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Shinjiko Lake, Matsue

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#1 of 27 in Nature in Shimane Prefecture
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Visit Shinjiko Lake, an impressive natural feature surrounded by plenty of attractions. The scenery of the lake and surrounding areas can be explored by land or water, with a number of cruise companies offering trips out onto the lake. With a circumference of 47 km (29 mi), the lake represents the seventh largest body of water in the country. A brackish lake where freshwater and saltwater blend together, the lake supports a diverse number of aquatic species, including whitebait, sea bass, eels, and shijimi shellfish. Head to one of the lakeside seafood restaurants to sample dishes made with what are commonly known as the "seven delicacies of Shinji-ko." Using our world travel planner, Matsue attractions like Shinjiko Lake can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Where to stay in Matsue

With its canals, rivers, and lakes central to the look and everyday life of Matsue, many visitors arrive wanting a view of the water. And they're certainly in luck, because the city has placed its primary accommodations up close to the waterways. Traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) sit to the north of the river, while a good number of basic hotels lie to the south. Look around the countryside to the south for clusters of retreats in scenic areas, including traditional ryokan and modern hotels with onsite onsen.
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  • We loved this lake...paired with distant mountains your views are spectacular. In the early morning the water can be so calm and appear as glass....but when the winds come in, the waters can resemble ...  more »
  • We spent four nights in Matsue and it wasn't until the last night that Lake Shinji shareda sunset. Calm, serene, and ih so beautiful.  more »
  • you can take a boat tour or just drive by the highway from matsue to izumo. nice scenery throughout the day.  more »