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The Perfect Ticket for travelers on a budget

Suggested Time : 2 Nights, 3 Days Main modes of transportation : Bus, Train Regions : Matsue, Izumo

Do you want to make your trip in Shimane the best out of it at the same time with keeping its cost down?

Then this is JUST for you! 

We have the travel discount ticket called “En-Musubi Perfect Ticket”, with which you can journey across Matsue and Izumo with Ichibata bus/train and Matsue city bus as well as Airport shuttle bus from Izumo Airport unlimited times for 3 days with just 2,000 yen! (*Note that you cannot use the ticket for JR trains)

You can even receive special benefits such as small gift and discount in admission fee at some facilities including 3-days worth of Lakeline Bus Tickets for free and a discount for Horikawa sightseeing boat.  

 

Here is an example of the 3 day trip with the ticket. 

The total transportation fees for this trip would be around 9120 yen if it was not for the perfect ticket!!!

There is no way you don’t buy the ticket if you are staying in Matsue and Izumo more than 3 days! 

 

*Click Here for more details about the ticket.

 

 

 

Day 1

Departure point : Izumo Airport

Izumo Airport Shuttle Bus bound for "Izumo Taisha", 40 min, 900 yen

01

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

Congregation of the gods, blessed with the power of en

Dedicated to the Shinto god of “en” (the ties that binds us together) Okuninushi-no-Okami, Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the oldest and most venerated shrines in Japan. The main hall is constructed in the “taisha-zukuri” style, Japan’s oldest form of shrine architecture, and has been designated as a National Treasure. Each year during the 10th month of the Lunar calendar the gods from throughout Japan congregate at Izumo Taisha for their annual meeting. Only in Izumo is this month known as “The Month With Gods.” The “shimenawa” (sacred straw rope) that hang at Kagura-den Hall in one of the largest in Japan, weighing an impressive 5 tons.

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Address 島根県出雲市大社町杵築東195
Tel. No. 0853-53-3100

Ichibata Bus bound for Hinomisaki Lighthouse, from bus stop "Izumo Taisha Renrakujyo", 20 min, 510 yen

02

Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

Japan's tallest chalk lighthouse, towering over the Sea of Japan

On the westernmost tip of the Shimane Peninsula, located in the midst of a Black Tailed Gull breeding ground, the Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse (43.65m) is the largest masonry lighthouse in East Asia. The view from the observatory is unparalleled and the lighthouse is considered among the top 100 historic lighthouses in the world.

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Address 島根県出雲市大社町日御碕1478
Tel. No. 0853-54-5341
Operating Hours 09:00 to 16:30 (All-year round) *Times change from April

Ichibata Bus bound for JR Izumo Station, from bus stop "Hinomisaki Lighthouse", 20 min, 510 yen → Get off at "Izumo Taisha Renrakujyo"

Izumo Airport Shuttle Bus bound for "Tamatsukuri Onsen", from "Izumo Taisha Renrakujyo", 30min, 1470 yen

04

Tamatsukuri Onsen

Storied hot spring renowned for its skincare effects

One of the oldest onsens in Japan, Tamatsukuri Onsen has a history dating back to at least 733 AD, where it was introduced as “The Bath of The Gods” in the Ancient Chronicles of Izumo. You can stay at any of the 22 traditional Japanese inns that lie the banks of the Tamayu River, which runs through the heart of this picturesque onsen, or if you prefer, there are luxury hotels available which can accommodate up to 700 guests.

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Address 島根県松江市玉湯町玉造
Tel. No. 0852-62-3300

Day 2

05

Tamatsukuriyu Jinja (Tamatsukuriyu Shrine)

The “wishing stone” within the shrine grounds is popular as a spiritual spot

Tamatsukuriyu Shrine enshrines the guardian deity of Tamatsukuri Hot Spring, which has a 1,300-year history and is said to be both the “hot spring of the gods” and the “hot spring of beautiful skin.” The shrine’s location within the hot spring district means it is possible to drop by as you take a stroll. Within the shrine itself, you will find a “wishing stone.” It is said that your wishes will be granted if you touch the stone and pray, and the shrine attracts a large number of visitors from around the world. Additionally, the shrine bridge with red balustrades that spans the clear stream of the Tamayu River in front of the shrine is also a popular spot for taking photos.

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Address 島根県松江市玉湯町玉造508
Tel. No. 0852-62-0006
Operating Hours 【Worship】No time limits 【Shrine office inquiry window】 [Weekdays] 09:00 to 12:00 and 13:30 to 17:30 [Weekends and holidays] 08:30 to 17:30

Ichibata Bus bound for "Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station", from bus stop "Tamatsukuri onsen", 30min, 530 yen → get off at JR Matsue Station

06

Matsue Lakeline Sightseeing Bus

Lovely local Matsue sightseeing bus

Take a 70 minute tour of Matsue’s most famous tourist attractions in this vintage bus and receive discount admission coupons with the purchase of a one-day pass. Buses depart every 20-30 minutes.

