Route Romantique: Route of Love

Trip to Find Happiness in Sacred Places for Marriage

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Three days and two nights

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This is a romantic and satisfying course. You will form wonderful relationships and find happiness by touring sacred places for marriage and famous sites in San'in. These include Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, which is famous as being home to the number one god of marriage in Japan; Yaegaki Shrine, where it is very popular to divine your fate with regards to marriage in the Mirror Pond; Hakuto Shrine, the birthplace of the love story in Japan; and Koi-Yamagata Station, one of only four stations in Japan with the word koi (meaning "love" in Japanese) in its name.

START

Izumo Enmusubi Airport

Approx. 40 minutes by car

01

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

Japan's Number One God of Marriage

Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine enshrines Okuninushi who is also famous as the god of marriage. The height of the main shrine is 24 m. However, there is a legend that this was 48 m or 96 m in ancient times. The way to worship at Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine differs to regular shrines; the standard here is to bow twice, clap your hands four times and then bow one more time. The tenth month in Japan’s old calendar is called kannazuki (month with no gods) everywhere in Japan other than Izumo. However, this is called kamiarizuki (month with gods) in Izumo. This is because of the legend that says the gods from all over Japan gather in the Izumo region at this time to hold a meeting about marriage between people.

Address 195 Kizukihigashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane
Telephone 0853-53-3100
Web http://www.izumooyashiro.or.jp/
Hours 06:00 to 20:00

Approx. 10 minutes on foot

02

Shinmon Avenue

Explore the town built around Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine

You will find a variety of shops along the road approaching Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine. You can create fun memories of your trip (e.g. have a meal, buy a souvenir and walk around the town) while visiting Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine.

Address Area around Kizukiminami, Taisha-cho, Izumo-shi
Telephone 0853-53-2298 (Izumo Kankou Association Omotenashi Station)
Web http://www.izumo-kankou.gr.jp/2408
Hours Differs by facility

Approx. 1 hour by car

03

Yaegaki Shrine

Divining the fate of relationships in Mirror Pond is popular

This is the shrine that is said to be the place where Susanoo-no-Mikoto set up a new home with Inatahime after exterminating the eight-headed, eight-tailed serpent. It is popular for young couples to divine the fate of their relationship here by placing a coin in the center of Japanese paper, floating it in the Mirror Pond and then forecasting the progress of their relationship by how it sinks.

Address 227 Sakusa-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone 0852-21-1148
Web http://www.kankou-shimane.com/ja/spot/detail/1050
Hours 09:00 to 17:00

Approx. 20 minutes by car

04

Hakuchogo / Lake Shinji Sunset Cruise

Romantic cruise to watch the sunset over Lake Shinji

You can enjoy a cruise while looking out at Lake Shinji, which symbolizes the city of water Matsue, and the beautiful appearance of the castle town from the Hakucho Lake Shinji pleasure boat. A cruise while watching the sunset over Lake Shinji steeped in the colors of the sun is especially romantic!

Address 150-7 Higashiasahi-machi, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone 0852-24-3218
Web http://hakuchougo.jp/
Hours Refer to the website

Approx. 20 minutes by car (Accommodation in Matsue City)

05

Tamatsukuri Hot Spring

Japan's Oldest Beautiful Skin Hot Spring Called "Hot Water of God

Tamatsukuri Hot Spring is known as one of the oldest hot springs in Japan. The hot water from Tamatsukuri is called “hot water of god” because of its fantastic effects. The hot spring water quality has an especially strong beautiful skin effect. This has made it very popular with women and led to it becoming known as a hot spring for beautiful skin. You will find footbaths, hot spring cosmetic shops, Tamatsukuri Art Box and cafes along the Tamayu River that flows through the hot spring district. In addition, there are many spots connected to marriage and the gods here. These include Tamatsukuriyu Shrine that is popular as a power spot with a wishing stone, Koi Kanai Bridge (Bridge Where You Can Find Love), Kira-Kira Bridge and the Kamisama-no Ouchi (Home of the Gods).

Address Tamatsukuri, Tamayu-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone 0852-62-3300 (Tamatsukuri Hot Spring Branch, Matsue Tourist Association)
Web http://www.tama-onsen.jp/
Hours Differs by facility

Approx. 20 minutes by car

06

Matsue Castle (Horikawa Pleasure Boat and Samurai Residences)

Symbol of the Castle Town of Matsue: Also Called Chidori Castle

This castle was completed in 1611 by Horio Yoshiharu – the founder of Matsue. This is also called “Chidori Castle (Plover Castle)” in contrast to the name of “Shirasagi Castle (White Heron Castle)” for Himeji Castle. The castle is characterized by an unaffected and combat-ready structure in the Momoyama style. This is one of 12 castle towers still existing in Japan. This was listed as a national treasure in 2015. You can see out in all four directions to the streets of Matsue City and Lake Shinji from the top floor of the castle tower. Vestiges of the Edo period (1603 to 1868), such as samurai residences, remain in the area around Matsue Castle. You can take in the atmosphere of the castle town from a pleasure boat that goes around the moat.

Address 1-5 Tono-machi, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone 0852-21-4030
Web http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/?p=649
Hours Admission times: 08:30 to 18:30 (April to September) / 08:30 to 17:00 (October to March)

10 minutes on foot

07

KARAKORO ART & STUDIO (Pink Good Fortune Post)

Taking a photo together with the lucky postbox may bring you happiness!

