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


*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.



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


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.




“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



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.



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. 





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. 


SL yamaguchi

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 the eastern Shimane, where 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==






EXPLORE more into Iwami area !

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  1. [24hr / One-day Pass] Adults 2,000 JPY / Children (6-11yrs) 1,000 JPY
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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”.

Hokusai Collection Flyer (front)Hokusai Collection Flyer (back)

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.


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.


2018-2019 Shimane Snow Resorts Schedule


Japan has over 500 snow resorts from small to large throughout the nation. Of course, some are in Shimane too, located along its southern border with Hiroshima prefecture.


Compared to other Japan’s well-known snow resorts, i.e. Niseko in Hokkaido, Hakuba in Nagano, Yuzawa in Niigata, they are smaller and have a less number of courses. Though, they are less packed, usually no need to que up for lift, and furthermore, family-friendly! All equipment and clothing can be rented, so head there to have fun in the winter.




Snow Resorts in Shimane

Kotobiki Forest Park

Shimane_kotobiki_02[Official Website] (English site)
Open Season: December 8th, 2018  ~ mid March 2019
*closed for holiday on 12/31 ~ 1/4
Hours of Operation: [weekdays] 8:30 ~ 16:30 [weekends/holidays] 8:00 ~ 17:00
Night Skiing Hours: 16:00 ~ 21:00 (available thru reservation)
Address: 1151, Sami, Iinan Town, Iishi-gun, Shimane [map]


Miinohara Ski Resort

[Official Website]
Open Season: December 23rd, 2018 to February 28th, 2019 *end date is subject to change
Hours of Operation: 8:30 ~ 17:00
Address: Miinohara, Yakawa, Okuizumo Town, Nita-gun, Shimane [map]


Mizuho Highland

mizuho ski run snow[Official Website]
Open Season: December 15th, 2018 ~ April 7th, 2019
Hours of Operation: 8:00 ~ 17:00
Night Skiing Hours: 17:30 ~ 22:00 [every Sat. thru Jan. and Feb. including 1/13, 2/10]
Address: 6242-19, Ichigi, Ohnan Town, Ochi-gun, Shimane [map]


Asahi Tenguston Snow Park

asahi tenguston snow[Official Website]
Open Season: December 28th, 2018 ~ March 10th, 2019
Hours of Operation: 8:30 ~ 16:30
Address: 7600, Ichigi, Asahi-cho, Hamada City, Shimane [map]

Overnight Course Model : An Active Holiday in Western Shimane


*Most resorts are open from December to March, but please check their schedules on their websites. Ski Resorts are subject to close due to sudden changes in weather conditions. 





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.



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

*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


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


Maitake Mushrooms


Okuizumo Tatara and Japanese Sword Museum


Oni-no-Shitaburui Gorge

●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


Discover more of Okuizumo Town



SHIMANEKKO POP-UP CAFE 22/Aug. – 2/Dec. 2018

Enjoy relaxing cafe time with Shimanekko!


The special pop-up cafe produced by Shimanekko is appealing in Tokyo and Shimane in this autumn! Shimanekko is a much-loved Shimane’s tourism mascot character (yurukyara)!

Produced by Shimanekko, various original menus in collaboration with each shop will be offered for a limited time. You can enjoy the delicious menus at shops wrapped with cute Shimanekko decoration. Visitors can receive an original sticker for each place while the stock lasts. Sometimes you may be lucky enough to come across Shimanekko visiting there! Shimanekko will give you an original badge to say thank you!


shimanekko cafe original stickers and badges





22nd/Aug. – 31st/Aug. 2018
OPEN : 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. (L.O. at 9:30 p.m.) *weekdays
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (L.O. at 8:30 p.m.) *Sat., Sun. & public holidays


Shimane’s fried horse mackerel burger


Shimane Inn AOYAMA   [MAP]
Restaurant Coupole

22nd/Aug. – 24th/Sep. 2018
Shimanekko Menu available : 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
http://www.shimane-inn.com/ (JP site)


Shimanekko rice omelet


In Shimane

Goka Soseikan    [MAP]
Cafe Kokage

2nd/Sep. – 30th/Sep. 2018
OPEN : 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. (L.O. at 1:45 p.m.) & 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (L.O. at 4:15 p.m.)
http://oki-dougo.info/data01/room/sroom/sroom_museum.html (JP site)


Shimanekko pancake


Hagi-Iwami Airport   [MAP]
Kitchen Sorara

1st/Oct. – 31st/Oct. 2018
OPEN : 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
http://hagiiwami.jp/guide/ (JP site)


Shimanekko pancake set with airport honey


Shimane Aquarium Aquas   [MAP]

Drink House in Hasshi Hiroba
1st/Oct. – 31st/Oct. 2018
OPEN : 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holiday : Every Tue. (or Wed. if Tue. is a holiday)

Cafe inside Aquarium
1st/Oct. – 31st/Oct. 2018
OPEN : 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Holiday : Every Tue.


Shimanekko Affogato at Drink House


Shimanekko latte at cafe


Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo   [MAP]
maru cafe

1st/Nov. – 2nd/Dec. 2018
OPEN : 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (L.O. at 4 p.m.)
Holiday : 27th/Nov.


Shimanekko cappuccino


Shimane Art Museum   [MAP]
Vecchio Rosso

1st/Nov. – 2nd/Dec. 2018
OPEN : 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (L.O. at 6:30 p.m.)
Holiday : Every Tue.


shimanekko kids plate

*NOTE: Open hours and holidays listed are during this event only. Please check them with each facility for the business hour during other time of the year.


Post your photos at Shimanekko Cafe on #discover_shimane on Instagram !!




< 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!

umi kagura1

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.



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! )



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)
-> [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
[Normal Train] HAMADA STATION (14:37 departure)
-> IWAMI FUKUMITSU STATION (15:21 arrival)

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



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)



-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.