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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


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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 225 times

Other Sights


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

4 files, last one added on Dec 08, 2006
Album viewed 125 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


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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 254 times

Lake Shinji 宍道湖


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

8 files, last one added on Dec 08, 2006
Album viewed 129 times

Other Sights


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Matsue has numerous notable sights.

14 files, last one added on Dec 08, 2006
Album viewed 137 times

 

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


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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 91 times

 

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