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Izumo

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chugoku  /  Shimane Prefecture  /  Izumo
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Things to do: religious sites, historic sites, sightseeing
Nestled in the shadows of the Chugoku Mountains, historic Izumo boasts one of Japan's oldest Shinto shrines. Dubbed the birthplace of Japan, the area features a museum of ancient Izumo, showcasing an extensive collection of ceremonial bronze bells and swords. Other highlights from Izumo sightseeing include its lighthouse, winery, and other cultural museums. Take a pleasant hike in the nearby gorge, and then fill up on the local soba noodles. Plan how to spend your time in Izumo and other destinations in Japan using our Japan vacation builder.
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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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