Just west of Matsue, Izumo has one major attraction – the great Izumo Taisha shrine, which ranks with Ise-jingū as one of the most important shrines in Japan. The shrine and surrounding area can be visited as a day trip from Matsue.
Izumo Taisha is 8km northwest of central Izumo. The shrine area is basically one street, lined with eateries and shops, that leads up to the shrine gates. The Ichibata-line Izumo Taisha-mae Station is at the foot of the street.