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Access to San'in

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This is a trip that will take you around historical and cultural treasures you can only find in the San'in area. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine was the first site to be listed as a World Heritage Site for its industrial heritage. Matsue Castle is a national treasure and has one of only 12 remaining castle towers in Japan. Tatara in Okuizumo is a time-honored iron making technique in Japan that has been recognized as Japanese heritage. Mt. Mitoku features the most dangerous national treasure to see in Japan. Mt. Daisen once flourished as the largest cattle and horse market in Japan.

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Izumo Enmusubi Airport

arrowArrival Time (11:30): Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes by car

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine (World Heritage Center, Ryugenjimabu and Kumagai Family Residence)

Asia’s First Industrial Heritage Site Coexisting with Nature

The remains of this silver mine were listed as a World Heritage Site in 2007. A large amount of silver was mined in the world in the 16th and 17th centuries. Japanese silver accounted for about one third of the total silver produced. A considerable part of this is believed to have been output from Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. Ryugenjimabu is the only horizontal tunnel (mine tunnel entrance) where silver ore was mined to be open to the public. You will be introduced to the full picture of Iwami Ginan Silver Mine with a wealth of materials and dioramas in the World Heritage Center. The Kumagai Family Residence is the most prominent mercantile house that flourished with Iwami Ginzan Mine.

Address Oda-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0854-89-9090 (Oda City Tourist Association)
Website http://www.ginzan-wm.jp/en
Directions Approx. 30 minutes by bus from Odashi Station on the JR San’in Main Line
 

arrowArrival Time (14:40): Approx. 1 hour and 10 minutes by car

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 Number 0853-53-3100
Website http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/?p=4392
Business Hours 06:00 to 20:00
Closed Days Open every day of the year
Directions Approx. 10 minutes on foot from Izumo Taisha-mae Station on the Ichibata Electric Railway
Approx. 20 minutes by bus from JR Izumoshi Station
15 minutes by car from Izumo IC on the San’in Expressway
Approx. 30 minutes by car from Hikawa IC on the San’in Expressway
 

arrowArrival Time (17:00): Approx. 1 hour by car

Accommodation at Tamatsukuri Hot Spring (Watch Iwami Kagura at Dinnertime)

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 Number 0852-62-3300 (Tamatsukuri Hot Spring Branch, Matsue Tourist Association)
Website http://www.visit-matsue.com/discover/south_of_lake_shinji.html
Directions 5 minutes by taxi and 10 minutes by Ichibata Bus from JR Tamatsukuri Onsen Station
7 minutes by car in the Izumo direction via R9 from Matsue Tamatsukuri IC
30 minutes by taxi from Izumo Enmusubi Airport
 

arrowArrival Time (10:00): Approx. 20 minutes by car

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 Number 0852-21-4030
Website http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/?p=649
Business Hours Admission times: 08:30 to 18:30 (April to September) / 08:30 to 17:00 (October to March)
Price Adult: 560 yen / Child: 280 yen / Non-Japanese: 280 yen (Admission fee)
Directions Get off at Matsue-jo (Otemae) after 10 minutes on a Lake Line Bus from JR Matsue Station
Approx. 20 minutes on foot from Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen Station on the Ichibata Electric Railway
5 minutes by bus and 5 minutes on foot from Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen Station on the Ichibata Electric Railway
 

arrowArrival Time (11:30): 10 minutes on foot

Horikawa Sightseeing

Trip by boat on a canal around a castle town

This is a trip on a pleasure boat around the canal of the castle town of Matsue.

Address 507-1 Kuroda-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0852-27-0417
Price Adult: 1,230 yen (Foreigner: 820 yen) / Elementary school student: 610 yen (Foreigner: 410 yen)
 

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Stroll around Samurai Residences

Visit 400 years of history in the castle town of Matsue

You will find the historic townscape of the castle town of Matsue remaining in Shiomi-Nawate. You can catch a glimpse of the lives of samurai in the Edo Period (1603 to 1868) by visiting a samurai residence.

Address 305 Shiomi-Nawate, Kitahori-cho, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0852-22-2243
Closed Days Open every day of the year (Closed for repairs until the end of March 2018)
Price Adult: 300 yen / Child (Elementary and junior high school student): 150 yen
Foreigner: 150 yen (Child: 80 yen)
 

arrowArrival Time (14:45): Approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes by car

Okuizumo Tatara and Sword Hall

Exhibits on Tatara Iron Making and Japanese Swords

This hall features exhibits on the history of tatara iron making since the early modern times, the revived old furnace and Japanese swords made using tamahagane (steel made from iron sand). The Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords is the only organization in Japan to have inherited the ancient Japanese tatara iron making techniques to produce tamahagane that is the raw material for Japanese swords. The Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords revived the furnace in 1977. In addition, you can see Japanese sword tempering performances by the swordsmith Kobayashi who continues to make swords in the local Okuizumo Town. (Sword tempering performance: Second Sunday and fourth Saturday of every month)

Address 1380-1 Yokota, Okuizumo-cho, Nita-gun, Shimane
Telephone Number 0854-52-2770
Business Hours 10:00 to 17:00 (Last admission: 16:30)
Closed Days Monday (The following day if the Monday is a public holiday) and December 28 to January 4
Price Adult: 520 yen / Elementary and junior high school student: 250 yen
Directions 10 minutes on foot from Izumo Yokota Station on the JR Kisuki Line
 

arrowArrival Time (16:30): Approx. 50 minutes by car

Adachi Museum of Art

World Famous Museum of Art with the Best Rated Garden in Japan

Adachi Museum of Art is home to many attractive works. These include a collection of modern Japanese paintings by Yokoyama Taikan, Takeuchi Seiho, Hashimoto Kansetsu, Uemura Shoen and others. There are also contemporary Japanese painting collections and pottery collections by Kitaoji Rosanjin and others. Above all, the Yokoyama Taikan collection is the greatest in Japan in terms of quality and quantity with 120 of his works. The large Japanese garden here is also popular. This is chosen every year as the best garden in Japan in a ranking by an American specialist journal. This garden has also won the only highest three-star rating in the San’in area in the Le Guide Vert Japon Michelin.

