Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Izumo

Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha is also known as Izumo Ōyashiro and is perhaps the oldest Shintō shrine of all. It is second in importance only to Ise-jingū, the home of the sun goddess Amaterasu. This shrine, dedicated to Ōkuninushi,…
Museum in Izumo

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

Just to the right of the Izumo Taisha shrine's front gate, this museum contains exhibits on local history. These include reconstructions of the shrine in its pomp, and recordings of the annual ceremonies held to wel…
Museum in Izumo

Izumo Cultural Heritage Museum

This free cultural museum in the beautifully restored former home of the lords of Izumo, the Ezumi clan, is worth a visit if only to stroll around the pretty Japanese garden. Although there's not much by way of Engl…