In the west corner of Honshu Island, there is a land called Shimane, where old Japanese lifestyle and culture are preserved. Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), a writer from Europe, was fascinated by Shimane and wrote many stories about the land. There are no Shinkansen or big theme parks in Shimane. Nevertheless, Shimane still has a mysterious power to heal guests’ hearts.

Photos of the Shimane Prefecture

Priestesses at the Shrine of Izumo Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture = Shuttetstock

Priestesses at the Shrine of Izumo Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture = Shuttetstock

 

Priests at Izumo Shrine Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

Priests at Izumo Shrine Shrine in Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

Inata Jinja in Okuizumo, located in the mountains about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Izumo Taisha Shrine

Inata Jinja in Okuizumo, located in the mountains about 1 hour and 30 minutes by car from Izumo Taisha Shrine

 

Giant Ginkgo Tree in Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture = Pixta

Giant Ginkgo Tree in Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture = Pixta

 

Rice terraces in the Okuizumo region of Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

Rice terraces in the Okuizumo region of Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

Snowy landscape in Okudumo region, Shimane Prefecture = AdobeStock

Snowy landscape in Okudumo region, Shimane Prefecture = AdobeStock

 

Snow scene at Matsue Castle in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

Snow scene at Matsue Castle in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock

 

Children playing on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture = AdobeStock

Children playing on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture = AdobeStock

 

Sunset at Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture

Sunset at Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture

 

Map of the Shimane Prefecture

 

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