- Must-Visit Attractions Accessible from Izumo Airport -
The origin of Japanese history, "Izumo"
It is a famous mythological area which includes the Izumo Grand Shrine, where the god Ōkuninushi, who is said to have created the country of Japan, is enshrined.
Izumo Grand Shrine
A famous shrine for marriages. It is said that it showers blessings not only on relationships between men and women, but on all types of relationships. The largest "Shimenawa," a rope of interlaced straw, is in "Kagura-dono," with a length of 13.6 m and a weight of 5.2 t. There are many statues of mythical rabbits on the shrine grounds, so try to find them.
There are many cafes and shops selling souvenirs around the Izumo Grand Shrine, and there are also workshops where you can take part in making mini-shimenawa ropes.
The "Inasanohama Beach" is also close by, which is known as a birth place of Japanese mythology. It is a famous spot for sunsets.
The Gakuenji Temple looks beautiful in autumn, when the leaves change their color. It's a must visit spot famous for the best autumn leaves in the San'in region.
Shimane is said to be the birthplace of sake, and has flourishing sake breweries. Try ordering some local sake at hotels or restaurants. "Izumo soba" is one of the big three Japanese soba noodles, with a deep color and rich fragrance which tastes good with Sake. "Nodoguro" the white-flesh high-class fish with fatty meat also pairs excellently with sake. Japanese Black beef "Shimane Wagyu" is also popular.
*As of February 2019.
*All photographs are for illustrative purposes only.
Matsue Castle has remained unchanged since the Edo Period and still sits on the peak of the short Mt. Kamedayama. The castle tower has a magnificent black color and stands around 30 meters tall. It has noble grace and dignity and looks like a bird spreading its wings. If you climb to the top floor you can see a panoramic view of Matsue city. You can also see Lake Shinji below.
"Doors to explore 'NIPPON'", a special program that showcases scenes hand-picked from NHK's "SHIN NIHON FUDOKI", a show that conveys the beautiful scenery and profound culture of Japan, is screened on five TV monitors installed in the departure area of Haneda Airport. Do enjoy the video before you leave Haneda Airport.