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Izumo 出雲市Pictures of Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, famous for Izumo Taisha Shrine.
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Izumo Taisha 出雲大社


Izumo Taisha is one of Japan's Top Three famous and most important Shinto shrines (other two are Ise Jingu in Mie Prefecture and Atsuta Shrine in Nagoya, Aichi). The shrine's real name is Izumo Oyashiro. Izumo Taisha worships Okuninushi (大国主大神), the Shinto god of marriage and Kotoamatsukami, the very first Shinto gods born in heaven even before Japan was created.

159 files, last one added on Feb 08, 2018
Album viewed 286 times

Other Sights


Izumo has a coastline, a gorge, and other sights.

4 files, last one added on Dec 08, 2006
Album viewed 134 times

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Matsue 松江市Pictures of Matsue, the capital city of Shimane Prefecture.
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Matsue Castle 松江城


Built in 1611, Matsue Castle is Japan's latest and fifth castle whose main tower tower has been designated as a National Treasure (on July 8, 2015). Amid a complex of moats, stone walls, and reconstructed turrets, the main castle tower largely retains its original 17th-century construction and stands five stories high. One of the San'in Region's major sights and one of the best castles along the Sea of Japan coast. Easily accessible by a short bus ride from JR Matsue Station. (This album shows over 250 photos of the castle.)

249 files, last one added on Feb 06, 2018
Album viewed 311 times

Lake Shinji 宍道湖


Famous for spectacular sunsets, but didn't see it when I was there.

8 files, last one added on Dec 08, 2006
Album viewed 136 times

Other Sights


Matsue has numerous notable sights.

14 files, last one added on Dec 08, 2006
Album viewed 145 times


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Tsuwano 津和野町Pictures of Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture.
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Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine 太皷谷稲成神社


Nicknamed Tsuwano O-Inarisan, Taikodani Inari Jinja is one of Japan's Top Five Inari shrines noted for many vermillion torii gates along the path to the shrine. Almost like a sister shrine to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto. The shrine worships Uka-no-Mitama, a deity associated with food and agriculture, and the goddess Izanami. It is Shimane Prefecture's second most popular shrine after Izumo Taisha. About a 20-min. walk from JR Tsuwano Station.

82 files, last one added on Feb 15, 2018
Album viewed 157 times

Central Tsuwano 津和野の散歩


From JR Tsuwano Station, it is a pleasant walk to some notable sights besides Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine. They include Tono-machi road with traditional buildings, Tsuwano Catholic Church, Mori Ogai's birth home, Shisei Kuwabara Photographics Museum, and Anno Art Museum.

93 files, last one added on Aug 02, 2018
Album viewed 10 times

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