Wednesday, January 11, 2017

# Travel ♪ Izumo in Shimane Prefecture - The Birthplace of Myths along with Legends along with The City of Love!

Izumo in Shimane Prefecture
~ The Birthplace of Myths along with Legends ~
along with The City of Love

Have you heard about Shimane Prefecture(島根県)? No....Don't worry. Actually even many Japanese are not familiar with that will prefecture too.

There are many interesting things about Shiname Prefecture indeed. We will take you there along with show you around!

Where is actually Shimane Prefecture?

The prefecture highlighted in red above is actually Shimane Prefecture. the item is actually located from the Chugoku region along with next to the Japan Sea.

Even though the item features a tiny population along with the item is actually not a main business center, there are still many reasons that will you should go to visit Shimane! For example, there are lots of cultural heritages along with different kinds of myths along with legends that will started off there.

Of course, Izumo Taisha (出雲大社) which is actually famous for Great matchmaking is actually a must-visit sightseeing spot in Shimane Prefecture.

Arriving in Shimane Prefecture

By Airplane (JAL)

Tokyo Hanada Airport -> Izumo Airport
About 0 minutes, 5 flights per day

Osaka International Airport → Izumo Airport
About 65 minutes, 6 flights per day

By Train (JR)

Tokyo Station → Izumo City Station
Take Shinkansen Nozomi along with get off at Okayama Station
Transfer to limited express Yakumo (approximately 6 hours 30 minutes)
Or to limited express train ride to Sanraizu (about 12 hours)

Osaka Station → Izumo City Station
Take Shinkansen Nozomi along with transfer to limited express Yakumo at Okayama Station (about 4 hours)

By Express Bus

WILLER EXPRESS is actually a Great choice for you. Check out our earlier sharing here:

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 A City of Love

Before we take you to the famous Izumo Taisha where you can make your love wish, let's walk around in Izumo along with see what is actually also interesting here first!

Recommended Sightseeing Spots in Shimane Prefecture

01. Gakuenji (鰐淵寺)

Gakuenji is actually a Great place to look at the beautiful autumn leaves! Many visitors come here during autumn indeed!

the item is actually said that will there was a monk who wanted to cure the ancient emperor's eye diseases, along with he went to pray under the waterfall for the emperor. After the emperor got cured, he rewarded that will monk that will Gakuenji!

Gakuenji (鰐淵寺)
Address: 148 Besshochou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-66-0250
Hours: 08:00 - 17:00
Parking: Available (60 cars)
Admission: 500 yen (adults), 300 yen (Jr. high along with above), 0 yen (Elementary), discounts for group of 20 or above
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Wish for safe delivery!

02. Karakama Shrine (韓竈神社)

In order to reach Karakama Shrine which is actually famous for wishing for safe delivery, you need to climb up the mountain along with walk through gaps like the one below!!

The shrine is actually not a big one however the item is actually said that will your wish can come true if you pray coming from your heart!!

Just make a left turn at the Torii, you can find a waterfall there too!

Karakama Shrine (韓竈神社)
Address: 408 Ushirono, Karakawacho, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Parking: Available
Google Map

Amazing cliffs along with landscapes

03. Tachikuekyouu (立久恵峡)

Tachikuekyouu became a national park in 1964. the item takes about one hour for the walk. You can find two beautifully built bridges during your walk in Tachikuekyouu area.

We found the Buddha statues on our way, how many statues are there? Can you count?

Look! The one on the right is actually an elephant!!

Tachikuekyouu (立久恵峡)
Address: Tachikue, Ottachichou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Parking: Available
Google Map

A Shrine that will protects the nights

04. Hinomisaki Shrine (日御碕神社)

There is actually a saying that will the sun rises from the east coming from Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture along with sets from the west at Hinomisaki Shrine. that will's why Hinomisaki Shrine is actually said to protect the night!

There are two main buildings of the shrine. Don't forget to visit both of them!

You can also get a "Omamori" (御守り)at the shrine to protect yourself coming from danger along with bad luck! Sands along with rocks of the shrine are contained in that will tiny omamori. They will keep you safe!

cost: 500 yen (3 colors)

Hinomisaki Shrine (日御碕神社)
Address: 455 Hinomisaki, Taishachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Hours: 08:30 - 16:30
Parking: Available (20 cars)
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Lighthouse from the most western part of Shimane

05. Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse (出雲日御碕燈台)

Just not far coming from Hinomisaki Shrine, you can visit that will lighthouse along with see the beautiful Japan Sea!

Actually the item is actually just a walkable distance coming from Hinomisaki Shrine.

Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse (出雲日御碕燈台)
Address: 1478 Hinomisaki, Taishachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-54-5341
Hours: 09:00 - 16:30
(Closed on Dec 30 along with 31)
Parking: Available
Admission: 0 yen (adults along with jr. high along with above), others are free
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Winery in Shimane Prefecture

06. Shimane Winery (島根ワイナリー)

Not just tasting wine, here at Shimane Winery, you can also see how wine is actually made, shop for souvenirs along with wine, along with even have meals (beef) here!

Free tasting of wine are available from the shop. How nice is actually that will!

A kind reminder, don't drink if you drive!!!

Shimane Winery (島根ワイナリー)
Address: 264-2 Taishachouhishine, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-53-5577
Hours: 09:30-17:00 (Detailed opening hours click here)
English Brochure: Click here
Homepage (Jap):
Google Map

Soy sauce maker with long history

07. Okamo Soy Sauce Shop (岡茂一郎商店)

the item is actually at that will point the 8th generation who runs that will soy sauce shop. By looking at the shop, you can understand that will the item features a long history since the Edo period!

various other than visiting the soy sauce factory, of course you can try out different kinds of soy sauce here! Just try them with the bread along with see which one is actually your favorite.