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Tel. No. 0852-60-1111

Matsue Lakeline Bus, from bus stop 7, 520 yen (1 day pass), 6th stop

07

Karakoro Kobo (Karakoro Art Studio) (formerly the Bank of Japan Matsue Artisan Studio)

A pink post box that is said to bring good fortune is popular

Karakoro Art Studio is located in a historical building that sits alongside a canal in the castle of Matsue. It is an integrated manufacturing and retailing craft gallery with an artisan theme. The central square contains a wishing well, a pink post box, and heart-shaped votive picture tablets. The pink post box is popular for reportedly attracting good fortune. The studio also holds events in each season, including the Umbrella Sky event in the rainy season, when the ceiling of the square is completely covered with colorful umbrellas. In addition to workshop classrooms and artists’ brand shops selling spiritual stones, silver, glass, ceramics, recycled cloth, woodwork, and other accessory items, the building also has abundant food options, including cafes and restaurants. With a complete lineup of classrooms, galleries, shops and other facilities, Karakoro Art Studio is a place where you can revel in Japanese handicrafts.

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Address 43 Tonomachi, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Tel. No. 0852-20-7000
Operating Hours 【Workshop】09:30 to 18:30 【Meal】11:00 to 18:30 *Last order for Biidoro only is 22:00
Holidays Depends on each facility
Lunch places in Kyomise district nearby

1 min walk to Kyomise Karakoro Square (Horikawa Sightseeing Boat Boarding Point)

08

Horikawa Sightseeing Boat

Boat ride through Matsue's waterways and castle moat

This small passenger boat will take you through the history, nature and people of Matsue. The moats surrounding Matsue Castle (National Treasure) remain unchanged from when it was first constructed over 400 years ago. This 50 min sightseeing boat guides you along the moats through the historical Japanesescape of the castle Matsue, the places related to Lafcadio Hearn, forests which have been there 400 years since the construction of the castle, charming changes of seasons and the beauty of moats itself.

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Address <Boarding Points> Matsue Horikawa Freai Square, Kyomise Karakoro Square, Ote-mae Square
Tel. No. 0852-27-0417
Operating Hours [March 1 to June 30] 09:00 to 17:00 [July 1 to August 15] 09:00 to 18:00 [August 16 to October 10] 09:00 to 17:00 [October 11 to November 30] 09:00 to 16:00 [December 1 to February 28] 09:00 to 16:00 *Departs every 20 minutes from March 1 to November 30, and every 30 minutes from December 1 to February 28
Holidays None (may be closed in stormy weather or to change courses)

Horikawa Sightseeing Boat → get off at Ote-mae Square

09

Matsue Castle (National Treasure)

Remnant from samurai times and one of only five Japanese keeps designated as a national treasure

Constructed over a period of 5 years from 1607 to 1611 by Yoshiharu Horio, a feudal lord and founder of Matsue. Currently it is one of the only 12 remaining original castles in Japan and the only one in the San’in region. It was designated National Treasure in 2015. The elegance of the castle’s swooping roofs and decor is often compared to the wings of a ‘chidori’ (plover bird) which has led to the castle’s nickname,’Chidori-jo’ (Plover Castle). The castle features an architectural design specifically chosen for battle, but retains a grand majestic appearance.2

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Address 島根県松江市殿町1-5
Tel. No. 0852-21-4030
Operating Hours 【When the Honmaru gates open】 [April to September] 07:00 to 19:30 [October to March] 08:30 to 17:00 【Castle tower entry】 [April to September] 08:30 to 18:30 (Reception is until 18:00) [October to March] 08:30 to 17:00 (Reception is until 16:30)
Holidays Open all year round

5min walk

10

Former Samurai Residence

See how the samurais of Matsue lived

This former samurai residence was for middle-class samurais of the Matsue clan during the Edo period. Katana drawers, a teethblackening dye set, household furniture and livingware are also on display. Compared to the grand structure and interior of the public area (entrance, drawing room and master’s living room), the private area for family was quite simple and modest. One can have a glimpse of the samurai’s way of living; drawing a sharp line between their public and private life.

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Address 松江市北堀町305
Tel. No. 0852-22-2243
Operating Hours [April to September] 08:30 to 18:30 (Reception is until 18:00) [October to March] 08:30 to 17:00 (Reception is until 16:30)
Holidays Open all year round
Enjoy walking along the Shiomi Nawate Street!

