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
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
Giant Ginkgo Tree in Okuizumo, Shimane Prefecture = Pixta
Rice terraces in the Okuizumo region of Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock
Snowy landscape in Okudumo region, Shimane Prefecture = AdobeStock
Snow scene at Matsue Castle in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture = Shutterstock
Children playing on the shore of Lake Shinji in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture = AdobeStock
Sunset at Lake Shinji in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
Map of the Shimane Prefecture
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