The former Bank of Japan Matsue Branch Building has been renovated into a combined manufacturing and sales craft shop under the theme of takumi (craftsmanship). Taking a photo together with the lucky postbox may bring you happiness!

Address 43 Tono-machi, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone 0852-20-7000
Web http://www.karakoro-kobo.com/
Hours 9:30 to 18:30

Approx. 40 minutes by car

08

Mizuki Shigeru Road

Town Where You Can Meet GeGeGe no Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko (Mouse Man)

This is a very popular spot in Sakaiminato City – the birthplace of the manga artist Mizuki Shigeru. More than 150 bronze statues of various spirits line the area from in front of Sakaiminato Station to Honcho Arcade. This area is lit up at night, so you can experience a completely different atmosphere to that in the daytime. You will find original pictures of masterpieces, spirit dioramas and more on display in the Mizuki Shigeru Museum. The whole town is a spirit theme park. There is the healing Kappa (mythical water-dwelling creature) Fountain, Yokai (spirit) Shrine where you can try yokai omikuji (spirit fortune slips) and Yokai (spirit) Post where mail stamped with a spirit postmark is delivered.

Address Around Suehiro-cho, Sakaiminato-shi, Tottori
Telephone 0859-47-0121 (Sakaiminato City Tourist Information Center)
Web http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/835/
Hours Differs by facility

Approx. 20 minutes by car (Accommodation in Yonago City)

09

Kaike Hot Spring

Largest Hot Spring Area in San'in Facing the Sea of Japan

This is the largest hot spring area in San’in. It is located at the eastern end of the Yumigahama Peninsula. You can see the beautiful coastline with white sand and green pines facing the Sea of Japan and the highest peak in the Chugoku region called Mt. Daisen in this area. The beginnings of this area are said to lie with the discovery of a hot spring gushing out in the sea by a fisherman 100 years ago. The beach that overlooks the Sea of Japan bustles with sea bathers in summer. Kaike Hot Spring is known as the birthplace of the triathlon in Japan. A triathlon competition is held here every year. This is a salt spring that contains sodium, calcium and chloride.

Address Kaike Onsen, Yonago-shi, Tottori
Telephone 0859-34-2888 (Kaike Onsen Ryokan Kumiai)
Web http://www.kaike-onsen.com/
Hours Differs by facility

Approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes by car

10

Hakuto Shrine and Hakuto Coast (Okinoshima)

Birthplace of Japan's First Love Story

Hakuto Shrine is a shrine with a long and distinguished history that has also been described in the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) and the Nihon-Shoki (The Chronicles of Japan). This shrine was built on Hakuto Coast. This coast is the setting for the Hare of Inaba myth. The hare is said to be the god of marriage who acted as a mediator between Okuninushi and Princess Yakami. Moreover, this area was recognized as “sacred ground for lovers” in 2010 for being the birthplace of Japan’s first love story. Hakuto Coast bustles with activity as a swimming area in summer. It is possible to see Okinoshima, where the hare in the legend came from, offshore.

Address Hakuto, Tottori-shi, Tottori
Telephone 0857-26-0756 (Tottori Convention & Tourism Association)
Web http://www.tottori-guide.jp/tourism/tour/view/21
Hours

Approx. 20 minutes by car

11

Tottori Sand Dunes (Sand Museum)

Japan's Largest Sand Dunes: Leading Attraction of the San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark

These are some of the largest sand dunes in Japan. These dunes are located in the corner of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark in the eastern part of Tottori Prefecture. The fumon (wind patterns) are one of the highlights here. This is a beautiful phenomenon interwoven with nature in which wave patterns are drawn on the entire surface of the sand. There are various ways to have fun here. For example, you can take a stroll while looking out at the sea, take a commemorative photograph of yourself riding a camel, and try paragliding or sandboarding! You will also find the Sand Museum adjacent to these dunes. This is the only museum in the world to display sculptures made from sand. You will surely be impressed by the many magnificent sand sculptures formed with just sand and water.

Address Yuyama, Fukube-cho, Tottori-shi, Tottori
Telephone 0857-22-3318 (Tottori City Tourist Information Center)
Web http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/456/
Hours Weekdays and Sundays: 09:00 to 18:00 / Saturdays: 09:00 to 20:00 (Sand Museum)

Approx. 50 minutes by car

12

Koi-Yamagata Station

One of Only Four Stations with Koi (Love) in Its Name

There are only four train stations in Japan with the word koi (meaning “love” in Japanese) in their name. One of these is located in Chizu Town in Tottori Prefecture. This site was renovated as “the station where you can find love” as part of the Koi Station Project. The benches, pillars and garbage cans in this station are all pink. In fact, the whole station is clad in pink. In addition, the station name plates and platform boarding information signs are in the shape of hearts. The station has also installed a heart monument where you can put up heart-shaped ema (wooden plaques) onto which you can write your wish at the number one boarding location.

Address Ouchi-Jinai, Chizu-cho, Yazu-gun, Tottori
Telephone 0858-75-6600 (Chizu Express Co., Ltd.)
Web http://site5.tori-info.co.jp/p/chizukyu/koigakanau/
Hours

Osaka (Approx. 2 hours by car) , Hiroshima (Approx. 3 hours by car)

Osaka or Hiroshima

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