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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  • 1 field electric train Izumo Taisha-Mae Station and exit, located next to the shrine on foot. I went once ago, was revisited. Unfortunately, it was closed. It is too bad. On the grounds of the hotel I took pictures so dreamy were on heart on ○
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  • Corner all bronze sword unearthed in the Kojin Valley ruins is magnificent. Bronze unearthed in the Kamo iwakura ruins can see them clearly solid.
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  • It is about 15 years prior to Izumo-Taisha Shrine: no facilities. This time, the edge, I visit regularly visits. Quirky exhibits what can you imagine anyone could is a kind explanation by volunteers. Exhibit Description read silently, just still have differences. I figure, the Museum should be like this. Description and strong impression remains in the memory. Also I felt no admission can never be higher. It felt rather cheap. That is not recommended. Volunteer staff members is appreciated.
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  • Pros: The museum has beautiful facilities, and interesting permanent exhibits. (While I was there, I also enjoyed the museum's temporary exhibit on stone-age obsidian-use in Japan.) The museum's staff were also eager to engage, even though we faced a bit of a language-barrier. Con: (**which should be taken with a large grain of salt**) The sometimes lengthy Japanese descriptions under the exhibited pieces were often watered down into a single, vague English sentence, while others weren't explained at all. Additionally, these descriptions weren't always clearly organized. I should add, the museum does have an audio-tour, but I didn't pick it up, because I didn't have time to listen through every exhibit. While I do understand that I shouldn't walk around expecting English everywhere, it seemed to be kind of a shame. Izumo Taisha is such an important part of Japanese spiritual and cultural history, but Shimane prefecture is a bit off the beaten path. I think it would make the museum more approachable (and significantly more rewarding for visitors) if the descriptions were more comprehensivily translated, and better organized.
  • Fantastic museum on the origins of Japan. Free English audio pack. Still pay aytention to the exhibits as there is much more to learn.
  • Great to understand the architecture of the Izumo Shrine, and how are the differences among other Shrines in Japan. Plus the bronze wares found in ancient Izumo, and the fairy tales of the Izumo. Great to spend some time here and the entrance fee has 50% discount for visitors.
  • Very informative and interesting exhibits.
  • This is a great museum and worth a visit. You can see what Izumo has looked like through the ages.
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