (10/1~) Adult: 340 yen / Child: 140 yen
Location: Matsue Castle [map]
Suitoro at Kencho Garden
In collaboration with Matsue Water Lantern Festival, Shimane Prefectural Government Office holds a small water lantern festival, called “Yuitoro” at the front garden for 3 nights during the Festival. There will be rows of handmade water lanterns, cafe, live music as well as the lighting-up of the government office building which has been designated as Registered Tangible Cultural Property along with the surrounding prefectural buildings in August 2019.
Date: 10/18, 10/19 & 10/20
Time: 6PM ~ 9PM (*close at 8:30PM on 10/20)
Location: Front garden of Shimane Prefectural Government Office [map]
Free Shuttle Bus: Main event dates only (*Please see above)
(JR Matsue Sta. South Ext.[map]～ Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Sta.[map] ～ Otemae[map])
From JR Matsue Station:By bus: 10 min by public bus bound for Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Sta.
By foot: 30 min walk (2km)
From HIROSHIMA:By highway bus: There is a special promotion for international travelers!
Please check here! HIROSHIMA – MATSUE 500YEN BUS (4/1/2019 ～ 3/31/2020)
The gorgeous costumes, the rhythmical sounds of Japanese instruments, and the dynamic movements all come together at a marvelous location for the special event called “Umi Kagura”.
What is “Umi Kagura”?
In the Iwami region of Shimane, as the sky begins to darken stories of the “kami” gods battling the forces of evil are told through the performances known as Iwami Kagura. During the weekends performances are held at the local shrines and performed by the local troupes.
This year, Iwami Kagura has been designated a Japan Heritage!!
In the Iwami region of Shimane, as the sky begins to darken, locals gather at their local shrines to watch the stories of the “kami” deities battling the forces of evil through the performances known as Iwami Kagura. But once every year, the stage is set at a different location. A more natural setting, somewhere where the setting sun sets the backdrop, the ocean air fills the atmosphere, and the gentle sound of the waves crashing against the coastline can be heard within the beats of the music.
Last year’s “Umi Kagura” event.
*Last year was a special event so the event stage will differ from this year.
This year’s “Umi Kagura” event takes place on September 15th (sunday) and is set at the beach on the coastline of the Sea of Japan with the setting sun in the background. It’s a small event where locals gather to watch the stories of Iwami Kagura and support their local troupe.
Date: September 15, 2019 (Sun)
Time: 16:00 ~ 21:00
Price: 2,000 JPY w/ 1 free drink incl. *tickets can be bought from 15:30 on the day Location: Fukumitsu Beach, Ohda City
Where is it?
Fukumitsu Beach(5min walk from JR IwamiFukumitsu 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)
-> [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.
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.
Grab your yukata, jinbei, or whatever summer attire you might have and join in on one of the summer festivals in Shimane!
East Area Central Area West Area Island Area
Summer Festival in Tamatsukuri Onsen
WHERE: Tamatsukuri Onsen Area (Tamayu-cho, Matsue City) [map] WHEN: July 20th(sat)~ August 31st(sat) 2019everyday 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 the Japanese summer night festival!
Kanekobara Mushi Okuri Festival
WHERE : Kanekobara Yakami (Ohnan Town)
Mihoryo Shrine (13:30) ->
Koboku no mori (15:00) ->
Suwa Shrine (17:30)WHEN : July 20th(sat) 2019 13:00 ~ 18:00ABOUT : A 200-year-old traditional dance to send bugs away from the rice fields! [link]
Tsuwano Gion Festival, Sagimai Ritual
WHERE : Yasaka Shrine and other spots around central Tsuwano
(Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]WHEN :July 20th (sat) 2019 3:00 p.m. ~ 5:10 p.m.
July 27th (sat) 2019 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.
Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine Summer Festival
WHERE : Matsue Castle ~ Shirakata Tenmangu Shrine area (Matsue City) [map]WHEN : July 24th (wed) 17:00 ~, 25th(thurs) 2019ABOUT : 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
WHERE : Mitoya Shopping Street (Mitoya-cho, Unnan City) [map] WHEN : July 25th(thurs) 2019
Hikawa DanDan Yosakoi-sai Festival
WHERE : [STAGE] Youme Town Hikawa (Hikawa-cho, Izumo City) [map]
[PARADE] Shobara Green Town
[CONTEST STAGE] Izumo Irisuno-Oka [map]WHEN : July 27th(sat) 2019 12:00 ~ 21:30INFORMATION:[link]
Hirata Festival / Hirata Tanabata Decorated Boat Parade
WHERE : Hirata-cho Main Street (Hirata-cho, Izumo City)WHEN : July 27th(sat) 2019
Hirata Festival Stage Event13:00 ~ 18:00Hirata Tanabata Decorated Boat Parade19:00 ~ 20:30INFORMATION:[link]
Okinoshima Town Summer Festival
WHERE : Saigo Port (Okinoshima Town) [map]WHEN : August 3rd(sat) 2019 17:00 ~ 21:00ABOUT : Walk down rows of food stalls while watching special performances of Oki folk songs on stage.
WHERE : Yakami Elementary School (Ohnan Town) [map]WHEN : August 14th(wed) 2019 18:30 ~ 22:00ABOUT : Parade floats built by the 5 village councils that make up the Yakami district is a sight to see. The “Yamanba Odori” dance is something everyone can enjoy participating in. The shops and bazaars are also popular every year.
Takase River Lantern Floating Festival
WHERE : Takase River (Izumo City) [map]WHEN : August 15th(thurs) 2019 20:00 ~
Tsuwano Lantern Floating Festival
WHERE : River bed near Tsuwano Ohashi Bridge (Tsuwano Town) [map]WHEN : August 15th(thurs) 2019 19:00 ~ ABOUT : An old end of summer tradition of the “Little Kyoto” Tsuwano town. The multicolored lanterns, that carry the spirits of the ancestors, slowly float down the clear stream creating a spirited away world.
Tsuwano Bon Dance Festival
WHERE : Tsuwano Tonomachi Street (Tsuwano Town) [map]WHEN : August 15th(thurs) 2019 20:30 ~ 22:00 *times may change without noticeABOUT : Designated as an Intagible Cultural Assest by the prefecture. This Tsuwano dance is one type of Buddhist invocation dance. In 2017, the festival has reached its 400th anniversary.
Lantern Floating Festival
WHERE : near Matsue Ohashi Bridge (Matsue City) [map]WHEN : August 16th(fri) 2019 19:00 ish ~ 21:00ABOUT : The current layout of lantern floating fesival in the “city of water” dubbed Matsue hasn’t changed much since 1955. The lanterns float under many bridges as they make their way down the Ohashi River and the scenery it creates resembles a home town atmosphere you would expect in a fairytale.
Takeuchi Shrine Festival
WHERE : Takeuchi Shrine (Higashiizumo-cho, Matsue City) [map]WHEN : August 31st(sat) 2019
ABOUT : Festival celebrated at the end of the summer. A little more than 300 stalls lighting up the night for the 100,000 visitors. From 4 o’clock in the morning on the following day, a mysterious Shinto ritual also begins to take place.
Japan celebrates spring with “hanami” and they celebrate summer with “hanabi*”. From July through August, summer fireworks festivals are held all over the country. And in Shimane, like many other areas in Japan, many people get together to enjoy the festivities, the fireworks, the delicious festival foods, and to enjoy the time with the camaraderie of friends. Many of the fireworks festivals are parts of larger summer festivals, so please check them out as well. The festivals are really good for those that want to experience the traditional Japanese countryside.
Grab your yukata, jinbei, or whatever summer attire you might have and join in on one of the summer festivals in Shimane!
*hanabi = 花火、はなび = flower fire (lit. transl.) = fireworks. East Area Central Area West Area Island Area
WHERE :Around the Nima Sand Museum (Nima-cho, Ohda City) [map] WHEN : July 13th(sat) 2019 17:00 ~
*fireworks 20:30 ~ (2000 count)
Kisuki Summer Festival
WHERE : Hii-River riverbed (Kisuki-cho, Unnan City) [map]WHEN : July 20th(sat) 2019 *fireworks 20:00 ~ (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.
