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The land of the gods and their meeting place every 10th month of the lunar calendar. Popularly known for Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine where the god of “en” (the ties that bind us together) is enshrined. A local delicacy which also happens to be one of the three major varieties of soba is Izumo soba, which is traditionally eaten in  a three-tier lunch box. Climb to the top of the oldest stone masonry lighthouse in japan which sits overlooking the Sea of Japan.

17 Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo (古代出雲歴史博物館)

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

Located next to Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, this museum introduces the history and culture of ancient Izumo and Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. The collection includes the largest amount of ancient bronze swords and bronze bell-shaped vessels (National Treasures) which were excavated in tremendous scales from two sites in Izumo. It also houses the Uzubashira Pillar, a huge pillar found in the ruins of the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, and a 1/10 scale model of the main hall of ancient Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine that was said to be as high as 48m.

address99-4, Kizukihigashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo City
telephone 0853-53-8600
homepage http://www.izm.ed.jp/english/ (EN/KR/ 簡 / 繁 )
opening hours [Mar. – Oct.] 9am – 6pm (Last admission at 5:30pm)
 [Nov. – Feb.] 9am – 5pm (Last admission at 4:30pm)
Closed every third Tue. of the month (or third Wed. if third Tue. is a holiday)

Discounted Admission
Permanent Exhibition:
Adults: ¥310
University Students: ¥200
Elementary/ Junior High/ High School Students: ¥100
Special Exhibitions:
50% discount *rates vary according to exhibition

Access
bus 25min via Ichibata Bus (bound for Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine/ Hinomisaki) from Bus Stop ① at JR Izumoshi Sta. to ‘Seimon-mae’ bus stop. Then walk 2min.
by train 10min walk from Ichibata Railway Izumo Taisha-mae Sta.
parking  244 cars

gift shoprestaurant cafe
Brochures EN / KR / 簡 / 繁

18 Tezen Museum (手銭記念館)

Tezen Museum

Opened in April 1993, Tezen Museum’s main exhibits are art works and traditional crafts from the Izumo region. In the museum collection, hundreds of works are on display ranging from arts and crafts (pottery, lacquer ware, metalwork, woodwork etc.) full of local colours to the more daily living ware. The museum building was a former sake storehouse and rice storehouse built in the Edo period. Enjoy your time here while appreciating the artworks and surrounding garden in the quiet atmosphere between storehouses.

address2450-1, Kizukinishi, Taisha-cho, Izumo City
telephone 0853-53-2000
homepage http://www.tezenmuseum.com/index-en.html (EN)
opening hours 9am – 4:30pm
Closed every Tue. (or Wed. if Tue. is a holiday), New Year holidays, between exhibitions

Discounted Admission
Adults: ¥500
Elementary/ Junior High/ High School Students: ¥300

Access
bus 30min via Ichibata Bus (bound for Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine/ Hinomisaki) from bus stop ① at JR Izumoshi Sta. to ‘Izumo Taisha Renrakusho’ bus stop. Then walk 10min.
by train15min walk from Ichibata Railway Izumo Taisha-mae Sta.
parking 30cars

Brochures EN

19 The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art (出雲キルト美術館)

The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art

Situated in the middle of Izumo Plain filled with rich nature, the Izumo Museum of Quilt Art opened its door as the first quilt museum in Japan. The museum is set in a 200-year-old Japanese traditional house constructed of Izumo style. Quilt works produced by Mutsuko Yawatagaki who is a leading expert on Japanese style quilting are displayed alongside ‘ikebana’ (flower arrangements), seasonal room decorations and the four seasonal themed exhibitions per year. Passing down the culture of Izumo and the Japanese spirit to the next generation is the main concept of this museum through its space, atmosphere and aesthetic beauty of the setting of the museum.

address 330, Fukutomi, Hikawa-cho, Izumo City
telephone 0853-72-7146
homepage http://www.yawatagaki.com/iqm_english/about_iqm.html (EN)
opening hours 10am – 5pm
Every Wed. and the third Sun. of the month (open if it is a holiday)

Discounted Admission
Adults: ¥490
Elementary/ Junior High/ High School Students: ¥350

Access
car20min from JR Izumoshi Sta.
car10min from JR Naoe Sta.
car7min from Izumo Airport.
parking 15 cars

gift shopcafe
credit card OK VISA / MasterCard / JCB / AMEX
Brochures EN

20 Archaeological Museum of Kojindani (荒神谷博物館)

Archaeological Museum of Kojindani

In July of 1984, 358 bronze swords were excavated at the Kojindani Site. The number of swords found in one site exceeds the total number of bronze swords excavated nationwide to date. In the following year, bronze bellshaped vessels and spearheads were also excavated from the site, making a huge impact on the history of ancient times. (These bronze implements are designated as a National Treasure.) It can be said that this museum is a great compilation of the results of surveys and research at the mysterious Kojindani site.

address873-8, Kanba, Hikawa-cho, Izumo City
telephone 0853-72-9044
homepage http://www.kojindani.jp/ (JP)
opening hours 9am – 5pm (Last admission at 4:30pm)
Closed every Tue. (or Wed. if Tue. is a holiday), Dec.29 – Jan. 3

Discounted Admission
Permanent Exhibition:
Adults: ¥102
Special Exhibitions: rates vary according to exhibition

Access
car 20min from JR Izumoshi Sta..
car 2min from Hikawa IC on San-in EXPWY.
parking  North Parking (64 cars) or South Parking (126 cars

gift shop