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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…
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…
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…
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…
Gyōza 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 cheery station-area eatery specialising in humble gyōza: they're fat and juicy, and crisp…