Matsue Lakeline Bus, from bus stop 10th

11

Gesshoji Temple

Family temple of the Matsudaira clan, known for its serenity and hydrangeas

Gesshoji Temple, the ‘Temple of Moonlight’, is the family temple of the Matsudaira clan, the feudal lords of the Matsue domain during the Edo period. Inside the temple precincts, being designated a national historical site, are many relics and artifacts such as ‘Karamon’ (Chinese-style gate), a large turtle sculpture featured in the writings of Lafcadio Hearn and a tea room that was used by Matsudaira Fumai himself. Gesshoji temple is popular among people as the temple of history and faith. During mid-June to mid-July, beautiful hydrangeas bloom inside the temple. Many people come to enjoy the flowers in the quiet serene historical atmosphere.

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Address 島根県松江市外中原町179
Tel. No. 0852-21-6056
Operating Hours [April to November] 09:00 to 17:00 [December to March] 09:30 to 16:30
Holidays Open all year round
If you could catch the sunset, get off at 34th bus stop as well to enjoy the best sunset view in Shimane!

Day 3

12

JR Matsue Station

A railway station located in Matsue city and operated by Japan Railways. To the south side of the station is a car rental agency where you can rent a car for your travels within Shimane. And the north side of the station is serviced by many busses that can take you all over the city or even to the nearby airports (Izumo Airport, Yonago Airport), and is also one of the bus stops for overnight and express busses. While waiting for your train or bus you can browse Shamine, the shopping center within the station, and check out its clothing stores and souvenir shops or take a break in the restaurants and cafes.  

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Address 472-2, Asahi-machi, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture 690-0003
Operating Hours Service Counter: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Ticket Vendng Machine: 4:40 a.m. - 0:10 a.m.

Matsue City Bus bound for "Yatsuka-cho/Yuushien", from bus stop 9, 50min, 700 yen

13

Yuushien Garden

Promenade garden with peonies in year-round bloom

Yuushien, a ‘miniature garden of Izumo’, featuring landscapes and mythology of Izumo area, is a traditional Japanese-styled walk-through garden around ponds. It is located in the centre of Daikonshima Island. Visitors can enjoy prominent peony flowers which can be viewed all year round as well as the many colours of the various seasonal flowers. Daikonshima is globally renowned as a growing area for Korean ginseng. You can also try a free-tasting of ginseng tea at the ginseng office that was restored from the Edo period. Come and experience the long cultural history of Daikonshima. Japanese Peony and Korean Ginseng Village

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Address 島根県松江市八束町波入1260-2
Tel. No. 0852-76-2255
Operating Hours 09:00 to 17:00
Holidays December 30, December 31

Matsue City Bus bound for "JR Matsue Station", 50min, 700 yen → get off at JR Matsue Station → Matsue City Bus bound for Yaegaki, from bus stop 4, 16 min, 250 yen

14

Yaegaki Jinja (Yaegaki Shrine)

The pond within the shrine grounds is said to be able to forecast romance and is a popular matchmaking spot

Yaegaki Shrine hugely popular as a spiritual spot for romance. In a small grove at the rear of the shine lies Mirror Pond. The practice of forecasting the outcome of various relationships based on how far and how long coins placed on Japanese paper can stay afloat on the pond before sinking is very popular among women. The shrine also offers various types of charms, and visitors love that they are able to select charms in their favorite colors. Even among the large number of matchmaking shrines in Shimane, Yaegaki Shine is one that is particularly popular thanks to its reputation for answering prayers for a suitable marriage partner and a happy marriage.

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Address 島根県松江市佐草町227
Tel. No. 0852-21-1148
Operating Hours 09:00 to 17:00
Holidays Open all year round

Matsue City Bus bound for Kanbe no Sato, from bus stop "Yaegaki Shrine", 10 min, 160 yen → 2 min walk

15

Kamosu Jinja (Kamosu Shrine)

The main shrine is a national treasure, and its stone staircase, which is built out of a stack of massive natural stones, is magnificent

Kamosu Shrine boasts a magnificent rock staircase built out of a stack of massive natural stones. The shrine has an austere and calm atmosphere, fitting for the home of the gods of ancient Izumo. It is said to answer prayers for marriage, conception, safe childbirth, and commercial prosperity. The main shrine is said to be the oldest existing example of a main shrine building in the Taisha architectural style, and is designated a national treasure. At first glance the main shrine appears to be constructed from plain wood, but originally it is believed to have been colored, and the main shrine’s inner chamber features richly-colored wall paintings. Also enshrined here are old iron pots that the shrine’s deities are said to have ridden when descending to the shrine from the heavens.

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Address 島根県松江市大庭町563

Matsue City Bus bound for Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station, from bus stop "Kanbe no Sato", 20 min, 320 yen → get off at JR Matsue Staion → Izumo Airport Shuttle Bus bound for "Izumo Airport", from bus stop 9, 35min, 1050 yen

Izumo Airport

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