SHIMANE

Make Your Trip to Shimane Memorable at This Traditional Japanese Guest House

A lot of travelers nowadays opt to search for lodging that is affordable but still has great service. Among the popular choices for them are guest houses. A guest house is a private house that offers accommodations and is quite similar to a bed and breakfast type of lodging. Across Japan, there are various guest…

Visit the Japanese Radish Island which Overflows with Ginseng and Peonies

Daikonjima, which translates to English as Radish Island, is a volcanic island that can be reached by bus from Matsue in Shimane Prefecture. It is extremely famous for two things: Korean ginseng and Japanese peonies. Although the whole island is formed out of volcanos and covered with ash, it has been known for agriculture since…

Discover the Hidden Paradise That Is Oki Islands in Shimane Prefecture!

There are so many hidden places worth discovering in Japan. Some of these are uninhabited while others are inhabited. The Oki Islands off the coast of Shimane Prefecture is a combination of both. About 20,000 people live in the place with several other animals such as horses, cows, and Japanese raccoon dogs. Let’s dig deeper…

See the Largest Hourglass in the World in the Nima Sand Museum

Would you like to see the largest hourglass in the world? You can find it at the Nima Sand Museum of Oda, Shimane Prefecture in Japan (not too far from Hiroshima). It is a museum featuring the sand of the nearby Kotogahama beach, which is popular for the sound made by the sand on the…

6 Hot Spots in Matsue including an Untouched Traditional Castle and Samurai House!

Matsue(松江) is the capital of the Shimane Prefecture on the sea coast of Japan with an estimated population of 207,000. It is located on Okashi River, which is situated between Lake Shinji and Lake Nakanoumi. As there is a network of canals and rivers in Matsue’s cityscape and scenery, it is also called the “water…

Experience the Gardens at the Adachi Museum of Art

Although the name might imply that it is only an art museum, Adachi Museum of Art (足立美術館) is definitely not any ordinary art museum. It has more to offer than meets the eye. In fact, Adachi Museum of Art is widely known for its beautiful Japanese garden, winning the “Best Garden Award” annually since 2003.…

The History and Beauty of Adachi Museum of Art

Everyone knows that there are various styles of art. However, very few people know how to appreciate art’s beauty and emotional power as well as the story behind it. If you’re a passionate artist or, simply, have an appreciation for art, then you will be fascinated to learn about Japan’s Adachi Museum of Art from…

Izumo Taisha: A Beautiful Shrine off the Beaten Path

Izumo-taisha (出雲大社) is one of the oldest and most important shrines in Japan and definitely one you should visit. It receives fewer international visitors in comparison to landmarks in Tokyo and Kyoto, but this shrine is definitely worth the trip. Author’s photo How to Get There Author’s photo Izumo-taisha is located in Izumo, Shimane, and…

Matsue, Alluring Water City of Shimane

With its network of canals, it is not surprising that Matsue (松江), the capital of Shimane (島根), has earned the name as the “Beautiful Water City”. Not a very big city, most of the attraction spots can be reached by bus, boat or just walking. In Matsue city itself, I would recommend doing the following…