Cities

Matsue

The prefectural capital, Matsue has an original castle (most in Japan are modern remakes/rebuilds).

Izumo

Site of Izumo Taisha, one of Japan's most famous shrines.

Hamada

Fishing port and recreation area.

Tsuwano

Referred to as "Little Kyoto," home to a steam train and the birthplace of Mori Ogai.

Masuda

The westernmost city in Shimane and long-time home of Sesshu, one of the most famous artists in Japanese history.

Gotsu

A small industrial city between Hamada and Ōda.

Oda

A reasonably sized city close to Iwami Ginzan and Mt. Sanbe.

Yasugi

Site of the Adachi Art Museum, Yasugi borders Yonago in Tottori Prefecture. On a clear day you can spot the snow-capped Mt. Daisen up north.

Other destinations

Oda

silver mines that became a World Heritage Site

Yunotsu

old onsen town perfectly preserved in the 1920s

Oki Islands

Okuizumo

Unnan

Hikawa

Iinan

Misato (Shimane)

Kawamoto

Onan

Yoshika

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Tottori (prefecture)

Yamaguchi (prefecture)

Hiroshima (prefecture)

Okayama Prefecture

Someday

guide to

Shimane

Shimane Prefecture (島根県 Shimane-ken ; ,) is in the western Chugoku region of the main Japanese island Honshu. It is the 2nd least populous prefecture in Japan.

Arriving

By train

Shimane is on the Japan Rail San'in Main Line, which runs along western Honshu's sea coast between Kyoto and Shimonoseki.

Japan Rail's "Sunrise Izumo" night train runs between Tokyo, Matsue and Izumo. Prices vary depending on the accommodation booked, which range from simple berths to private cabins.

The "Super Yakumo" express train connects Matsue and Izumo to Okayama.

The "Super Okii" JR train line originating in Shin-Yamaguchi stops at a number of cities and town in Shimane prefecture.

By boat

Overnight ferries depart twice a week from Sakaiminato DBS Ferry Terminal to Donghae, Korea and then onwards to Vladivostok, Russia a day later.
To get to Sakaiminato DBS Ferry Terminal from Matsue take the train from Matsue Station to Sakaiminato station (transfer in Yonago). There are free shuttle buses to the terminal on Friday and Saturday.
For booking and more information: DBS Cruise Ferry Japan Co., Ltd. tel: +81 859 30-2332

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