Address 320 Furukawa-cho, Yasugi-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0854-28-7111
Website https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/
Business Hours 09:00 to 17:00 (October to March) / 09:00 to 17:30 (April to September)
Closed Days Open every day of the year (There are days on which the Annex is closed)
Price Adult: 2,300 yen / University student: 1,800 yen / High school student: 1,000 yen / Elementary and junior high school student: 500 yen
Directions 20 minutes by free shuttle bus from JR Yasugi Station
15 minutes by taxi from JR Yasugi Station
Approx. 25 minutes by Yellow Bus from JR Yasugi Station
15 minutes by car from Yasugi on the San’in Expressway
 

arrowArrival Time (19:00): Approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes by car
Accommodation at Miasa Hot Spring

Misasa Hot Spring, Hawai Hot Spring, Togo Hot Spring and Sekigane Hot Spring

Nashi-no Hana Hot Spring Village: Leading Attraction of the Central Part of Tottori Prefecture

Nashi-no Hana Hot Spring Village is comprised of four hot springs: Misasa Hot Spring, which is located at the foot of Mt. Mitoku and is one of the world’s leading radon hot springs; Hawai Hot Spring and Togo Hot Spring, which are located on the shore of Lake Togo – one of eight picturesque sights in the San’in area; and Sekigane Hot Spring, which is known as a hot spring of beautiful skin. These are the leading hot springs in the central part of Tottori Prefecture. There are many other highlights in this region. These include the Japanese heritage Mt. Mitoku, the White Wall Storehouses, Detective Conan Avenue and Encho-en – a Chinese-style garden.

Address 2-1-2 Agei-cho, Kurayoshi-shi, Tottori (Tottori Chubu Tourism Promotion Organization)
Telephone Number 0858-24-5024 (Tottori Chubu Tourism Promotion Organization)
Directions Approx. 20 minutes by car from JR Kurayoshi Station
Approx. 60 minutes from Innosho IC on the Chugoku Expressway
Approx. 45 minutes from Yubara IC on the Yonago Expressway
 

arrowArrival Time (10:00): Approx. 10 minutes by car

Mitokusan Sanbutsu Temple Nageire Hall (Japanese Heritage, National Park and National Treasure)

Most Dangerous National Treasure to See in Japan

This is a mountain temple with grounds on Mt. Mitoku at an altitude of 900 meters. There is a legend that Nageire Hall (the inner temple) was thrown down the mountain by En no Gyoja – the founder of Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism). This is a building unlike any other that has been built in a hollow on a steep precipice at a vertical. This has led to the building being listed as a national treasure. In addition, this temple was also listed as Japanese heritage together with Misasa Hot Spring as the “most dangerous national treasure to see in Japan and one of the world’s leading radon hot springs” in 2015. This is also an excellent building in terms of architectural beauty with a gently curved roof and a structure of pillars that support the hall.

Address 1010 Mitoku, Misasa-cho, Tohaku-gun, Tottori
Telephone Number 0858-43-2666
Website http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/806/
Directions Approx. 40 minutes by bus from JR Kurayoshi Station
Approx. 50 minutes by car from Innosho IC on the Chugoku Expressway
Approx. 50 minutes by car from Yubara IC on the Yonago Expressway
 

arrowArrival Time (13:30): Approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes by car

Mt. Daisen National Park

Daisen Temple Boasting a History of 1,300 Years

This is the highest peak in the Chugoku region. Mt. Daisen is also called “Hoki Fuji” because of its beautiful appearance. This mountain will fascinate you with various appearances: fresh green leaves from spring to summer, red leaves in fall and snow in winter.
Daisen Temple is an ancient temple in the Tendai sect located on Mt. Daisen. This area enjoyed great prosperity to rival that of Mt. Hiei or Mt. Koya as a large training dojo since the Heian period (794 to 1185). The area at the foot of Mt. Daisen centered on Daisen Temple was listed as Japanese heritage as “one of Japan’s largest horse and cattle markets developed by the Ksitigarbha faith” in 2016.

Address Daisen, Daisen-cho, Saihaku-gun, Tottori
Telephone Number 0859-52-2502 (Daisen Tourist Information Center)
Website http://www.tottori-tour.jp/en/sightseeing/855/
Directions [Daisen Temple direction] Approx. 15 minutes by car on Daisen Kanko Road from Yonago IC on the Yonago Expressway
Get off at Daisen-ji after approx. 50 minutes on a bus from JR Yonago Station
[Masumizu direction] Approx. 15 minutes by car from Mizoguchi IC on the Yonago Expressway
 

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Yonago Kitaro Airport

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