The most favorite item here is actually the SASHIMI soy sauce  (0 ml at 650 yen). Don't be trick by the name though! the item is actually not made for eating with raw fish sashimi!!

There is actually another interesting item here, the soy sauce flavor ice cream!! (280 yen)

Okamo Soy Sauce Shop (岡茂一郎商店)
Address: 861 Hiratachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-62-2045
Homepage (Jap.): 
Goolge Map

A famous Japanese wine shop with 140 years history

08. Sakemochida Wine Shop (酒持田本店)

Next, we will visit another Japanese wine store which also features a long history. 

In order to keep the wine in Great condition, natural sunlight coming from outside are blocked, so the shop is actually bit dim along with cold inside!

We had a great time chatting with the owner along with we learned a lot about how Japanese wine is actually made, like which kinds of rice can make better wine etc.

Sakemochida Wine Shop (酒持田本店)
Address: 785 Hiratachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-62-2023
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Ginger Flavor Candy Shop

09. Kurumaya Ginger Candy Shop (來間屋生姜糖本舗)

Because of the delicious ginger black tea that will we tried, we decided to look due to that will shop where we can get some ginger flavor candies!!

Interesting design! Does the item look like the prescription that will we got coming from drug store??

cost: 432 yen (tax included)

Just note that will the ginger candy you buy at the shop is actually in heart shape! However, the one you order online is actually not!! So which one is actually more special? You know the answer!!

Kurumaya Ginger Candy Shop (來間屋生姜糖本舗)
Address: 774 Hiratachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-62-2115
Hours: 09:00 - 19:00
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Gourmet in Shimane Prefecture

01. Heart shaped burger

Everything is actually about love along with heart in Shimane. You can imagine food is actually made with that will theme too!

that will hamburger with tomato sauce tastes pretty nice indeed.

cost: 550 yen (tax included)

02. Ginger flavor soft cream

Even the item's winter at that will point, however you will get genuinely warm after having that will ginger flavor soft cream!

cost: 360 yen (tax included)

Yunogawa Service Area (道の駅湯の川)
Address: 825-2 Gakutou, Hikawachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-73-9327
Hours (Restaurant): 09:00 - 19:00
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

03. Fresh sashimi rice bowl

that will seafood restaurant is actually actually located in between the Hinomisaki Shrine along with Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse that will we introduced above. So you know where to have lunch at that will point!

Left: Sea urchin rice bowl - 2,0 yen (tax included)
Center: Japan Sea's seafood rice bowl - 1,080 yen (tax included)
Right: Mixed seafood rice bowl - 1,400 yen (tax included)

Hanafusashouten (花房商店)
Address: 1481 Hinomisaki, Taishachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-54-5126
Hours: 10:00 - 16:00 (closed on Wed.)
Google Map

04. Japanese Wine (Sake)

The above 4 Japanese wine is actually highly recommended by the locals. Just show the item to the restaurant along with see if they possess the stock for you to try!

A happy drinking party with your friends!

CHANPURU Restaurant TORAKO (ちゃんぷる 酒房 とらこ)
Address: 926-7 Imaichichou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-30-0521
Hours: 17:30 - 24:00 (L.O. 23:30)
(Closed on Sun.)
Google Map

05. Local dishes

Selection along with tastes of the food are great here! Just try the item!

They have half-buffet provided here. So feel free to go out along with get food that will you like!

Don't forget to try the Shimane beef too. the item goes well with red wine too!

Address: 859-1 Taki, Takichou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-86-2911
Lunch hours: 11:30 - 15:00
cost: 1300 yen (adults along with jr. high above), 1200 yen (65 years old along with above), 800 yen (elementary), 350 yen (2 years old to kindergarten), free (2 years along with below)

Dinner hours: 17:00 - 21:00
cost: 1600 yen (adults along with jr. high above), 1500 yen (65 years old along with above), 1000 yen (elementary), 550 yen (2 years old to kindergarten), free (2 years along with below)

Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Hot Springs in Shimane Prefecture

In Japan, there are 3 places are named "Hot Springs for the Beauty". Yunogawa hot spring in Shimane is actually one of them! So how can you miss the item!!

HIKAWA Beauty Hot Spring (ひかわ美人の湯)
Address: 3646-1 Gakutou, Hikawachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-72-5526
Hours: 10:00 - 21:30 (Last entrance 21:00)
Admission: 0 yen (adults, Sr. high along with above), 400 yen (65 years old along with above), 400 yen (elementary along with above), 0 yen (3 years old along with above)
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Accommodation Recommendation

01. YUYADO SOUAN Hot Spring Hotel (湯宿 草菴)

With the same hot spring source as the above, you can stay in that will hot spring hotel along with have a relaxing night here. 

YUYADO SOUAN Hot Spring Hotel (湯宿 草菴)
Address: 1491 Gakutou, Hikawachou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-72-0226
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

02. KIRARA COTTAGE (キララコテージ)

If you are looking for a different style accommodation, we recommend you to try that will cottage where is actually great for family with kids. Kitchen, dining room, living room along with bedroom are all included. However, please note that will you have to take care of the garbage along with bedsheet when you check out. 

Address: 182-1 Kumura, Takichou, Izumo, Shimane Prefecture
Tel.: 0853-86-9088
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Wanna know more about Izumo in Shimane Prefecture? We will have a few more sharing with you soon!

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