1. Matsue Castle

    1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue, Shimane 690-0887, Japan
    Explore one of Japan's few remaining original castles, also known as the "black castle" due to its dark exterior. Climb to the top for stunning views of the surrounding area.
  2. Adachi Museum of Art

    320 Furukawa-cho, Yasugi, Shimane 692-0064, Japan
    View a collection of modern Japanese art and stroll through the museum's beautiful gardens, which have been named the best in Japan for 16 consecutive years.
  3. Izumo Taisha Shrine

    195 Taishacho, Izumo, Shimane 699-0701, Japan
    Visit one of the oldest and most important Shinto shrines in Japan, dedicated to the god of marriage and relationships. The shrine's impressive main hall is the largest of its kind in Japan.
  4. Matsue Vogel Park

    105-1 Kitahoricho, Matsue, Shimane 690-0024, Japan
    Admire a variety of birds and flowers in this indoor and outdoor park. Highlights include a butterfly house and a bird show featuring trained birds of prey.
  5. Masuda-Oki National Park

    Japan, 〒698-0045 Shimane, Masuda, Higashitsuwacho, 2 Chome−1
    Explore this scenic national park, which includes the breathtaking Oki Islands and the rugged coastline of the Sea of Japan. Activities include hiking, camping, and fishing.
  6. Matsue History Museum

    1-5-1 Chidoricho, Matsue, Shimane 690-0044, Japan
    Learn about the history and culture of Matsue and Shimane Prefecture through a variety of exhibits, including artifacts from the region's ancient Izumo culture.
  7. Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

    1295-2 Tamayucho Miyata, Izumo, Shimane 699-0701, Japan
    Discover the mysteries of the ancient Izumo culture, which flourished in Shimane Prefecture over 2,000 years ago. The museum's main attraction is a replica of an ancient Izumo-style house.
  8. Akimatsuri Festival

    Unnan, Shimane 699-5601, Japan
    Join in the lively festivities of this annual autumn festival, which features traditional music, dancing, and food. The highlight of the festival is a parade of ornately decorated floats.
  9. Shimane Winery

    1454-1 Shingaki, Izumo, Shimane 699-0716, Japan
    Taste a variety of wines made from locally grown grapes at this winery, which offers tours and tastings. The winery's restaurant also serves delicious Italian cuisine.
  10. Matsue English Garden

    1-5-1 Chidoricho, Matsue, Shimane 690-0044, Japan
    Relax in this peaceful garden, which features a variety of flowers and plants arranged in a traditional English style. The garden also includes a tea house and a pond with koi fish.