Top things to do in Izumo

Top Choice Shinto Shrine in Izumo

Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha, also known as Izumo Ōyashiro, is perhaps the oldest Shintō shrine in Japan. This shrine, dedicated to Ōkuninushi, god of marriage and bringer of good fortune, is as old as Japanese recorded history – t…
Museum in Izumo

Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

Just to the right of the Izumo Taisha shrine's front gate, this informative museum contains modern exhibits on local history. These include reconstructions of the shrine in its pomp, and recordings of the annual cer…
Religious in Izumo

Kamiari-sai

The 10th month of the lunar calendar is known throughout Japan as Kan-na-zuki (Month without Gods). In Izumo, however, it is known as Kami-ari-zuki (Month with Gods), for this is the month when all the Shintō gods c…
Dumplings in Izumo

Gyōza-ya

At that moment when you think you'll go crazy if you see another Izumo soba restaurant, proceed immediately to this cheap and late-opening station-area eatery specialising in humble gyōza (dumplings): they're fat an…
Museum in Izumo

Izumo Cultural Heritage Museum

This 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 English e…
Izakaya in Izumo

Uosensuisan Izumo-eki Minamiguchi-ten

This hulking seafood izakaya around the corner from the station is always loud and packed – you may have to wait. It'll be worth it if you're a fan of all-you-can-drink plans and seafood done every which way. The su…