Eena Matsuri Kawamoto Gonokawa River Fireworks Display
WHERE :Kawamoto Main Street (Kawamoto Town, Ochi-Gun) [map] WHEN : July 27th(sat) 2019 *fireworks 20:00 ~ 21:00 (2000 count)
Tonbara-Furusato Summer Festival
WHERE : Former Tonbara Brand of Iinan Town Hall (Iinan Town) [map]WHEN : July 27th(sat) 2019 *fireworks 20:30 ~ 21:00 (1000 count)
‘Koi Koi Koi’ Festival in Tsuwano
WHERE : Roadside Station Nagomi-no-Sato (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]
WHEN : July 27th(sat) 2019 18:00~
*fireworks 20:00 ~ 20:40 (3000 count)ABOUT : This festival allows guests to traditional drumming and modern performances in the historic town of Tsuwano.
Yurahime Shrine Festival
WHERE : Yurahime Shrine (NishinoshimaTown, Oki-Gun) [map]
WHEN : July 27th (sat), 28th (sun) 2019 *fireworks on 28th at Urago Port [map]
Matsue Suigo-sai Festival
WHERE :Lake Shinji, near the Matsue City Office (Matsue City) [map] WHEN : August 3rd (sat) 2019 *fireworks 20:00 ~ 21:00 (10000 count)
August 4th(sun) 2019 *fireworks 20:00 ~ 20:20 (3000 count)ABOUT : One of the biggest festivals in San-in, Matsue Suigo-sai Festival fireworks take place on two days 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.
*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.
WHEN : August 3rd(sat) 2019 17:00~WHERE :near JR Odashi Station (Ohda City) [map]*
WHEN : August 4th(sun) 2019 9:40~ *fireworks 20:00 ~ 21:00 (6000 count)WHERE : Kute Port (Ohda City) [map]*WHEN : August 25th(sun) 2019 10:00~
WHERE : Omori-cho (Ohda City) [map]ABOUT : Tenryo-san festival takes place in 3 days at 3 different venues. On August 4th, more than 6,000 beautiful fireworks are set off at Kute Port. On August 3rd, you can enjoy many local folk performances such as Tenryo Dancing, Tenryo Drums, Iwami Kagura, etc. around JR Oda-shi Station. Lastly, on the 25th, people parade in traditional costumes along with the historic town of Omori, in the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine World Heritage Site!
Masuda Suigo-sai Festival
WHERE : Takatsu River Bank (Masuda City) [map]
WHEN : August 3rd(sat) 2019 16:00 ~
*fireworks 20:00 ~ (4800 count)
Hamakko Summer Festival
WHERE : Hamada Port (Hamada City) [map]
WHEN : August 3rd(sat) 2019 16:00 ~
*fireworks 20:30 ~ 21:15 (5000 count)
Yunotsu Onsen Summer Festival
WHERE : Yunotsu Port (Ohda City) [map]WHEN : August 10th(sat) 2019 17:00 ~
*fireworks 19:50 ~ 20:20 (1000 count)ABOUT : Fireworks are displayed over the 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
WHERE : Daito Shopping Street (Daito-cho, Unnan City) [map]WHEN : August 6th(tues) 2019 *fireworks 20:30 ~ (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
WHERE : Kunibiki-chuou Street (Imaichicho, Izumo City),
Kandachi River Bank Park (Otsu, Izumo City) [map]
WHEN : August 10th(sat) 2019 17:00 ~ 20:15*fireworks August 11th (sun) 2019 19:45 ~20:50ABOUT : This festival take places over 2 days. Izumo Bon Odori folk dancing on 10th and breathtaking 8,000 fireworks display at the Hii River bank on 11th . The Hii River is the setting of one of the Japanese myths, ‘Yamata-no-orochi’. There will also be many night stalls set up too.
