In association with Shimane Prefectural Government
Located on the western edge of Honshu, Shimane prefecture is perhaps best known for hosting Izumo Taisha, the grand shrine where Japan's millions of kami (gods or spirits) are said to gather every year in mid-autumn. Although not really known as a hot tourist destination – yet, that is – the region is home to far more than just this divine conference centre.
In addition to many historic sights, including the medieval Matsue Castle, the prefecture boasts excellent eats in the form of Shimane wagyu and Izumo soba, superb sake, and a rich cultural heritage. Read on for our guide to the prefecture's best sights, restaurants, shops, bars and hot springs, including Tamatsukuri Onsen, famed for its skin-beautifying powers, and the World Heritage-listed Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine.