Koi carp in Tsuwano, Shimane, Japan


Home Japan Travel Guide Chugoku Shimane

While Shimane prefecture in the southwestern part of Japan’s main island might not be a typical destination for international tourists, it has plenty to offer in terms of nature and history. Matsue Castle is one of the most famous castles in Japan and attracts many visitors. The Taikodani Inari Shrine is a quiet version of the famous Fushimi Inari in Kyoto. This travel guide will help you figure out where to go in Shimane!

The manicured gardens and galleries of the Adachi Museum of Art are unmissable. There are also many great hiking trails including Mt. Sambe in Daisen-Oki National Park.

The most popular site in Shimane is Izumo shrine.

  • Tsuwano


    Tsuwano in Shimane is a small castle town that prides itself on traditional arts, crafts, and literature. Find out what to see and do in this attractive town!

  • Adachi Museum of Art

    Adachi Museum of Art

    Adachi Museum of Art in Yasugi City is the most popular museum in the Sanin region, which is no wonder with its award-winning garden. See why many people have this museum on their must-see list!

  • Oki Islands (Shimane)

    Oki Islands (Shimane)

    The remote Oki Islands are located in Shimane Prefecture, 50 km north from the mainland. Tourists like to go here because of the beautiful scenery and interesting history.

  • Matsue


    Matsue is not a famous tourist destination, but it has plenty to offer. What to think of viewing Matsue Castle, doing a Horikawa cruise, or admiring the flowers in the Yushien Peony Garden?

  • Izumo Taisha Shrine | Shimane Travel Guide

    Izumo Taisha Shrine | Shimane Travel Guide

    Izumo Taisha locates in the east of Shimane is dedicated to the Shinto God Okuninushi-no-Mikoto. This shrine is regarded as the shrine of marriage, and it is famous for its gigantic shimenawa rope.