©

Shimane Prefecture trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Itinerary Planner
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Shimane Prefecture

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chugoku  /  Shimane Prefecture
(4.1/5 based on 7,000+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, museums, sightseeing
Shimane Prefecture is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. It is divided into the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the West and the Oki Region, a small group of islands off the northern coast. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan.The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Korean: Dokdo(獨島), Japanese: Takeshima(竹島)).HistoryEarly historyThe history of Shimane starts with Japanese mythology. The Shinto god Ōkuninushi was believed to live in Izumo, an old province in Shimane. Izumo Shrine, which is in the city of Izumo, honors the god. At that time, the current Shimane prefecture was divided into three parts: Iwami, Izumo, and Oki. That lasted until the abolition of the han system took place in 1871. During the Nara period, Kakinomoto no Hitomaro read a poem on Shimane's nature when he was sent as the Royal governor.
To arrange what you want to do in Shimane Prefecture, use our Japan itinerary planner.
Source
Create a full itinerary — for free!

Plan your trip to Shimane Prefecture

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plan in the cities

Visit top cities in Shimane Prefecture:
Historic sites, nature, museums
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Historic sites, sightseeing, museums
Visit for: 4 daysStart a plan »
Historic sites, sightseeing, museums
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Museums, historic sites, nightlife
Visit for: 2 daysStart a plan »
Historic sites, sightseeing, museums
Visit for: 1 dayStart a plan »

Recently planned trips to Shimane Prefecture

32 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 20 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Japan BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES April, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SPAIN August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA October, culture, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 29 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans

Inspirock Trip Planner in the News