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A travel itself is already an experience, but why don't you make your trip more memorable by getting involved in some trials/activities? Here are recommended experience menus Shimane offers to you.

Arts & Crafts

Experience The Traditional Hand Making Paper

Experience the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage : Japanese Paper Making

Experience the UNESCO intangible cultural heritage : Japanese Paper Making

"Sekishu Banshi", which was recently designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage, is one of the traditional crafts you can experience while in Shimane.
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About Sekishu-Banshi

 In 2014, another tradition of Japan was announced to be a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. Sekishu-banshi…

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=Report= Reporting Sekishu-Banshi Japane ...

This web page introduces the remarks and comments written by CIR (Cordinator of International Relations) of Sh…

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=Report= The Art of Making Sekishu-Bansh ...

  I was delighted to hear that I had the chance to go to Hamada-shi, Shimane and experience creating Sekishu W…

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Experience the Magic of Shinto Straw Rope, Shimenawa

Experience the Magic of Shinto Straw Rope, Shimenawa

Experience the Magic of Shinto Straw Rope, Shimenawa

One of the most striking symbols of Shinto Shrines is the rice straw ropecalled shimenawa. Iinan town is home to the one of the largest Shimenawa in the world, which can be seen at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. While visiting the town, you can make a Shimenawa and take it home as a souvenir.
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Incomparable dignity and the craftman's ...

 Sightseers who visit the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo city, Shimane cannot help being impressed by the …

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=Report= Making Shimenawa, a sacred stra ...

We were able to have a rare experience: making shimenawa, a sacred rope made out of bunches of straw twisted a…

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=Report= Binding Straws : An Iinan Exper ...

As much as I have always loved clear mountain streams, green forests, and fresh air, I never thought I had muc…

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Experience The Traditional Indigo Dyeing

Experience the traditional textile Hirose Kasuri Indigo Dyeing.

Experience the traditional Ai-zome, Japanese Indigo Dyeing.

Ai-zome is a traditional dyeing method in Japan. Its deep rich color is widely known as "Japanese Blue". You can try make your own dyed clothing and accessories such as handkerchiefs, t-shirts, and Japanese traditional hand towels called Tenugui.
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About Indigo Dyeing

“Aizome” (Indigo Dyeing) is one of the Japanese traditional dyeing. Its deep rich color is widely …

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=Report= The Indigo Colored Tradition of ...

  When I arrived at Amano Kouya with my colleagues one of the first things that I noticed was the deep indigo …

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=Report= Traditional Indigo Dyeing Exper ...

Written by Ms. Yuan Ma After over a month of continuously cloudy days, it is today, on a much-longed for day o…

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Try fabric dyeing using local Oki clay

=Report= Mud Dyeing on Nishinoshima, Oki ...

On my summer vacation to the Oki Islands last year (which was fantastic in so many ways), I took two half-days…

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Japanese Food

The Wagashi Making Experience

The Wagashi Making Experience

The Wagashi Making Experience

You can create traditional Japanese confectioneries in this wagashi making experience. The theme and variety of wagashi varies with the seasons, a tradition that expresses Japanese people’s appreciation of the beauty of the changing seasons, as well as seasonal fruits and flowers.
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=Report= Creating Edible Art, Japanese C ...

Wagashi is traditionally made by hand. No machines are used in the process, and this is another method of pres…

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Visiting Japanese Sake Brewery

Soak up the nature, Iinan Forest Therapy

Visiting Japanese Sake Brewery

It is recommended to visit breweries and see how sake is brewed for those who have an interest in sake. There will be lots of impressive discoveries for you.
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Birthplace of Japanese sake

Have you ever heard, or tried Japanese sake ? It is an alcoholic beverage made from rice.  Sake is preferred a…

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=Report= The Power of Humans & Nature Co ...

Winter, the season of snow falls and icy breath, means less going outside and longer periods spent indoors. It…

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Making Buckwheat Noodles, the Oki Islands Way

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=Report= How I Made My Buckwheat Noodles ...

(Written by Izabela Raczynska, CIR from Okinoshima Town) Light brown in colour and made with buckwheat –…

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Outdoor

Fun! Fun! Fun! In the Oki Islands!

