The prefectural capital, Matsue has an original castle (most in Japan are modern remakes/rebuilds).
Site of Izumo Taisha, one of Japan's most famous shrines.
Fishing port and recreation area.
Referred to as "Little Kyoto," home to a steam train and the birthplace of Mori Ogai.
The westernmost city in Shimane and long-time home of Sesshu, one of the most famous artists in Japanese history.
A small industrial city between Hamada and Ōda.
A reasonably sized city close to Iwami Ginzan and Mt. Sanbe.
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.
silver mines that became a World Heritage Site
old onsen town perfectly preserved in the 1920s
The "Super Okii" JR train line originating in Shin-Yamaguchi stops at a number of cities and town in Shimane prefecture.
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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