What to See & Do


Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

Experience Ancient Izumo with Golden Bronze Swords and a Large Temple

The exhibits in this museum include 358 bronze swords (national treasures) from the Koujindani Ruins; 39 bronze vessels (national treasures) from the Kamo Iwakura Ruins, the most excavated from one site in Japan; and an uzu pillar (important cultural property) from the main hall of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine believed to be from the mid-13th century. The reconstructed models of over 200 bronze swords shining in gold and the one-tenth model of the ancient main hall of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine are extremely powerful. You can enjoy myths with an impressive video in the Myth Theater based on the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters) and Izumo-no-Kuni Fudoki (Description of the Climate and Culture of Izumo).

Basic Information
Address 99-4 Kizukihigashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane
Telephone Number 0853-53-8600
Website https://www.izm.ed.jp/
Business Hours 09:00 to 18:00 (March to October) / 09:00 to 17:00 (November to February)
Closed Days Third Tuesday of every month (The following day if that day is a public holiday) - Close from 18 November 2019 to 23 April 2020 -
Price and Admission Adult: 620 yen / University student: 410 yen / Elementary, junior high and high school student: 200 yen)
Directions Approx. 20 minutes by Ichibata Electric Railway from JR Izumoshi Station
Approx. 35 minutes by bus from JR Izumoshi Station