2019 Summer Festivals

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    

Summer event

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

WHEN:  July 20th (sat)~ August 31st (sat) 2019   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 the Japanese summer night festival!

 

   Kanekobara Mushi Okuri Festival    

Ohnan Mushi Okuri 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 ~ 18:00

ABOUT :   A 200-year-old traditional dance to send bugs away from the rice fields! [link]

 

   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 (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    

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

WHEN :   July 24th (wed)  17:00 ~ , 25th (thurs)     2019

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 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 ~ 21:30

INFORMATION: [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 Event 13:00 ~ 18:00

Hirata Tanabata Decorated Boat Parade 19:00 ~ 20:30

INFORMATION: [link]

 

    Okinoshima Town Summer Festival   

WHERE : Saigo Port  (Okinoshima Town) [map]

WHEN :  August 3rd (sat)  2019  17:00 ~ 21:00

ABOUT :  Walk down rows of food stalls while watching special performances of Oki folk songs on stage.

 

   Yamanba Festival   

WHERE : Yakami Elementary School (Ohnan Town) [map]

WHEN :  August 14th (wed)  2019  18:30 ~ 22:00

ABOUT :  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 notice

ABOUT :  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 ~ 21:00

ABOUT :  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.

 

 

2019 Firework Festivals

 

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   

    Nima-Goise Festival     

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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    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks Festival

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    

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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.

 

     Tenryo-san Festival      

WHEN :  August 3rd (sat)  2019  17:00~
WHERE :   near JR Odashi Station (Ohda City) [map]
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WHEN :   August 4th (sun)  2019  9:40~ 
*fireworks 20:00 ~ 21:00 (6000 count)
WHERE :  Kute Port (Ohda City) [map]
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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     

yunotsu 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    

Daito Tanabata 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    

Izumo 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 ~ 20:50

ABOUT :    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 ~
*fireworks  20:00~

 

   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    

Tsukinowa

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    

Go-nokawa River Fireworks 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)

 

Nippon Rent-A-Car Discount Campaign START 6/20~

Renting a car during your visit to Shimane?

If you are an international visitor coming to Shimane through Yonago, Hiroshima, Okayama, or Hagi-Iwami Airport and plan on renting a car, you may be eligible for discounts up to 5,000 JPY for one night and 10,000 JPY for two nights or more!!

Nippon Rent-A-Car Discount Campaign

For more information please inquire with the Nippon Rent-A-Car at the airport.

[OKI Event] Gorei-furyū Festival (5th June every year)

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Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine and a 2,000-year-old Japanese Ceder Tree

At this spectacular festival, witness eight deity carrying sacred horses gallop up to the shrine right before your eyes!

Gorei-furyū is held by the Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine as one of the three major festivals of Dōgo Island along with Mura-furyū held in Nakamura and Mizuwakasu Shrine-sairei-furyū held in Goka. The shrine is the main general shrine of the Oki Islands, and was constructed in a unique architectural style called Oki-zukuri.

 

 

 

 

 

The most exciting part of this festival is when horses carrying deities from eight different areas gallop up through the shrine gates (‘Uma-ire-shinji’ in Japanese).

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Important notice:

Do not cross the road while the procession is walking.
Do not touch horses and people that are with them. They are believed to be servants of deities, that are carried by the horses.
Do not stand behind a horse, due to the danger of being seriously injured.

 

Event Information

Date: 5th June 2019

Time: 10:00 Honden-sai (Urayasu-mai Shintō Dance)

11:00 A horse from Kamo area arrives at Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine

14:00 Tōgō-sajiki, In front of public housings

14:30-15:00 Uma-ire-shinji (horses run through the shrine grounds)

15:00 Shinkō-sai, the processions depart from the shrine to Otoko-yama hill

Taue-shiki (a rice-planting ritual)

Yabusame (horseback archery)

Shinme-keiba (horse racing)

17:00 End of the festival

 

Place: Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine

Access: 5 min by car from Saigō Port (Parking: Okinoshima Town Hall, Oki Culture Centre)
By bus from Saigō Port, get off at “Yakuba-mae” and walk for 15 min

For more information on Tamawakasu-mikoto Shrine

For more information on Oki Islands

 

HIROSHIMA – MATSUE 500YEN BUS (4/1/2019 ~ 3/31/2020)

We are proud to announce the continuation of the Hiroshima – Matsue 500 YEN Bus for this upcoming year!!!!