Kuniga Coast

Kuniga Coast Walking Trail

(Written by Cleo Wong, CIR in Nishinoshima Town) The Kuniga Coast Walking Trail is one of the most popular tra…

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Mount Takuhi Walking Trail

(Written by Cleo Wong, CIR in Nishinoshima Town) The Mount Takuhi Walking Trail starts at the car park and tak…

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Cycling Adventure on Nakanoshima Island

(Written by Izabela Raczynska, CIR from Okinoshima Town) Let’s say you are visiting Oki Islands. You alr…

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sea-kayaking

Water Sports and Beach Fun in the Oki Is ...

Oki Islands are located in the Sea of Japan (a shallow, basin-like sea) that has a large cold body of water, a…

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Soak up the nature, Iinan Forest Therapy

Soak up the nature, Iinan Forest Therapy

Won't you join us for a breath of fresh air in the forest?

Iinan town provides an environment of increased health consciousness and spiritual well-being through the natural healing effects of Forest Therapy. Please come to visit us and enjoy your forest bathing.
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=Report= Fishing Trails and Forest Thera ...

One hot summer day in July, my Forest Therapy in Iinan-cho began with waking up in a hotel called Mori no Su, …

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=Report= Relaxing with Forest Therapy

While in Iinan-cho, we stayed at Mori no Su, a wonderful hotel in the middle of a forest. The facility is made…

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Sightseeing

A Castle Moat Exploring Tour, Horikawa Yuransen

A Castle Moat Exploring Tour, Horikawa Yuransen

A Castle Moat Exploring Tour, Horikawa Yuransen

Horikawa sightseeing boat tour is an hour journey which goes along the moat of the Matsue Castle. A small boat takes passengers around Matsue Castle and through the city’s canals.
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=Report= Beautiful water landscape

Recommended from Ms. Pydde Julia (Germany) There are many old castle towns in Japan, but what makes Matsue so …

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=Report= A peaceful ride along the moat ...

Recommend from Annaliese Marie The Horikawa Sightseeing Boat is the best way to not only enjoy a beautiful vie…

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Dynamic Coastlines, Oki Islands Cruising Tours

Dynamic Coastlines, Oki Islands Cruising ...

Take a Ride on the Sightseeing Boats and be Amazed by the Power of Nature! Kuniga Coast Sightseeing Boat [Nish…

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Traditional

A must-see experience for all ages, Iwami Kagura show in Western Shimane

Iwami Kagura show

Iwami Kagura, the world of Japanese Mythology

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.
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Iwami Kagura, the world of Japanese Myth ...

Amongst famous Japanese traditional performing arts like Kabuki and Noh, Kagura is the oldest with its origin …

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Experience Japanese Tea Culture

Experience Japanese Tea Culture

Experience Japanese Tea Culture

Matsue developed as a castle town during the middle ages under a lord who had a keen appreciation of tea culture. Thanks to his patronage, the culture of enjoying the tea ceremony spread amongst the people of Matsue. The city is now widely known for its rich tea culture. Why not try traditional confectionery and green tea during your stay?
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About The tea culture of Matsue

Matsue, the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, is known for its tea culture, which places importance on the t…

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=Report= Experience Japanese style tea c ...

Wearing Japanese traditional clothing called kimono, we experienced a day of traditional Japanese culture in M…

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=Report= Learning Tea Ceremony Culture

For those looking to experience traditional lifestyles and culture, I strongly recommended travelling outside …

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Experience Yasugibushi show and Dojou-sukui dance

Experience Yasugibushi show and Dojou-sukui dance

Experience Yasugibushi show and Dojou-sukui dance

Dojou-sukui is famous for its comical facial expressions and pelvis movements. Broad smile spread over everyone’s face and you can enjoy the workshop with lots of laughter and joy for sure! So why don’t you experience the merry local performance art together?
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=Report= Conveying the Simple Humanity i ...

This article below introduces the remarks and comments written by CIR (Cordinator of International Relations) …

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About Yasugibushi & Dojou-sukui in Yasug ...

If you visit Yasugi City, you will see a smiling male mascot character with a wicker basket in his hands in ma…

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