Iwami Ginzan Village who’s official name is Omori Town, is located in the Oda mountain of Shimane, a beautiful mountain village famous for its silver. While most silver in the surrounding mines have been extracted, Iwami Ginzan Village is still thriving thanks to its many temples and of course […]

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The terraced rice fields of San-nouji, are the pride and joy of Shimane residents and are considered some of Japan’s best. With about 200 rice paddies stretched out over a hillside landscape 300 meters above sea level, San-nouji terraced rice fields are also a place for people […]

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Built-in 1776 Gohyaku-rakan is located in the silver mining village of Omori in Oda in the Iwami area of shimane. Gohyaku-rakan is a Shingon Buddhist temple designed as a memorial service for all working miners of the silver mines in the area. [...]

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Located in Yamanashi prefecture just 30 minutes away from Mount Fuji, Kai Saruhashi is officially listed as a Place of Scenic Beauty of Japan.  It is also ranked as one of Japan’s three most unique bridges alongside Kintai Bridge and the famous Shinkyo Bridge. [...]

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Suga Shrine, located in Daito-cho in Unnan City, is dedicated to Susanoo, a powerful storm god and his wife Kushinada-hime (also known as Inada-hime) who both settled there after their marriage and the defeat of the Orochi (Yamata No Orochi). Suga Shrine is also known as […]

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Right in the center of Shimane Okuizumo prefectural nature park with it's amazing mountains and forests is the scenic Oni no Shitaburi Gorge. The name Oni-no-shitaburi is derived from the Izumo Fudoki ancient story: “Wani-no-shitaburu”, where a shark fell in love with the goddess of […]

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Today’s video is special as we are giving you the chance to enjoy in its entirety (over 31 minutes) one of Japan's most famous Iwami Kagura plays : Orochi! Literally meaning “Entertaining the gods” Kagura is a sacred Japanese dance and music ritual dedicated to the gods of Shinto […]

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Located in southern Shimane in Tsuwamo, the Taikodani Inari Shrine is one of the five most important inari shrines in Japan. It is said that In 1773, the 7th feudal lord Norisada Kamei, invited the deity spirit from Kyoto’s Fushimi Inari Shrine while building Taikodani Inari Shrine [...]

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The Shimane Arts Center is a nationally prominent facility and the largest in Shimane. Because of its unique design, the Shimane Arts Center received the nickname of "Grand Toit", or "large roof" in French. Indeed the Grand Toit Art Museum is entirely covered by Shimane famous Sekishu tiles […]

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Located near Hamada city, in the southern part of Shimane prefecture, you will find in the beautiful secluded Umikurasan Ryuun Temple. Established 1382 near what was once the Misumi Castle, a district of Hamada city, the Umikurasan Ryuun Temple was later relocated to its actual location in 1441 […]

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Located near Hamada City in Shimane, the Tatamigaura Rock-Flats Beach, also known as Iwami Tatamigaura Beach is a scenic area that was created around 16 million years ago when the seafloor was raised by a powerful earthquake. This beach is also known as Senjojiki or “thousand mats” [...]

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The Bukeyashiki is a traditional samurai residence built after the great fire of 1733.  It is located in the center of Matsue City alongside the moat of Matsue Castle. It was occupied by successive samurai of middle rank status of the Matsue domain, who periodically had to change their residence [...]

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