Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo, Izumo

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Even though of modern design, Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo hosts exhibits about the area's distant past. The collection of artifacts held here includes bronze swords, bells, and clay figurines. The most precious item in the museum is a massive pillar--over a 1 m (39 in) in diameter--which probably supported the main hall of a 13th-century shrine. According to local legend, the wooden shrine stood 48 m (157 ft) tall. To visit Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and other attractions in Izumo, use our Izumo online tour planner .
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  • If facility adjacent to Izumo-Taisha, time to make. Amazed at the various artifacts and continuing to the restored ancient temple model. I want to get into a time machine. Unlike Angkor Wat, pyramids, will inspire the imagination of wooden buildings.
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  • Foreigners with passport got discount. But not sure if this is permanent or for limited time. Discounted price is ¥300 & we can also take a free english audio guide that explains each display. Can eas...  more »
  • Visiting this definitely help you understand Izumo better, worth a visit if you are interested in history Pros: - many different types of exhibit - very friendly and helpful staff even with limited En...  more »
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  • This is a great museum and worth a visit. You can see what Izumo has looked like through the ages.
  • They have discount for foreigner​. Love it
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  • Zenzais in a cafe was really nice
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Hotels in Izumo cluster around the railway station, mostly on the northern side. Get a map at the station for the location and prices of a few inexpensive ryokans and family-operated bed and breakfasts scattered around the city. A number of mid-range business establishments lie in the western part of town and south of the railway station. Capacity in the city is limited, so consider exploring the wider selection of accommodations on the eastern shore of Lake Shinji, some 30 km (18 mi) away from Izumo.
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