Chiburijima Fireworks Festival
WHERE : Chibu Village [map]
WHEN : August 14th (wed) 2019 18:00 ~
Yoshika Town Furusato Summer Festival
WHERE : Kakinokimura Aioi Bridge area (Yoshika Town) [map]
WHEN : August 14th (wed) 2019 *fireworks 20:00 ~ (3,000 count)
Yasugi Tsuki-no-wa Festival
WHERE : Main street in Yasugi [map] & Yasugi Port (Yasugi City) [map]WHEN : August 14th(wed) ~ 17th(sat) 2019
*fireworks 8/14 20:00 ~ 20:45 (5000 count)
Tsuwano Nichihara Ayu Summer Festival
WHERE : Takatsugawa River Fisheries Cooperative Nichihara Office (Tsuwano Town, Kanoashi-Gun) [map]
WHEN : August 15th (thurs) 2019 18:00 ~
*fireworks 20:00 ~ 21:00 (2500 count)
Gonokawa River Festival
WHERE : Around JR Gotsu Station, Gonokawa River (Gotsu City) [map]
WHEN : August 16th(fri) 2019 10:00 ~
*fireworks 20:10 ~ (6000 count + 4000 lanterns on the river)
Kin Nya Monya Festival
WHERE : Hishiura Port (Ama Town, Oki-Gun) [map]
WHEN : August 24th (sat) 2019 food stalls open from 11:00 ~
*parade starts at 18:00 ~; fireworks from 19:30 ~
Minari Atago Festival
WHERE : Minari (Okuizumo Town) [map]WHEN : August 24th(sat), 25th (sun) 2019 *fireworks 8/24 20:30 ~ (1000 count)
Around 370 years ago, during a time of feudal Japan, the Izumo province was struck with bad weather which lead to a bad harvest that threatened the region with famine. The lord of the domain at the time, Matsudaira Naomasa, then decided to take the deity by boat from Jozan-Inari Shrine, behind Matsue Castle, to Adakaya Shrine on the outskirts of the city in order to pray for a good harvest. That year was Shōhō 4 or 1647 according to the Gregorian calendar and since then they have continued the tradition every 10 or 12 years.
Currently, the festival is known as one of three big boat festivals in Japan, where the procession of boats involved total to about 100 boats, but it always didn’t involve that many boats. It actually wasn’t until 1808 when stormy conditions threatened the festival that local fishermen from the Makata village became involved in escorting the boats safely to the shrine. Since then it became a tradition to have these “kaidenma” boats help with the escorting, and four other villages (Yada, Ooi, Fukutomi, Oomisaki) also joined in the ceremony as well.
The ceremony encompasses a total of nine days and is split up into three main parts; “Togyosai” Transfer Festival, “Chuunichisai” Middle Day Festival, “Kangyosai” Return Festival.
“Togyosai” Transfer Festival
May 18, 2019 (Sat)
“Chunichisai” Middle Day Festival
May 22, 2019 (Wed.)
“Kangyosai” Return Festival
May 26, 2019 (Sun.)
For more information check out the official Horan-Enya 2019 homepage.
And, check out the Horan-Enya Memorial Hall museum if you want to learn more about the festival and the history of past festivals. They also offer admission discounts to international visitors. ↓More Information↓
To commemorate the festival they are offering FREE ADMISSION on May 18, 26 2019
Also, check out our 1 min. YouTube video of the Horan-Enya Memorial Hall.
Matsue Horan-Enya Memorial Hall (松江ホーランエンヤ伝承館）
■Address: 250, Tonomachi, Matsue City
Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/yrZWmNaqvb3hj5oS6
■Hours of Operation: [Apr. ~ Sep.] 8:30am – 6:30pm (last admission at 6pm)
[Oct. – Mar.] 8:30 am – 5pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
*Closed 3rd Thurs. of the month (Fri. if Thurs. is a holiday)
■Discounted Admission: Adults 100JPY
Elementary/ Junior High School students: 50JPY