Shimane

Matsue Castle

The black Castle of Matsue

Matsue Castle is one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan in their original wooden form. It is also known as the black castle due to its dark color. The castle is located near Lake Shinji, surrounded by many canals where tourists can take a memorable boat ride.

Matsue Castle in the Shimane Prefecture of Japan, is one of only 12 remaining medieval castles in their original wooden form The castle was built as a fortress over a period of five years and completed in 1611 CE by the local feudal lord and founder of Matsue City, Yoshiharu Horio The castle is sometimes called the “black castle” after its dark-colored exterior I and my wife, Mani were in Izumo for a few days We were staying at the Dormy Inn Hotel, adjacent to Inzumoshi Station It is a good place to stay if you are touring Izumo The hotel’s proximity to the JR train station is very helpful if you will be
Inasahama Beach

Inasahama Beach

Inasahama is one of the most sacred Japanese beaches located in Japan where Gods are said to have descended to make it their own country on Earth.

Inasa Beach (稲佐の浜) is one of the most sacred Japanese beaches located in Japan It is mentioned several times in Kojiki, said to be the oldest written chronicle in Japan The book written in ancient words and difficult to read even for the Japanese, speaks of ancient Japanese myths and the beginnings of the island nation itself According to the scriptures of the Kojiki, there are said to be 8 million gods The Amatsukami (heavenly gods) were ruled over by Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess & the most important deity of the Shinto religion Amaterasu is the daughter of Izanami and Izanagi who made their daughter ruler of the heaven The Kojiki
Izumo Taisha

Praying for love at Izumo Taisha

Izumo-taisha, officially Izumo Ōyashiro, is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan.

Izumo-taisha, also known as Izumo Ōyashiro, is one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan No record gives the exact date of its establishment, but some of the oldest mythological stories of the country originate at this very place Located in Izumo of Shimane Prefecture, the shrine is dedicated to the god of nation-building, Okuninushi-no-okami, and it is said that, if you visit the shrine, you will have great luck when it comes to your love life and personal relationships How to reach Izumo-taisha I and my wife, Ranita, were staying at the Dormy Inn, just beside the Izumoshi Station Dormy Inn is a
Hinomisaki Shrine

Hinomisaki Shrine

Hinomisaki Shrine is an ancient shrine encircled by a grove of old pine trees near Cape Hino in the Izumo city of Shimane Prefecture. The vermillion-lacquered shrine, described as “Misa Gisha” in the ancient text of the Izumo no Kuni Fudoki, was built in honor of two sibling deities with a prominent presence in Japanese mythology; Amaterasu, goddess of the sun, and her younger sibling Susano, god of storms and the sea.

After spending a beautiful breezy morning at the Hinomisaki lighthouse, we walked down to the Hinomisaki Shrine, which is just about 15 minutes away It was pretty easy following the markers leading towards the shrine Hinomisaki Shrine was built in honor of two deities with a prominent presence in Japanese mythology: Amaterasu, the goddess of the Sun, and Susano, the god of storms and the sea The temple is believed to bring luck in business & travelling The weather had greatly improved and the dark grey clouds had scattered away At the entrance of the shrine grounds a white stone Torii welcomed us into the temple grounds
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse

Exploring the Hinomisaki Lighthouse

Japan’s tallest masonry lighthouse and ranked in the top 100 historic lighthouses in the world, Hinomisaki Lighthouse is one of the unique sites in Shimane Prefecture. Situated in a quaint fishing village overlooking the rugged coastal terrain, this iconic guidepost has been aiding maritime navigation since 1903.

Hinomisaki is a cape at the western-most part of the Shimane Peninsula The Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse, which stands in the corner, boasts to be the highest masonry lighthouse in Japan Situated in a quaint fishing village overlooking the rugged coastal terrain, this iconic guidepost has been aiding maritime navigation since 1903 I and my wife, Ranita, left the hotel at about 10 am in the morning We were staying at the Dormy Inn Hotel, just behind Izumoshi Station It’s a nice place to stay, especially because of its proximity to the train station The Wi-Fi access was pretty good and the room was nice They also provide a Japanese-Western semi-buffet with Izumo Soba for
Sunset at Lake Shinji

Sunset at Lake Shinji

Lake Shinji is a lake in the northeast area of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan. The lake is the seventh largest in Japan, with a circumference of 48 kilometres. It is enclosed by the Shimane Peninsula to the north, and the Izumo and Matsue plains to the west and east respectively.

Lake Shinji is a lake in the northeast area of the Shimane Prefecture in Japan The lake is the seventh-largest in Japan, with a circumference of 48 kilometers It is enclosed by the Shimane Peninsula to the north, and the Izumo and Matsue plains to the west and east respectively We were staying in Nara From Nara, we were traveling to Izumo for a short tour of the heritage city The plan was to stop for a break at Lake Shinji and enjoy the beautiful sunset, it is very popular for Getting to Matsue from Nara In the early morning, I and my wife, Ranita, caught the

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