If you want to enjoy calm and old-fashioned Japan, I recommend traveling in San’in (山陰). San-in is an area on the Sea of Japan side of western Honshu. Especially Matsue and Izumo in Shimane Prefecture are wonderful. Now let’s start a virtual trip to San’in!

Photos of San’in

Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane = Shutterstock

Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane = Shutterstock

 

Mt. Daisen, Tottori Prefecture = Shutterstock

Mt. Daisen, Tottori Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

Adachi Museum famous for its beautiful Japanese garden = Shutterstock

Adachi Museum famous for its beautiful Japanese garden = Shutterstock

 

Matsue Castle, built in 1607, Shimane = Shutterstock

Matsue Castle, built in 1607, Shimane = Shutterstock

 

Samurai helmet displayed at Matsue Castle, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

Samurai helmet displayed at Matsue Castle, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

A boat for exploring the moat of Matsue Castle, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

A boat for exploring the moat of Matsue Castle, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

Lake Shinji sunset, Shimane = Shutterstock

Lake Shinji sunset, Shimane = Shutterstock

 

Izumo Taisha Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane = Shutterstock

Izumo Taisha Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane = Shutterstock

 

Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane = Shutterstock

Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane = Shutterstock

 

Inasa-no Hama (Inasa Beach), 1km west of Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

Inasa-no Hama (Inasa Beach), 1km west of Izumo Taisha Shrine, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

Map of Izumo Taisha Shrine

 

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