HIROSHIMA double_sided_arrow  MATSUE :  3900yen → 500yen (one way)

Take a three-hour express bus trip from Hiroshima and enjoy a lot of tourist attractions in Shimane. Perfect for a day trip to Matsue Castle and surrounding historical areas, or famous spiritual locations including Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. Great news is this special offer will continue until March 31st, 2020!!

Shimane Hiroshima 500 yen bus flyer

Shimane Hiroshima 500 yen bus flyer

How to Use

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*Special conditions apply. Please read terms of use.
1. Head to a designated ticket office.
2. Tell them you want to use the 500yen bus between Hiroshima and Matsue.
3. Show them your passport.
4. Tell them your desired time/ location of departure and destination.
5. Receive ticket and survey.
6. Board bus at respective bus stop and time.
7. Complete survey and hand to bus driver at your destination.

 

 

Where to Purchase Tickets

HIROSHIMA : Hiroshima Bus Center [map], Swallow Travel Hiroshima (Ticket window near Hiroshima Sta. Shinkansen Exit) [map]

MATSUE : Ichibata Travel service (JR Matsue Sta.) [map]

 

 

Departure/Arrival Locations

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

MATSUE : Kisuki Highway, Shinji, Tamatsukuri, JR Matsue Station, Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station

 

 

Terms of Use

*500yen is the one-way fare between Hiroshima and Matsue. (3900yen normal one-way fare)
*Applicable for short-term foreign tourists only.
*No reservations by phone. Purchases can only be made at designated ticket offices on the day of or day before use.
*Passport must be shown at the ticket office to be applicable. No other form of identification will be accepted. (1 ticket per passport)
*Ticket must be purchased at designated ticket counters. Discount is not applicable when paying by cash on the bus.

Please note: All buses are reserved seating, therefore during busy periods seats may be fully booked.

 

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sakura For more info about this 500 yen bus please check here!

“EN-MUSUBI” PERFECT TICKET

The “En-Musubi” PERFECT TICKET is the perfect way to travel in Matsue and Izumo!

 

Welcome to Shimane! If you plan on staying in the Matsue and Izumo area for a couple of days there is a “perfect ticket” for you. The continuation of a special promotion on the Perfect Ticket at the same discounted price for foreign tourists will start again from April 1st, 2019. The Perfect Ticket gives you free rides on Ichibata trains and buses, also including Matsue city buses 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

FROM April 1, 2019

enmusubi-logo3,000 yen for Adults  →  1,500yen

1,500 yen for Children 12 ≥ →  1,000yen

*must present passport at time of purchase

 

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Where can I get this ticket?

Ichibata Travel Service (next to JR Matsue Station) [map] Ichibata Train Stations (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 :  transportation fees to these places are not covered by this ticket. 

 

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SL Yamaguchi Train Schedule for 2019

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 an 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. 

 

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History of SL Yamaguchi

 In Japan, steam locomotive trains were put out of service at the end of the 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 2019
     *The operating schedule may be subject to change.

March – 23, 24, 30, 31
April – 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, 29, 30
May – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
June – 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23,
July – 20, 21, 27, 28
August – 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31
September – 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29
October – 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26, 27
November – 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17, 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

 

Iwami Kagura, the world of Japanese Mythology & 2019 Performance Schedule

Iwami Kagura

Amongst famous Japanese traditional performing arts like Kabuki and Noh, Kagura is the oldest with its origin in ancient Japanese mythology. It was originally offered to shinto deities to welcome and entertain them and performed only by shinto priests and miko at shinto shrines thanking and praying for abundant crop and bumper, however, it has become widely common for the public to be enjoyed with. 

Especially in western Shimane, which is referred to as the Iwami region,  it is called “Iwami Kagura” and very popular for containing entertaining features, such as the use of sound and visual effects so that the performance can be better understood for the audience.

 

 

The series of performances usually start with a ritualistic dance to welcome the deities, and then entertaining performances follows.  Performers dressed up in gorgeous costumes dance to the rhythmical sounds made by traditional Japanese instruments.

There are varieties of about thirty programs, and performers play deities, demons, and sometimes humans who appear in ancient Japanese mythology. Among them, “Orochi” can be said as the most popular. This program is about a heroic deity Susano-o slaying an evil serpent called Yamata-no-orochi and save Princes Inada. The serpent had eight heads and eight tails and its body was long enough to cover eight peaks and valleys.

Umi Kagura

This is the special version of Kagura, which is performed on the beach. It is called “Umi (the Sea) Kagura” and take place on August 13th every year. The highlight of the day comes along the dark when they dance with the setting sun on their back. Bonfires are lit, and it makes the ritual dances even more mysterious.  

 

kagura Orochi (photo contest)

 

 

Where you can enjoy Iwami Kagura casually

==Regular Schedule from April 2019== *Please refer the map below

 Oda City 

1.  Tatsuno-gozen-jinja Shrine (Yunotsu Onsen) [map]
Dates and times : 8pm~9pm, Every Saturday
Admission Fee : 1000 JPY (Junior High School and under get in for free)

 Gotsu City 

2.  Yunomachi-Kaguraden (Arifuku Onsen) [map]
Dates and times :
[Apr.] 13, 27
[May] 4, 25
[Jun.] 22
[Jul.] 13, 27
[Aug.] 10
[Sep.] 14, 21
[Nov.] 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
[Dec.] 14
[Jan. 2020] 11
[Feb. 2020] 8
[Mar. 2020] 21
8:30pm ~ 9:30pm
 
Admission Fee: 500 JPY

3.  PALETTE Gotsu [map]
Dates and times: 2nd Sunday of every month, including 4/28 and 6/8. No performances in October and November.
[First show] 10:30am ~ 11:30am
[Second Show] 1:00pm ~2:00pm
Admission Fee: 500 JPY (Junior High School and under get in for free)

 Hamada City 

4A.  Sanku Shrine [map]
Dates and times: 8pm~9pm, Every Saturday  *special performances may go until 11:30 pm
Admission Fee: 700 JPY  *Special Performances: 1,000 JPY

4B.  Asahi-so (Asahi Onsen)  [map]
Dates and times: 8:30pm~, Every Saturday between Sep. 9 – Nov.18)
Admission Fee: 500 JPY (Junior High School and under get in for free)

5.  AQUAS Hasshi Square  [map]
Dates and times: 1pm~3pm, Every Sunday in Mar to beg. of Nov. and National Holidays (Apr.to Nov.)
Admission : Free of Charge

6.  Road Station Yuhi Park Hamada  [map]
Dates and times : 1pm~3pm, 2nd Sunday of every month
Admission : Free of Charge

 Masuda City 

7.  Masuda EAGA Building  [map]
Dates and times : 7:30pm~9pm, Every Saturday (except Sep. to Dec.),  no performances during Aug. 13-15
Admission Fee: 500 JPY (Junior High School and under get in for free)

 Tsuwano Town 

8.  Road Station Nagomi-no-sato (Tsuwano Onsen)  [map]
Dates and times: 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month
[First Show] 11am ~
[Second Show] 2pm ~
Admission Fee: Free of Charge

9.  Taikodani Inari Shrine  [map]
Dates and times : 8pm~9:10pm, Every Saturday (Aug. to Sep.), Special Performance days
Admission Fee : 500 JPY (Junior High School and under get in for free)

 

==Iwami Kagura Venues==

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The Nagata Collection of Hokusai

The Shimane Museum of Art is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a very special Hokusai exhibition from the “Nagata Collection”.

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The “Nagata Collection” is a 2,000 piece count collection of Hokusai and his pupils that had been personally owned by the foremost ukiyo-e specialist, Mr. Nagata Seiji and donated to the Shimane Art Museum. From the collection and on display will be rare high-quality first editions, Hokusai classics, hand drawings, and other ukiyo-e related pieces. Beginning with this two-part exhibition of Hokusai, the museum will display the whole “Nagata Collection”  to the public over the course of 10 years.

[Part 1] February 8th (Fri.) ~ March 4th (Mon.) 2019
[Part 2] March 6th (Wed.) ~ March 25th (Mon.) 2019

Hokusai (Part 1)Hokusai Collection (Part 2)

Nagata Seiji who is known as the foremost ukiyo-e specialist and owner of one of the world’s biggest Hokusai collections was born in the town of Tsuwano in the western part of Shimane.

Information

Shimane Art Museum

The museum offers a spectacular view of the sunset over Lake Shinji

Shimane Art Museum
1-5, Sodeshicho, Matsue City
TEL: 0852-55-4700
HP: http://www.shimane-art-museum.jp/en

Opening Hours:
[October ~ February] 10:00 ~ 18:30
[March ~ September] 10:00 ~ *30 min. after sundown
The museum is closed every Tuesday
*last admission is 30 min. before closing

Admission Fee:

Special Exhibition Museum Collection Set Ticket
(Special Exhibition + Museum Collection)
General Admission 1,000 JPY 300 JPY 1,150 JPY
University Student 600 JPY 200 JPY 700 JPY
Elementary / Junior / High School Student 300 JPY FREE 300 JPY

*International Visitors Discount Information → present your passport or residence card when purchasing your tickets to receive 50% off the admission fee.