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An English guide to the
beautiful Iwami region of JapanIwami is in the western part of Shimane, a rural prefecture on the Sea of Japan,
geographically remote from the larger cities, and cut off from the nearest major city
of Hiroshima by the Chugoku mountain range. This is old, rural Japan.


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From noodle making, traditional weaving, throwing pottery, rice planting, or risking your life on a wild boar hunt.

Birthplace of Ogai Mori Ogai Mori was born in 1862 in Tsuwano. He held various jobs such as army surgeon, novelist, translator, critic, and play...(read more)
Hot Spring after skiing? There are some nice places for onsen near Osa Ski Resort. The nearest onsens are at Kinta no sato and Geiho...(read more)
Iwami Silver Mine Museum The museum was built as a local government office in the Meiji era (1902). It's a large traditional house and exhibi...(read more)
Cafe Kamyu in Sekisyo Art Museum When you enter Sekisyo Art Museum, turn left and you'll find a cozy cafe at the end of the passage. The wooden tabl...(read more)
Arifuku Arifuku onsen or hot spring is a small village, just a collection of streets really, lined with retro hot sp...(read more)
Iwami Kagura Costumes Atelier Iwami Kagura’s costumes atelier ~ Kagura shop “Kuwanoki” First, I’d like to explain about Iwa...(read more)
Yunotsu Onsen summer festival (Yunotsu Hotsprings summer festival) You can see a lot of fireworks at the sea short. Some of them are even set off from a boat. (Water fireworks) Water...(read more)
Hot spring in Kanagi city There are many hot springs in Shimane prefecture. Here I will introduce two hot spring resorts. Kintanosato (きんたの里) T...(read more)
Mounted Archery (Yabusame) [Washihara Hachiman Yabusame field] Yabusame is a traditional Japanese art, exercise and ceremony which...(read more)
Art workshops At Sekisho Art Museum they hold regular art workshops. You can learn how to paint, sketch, and make things. Of course, i...(read more)
Mimata Hot Spring Kokumin Hoyou Center
Mimata Hot Spring Kokumin Hoyou Center Mimata is the one of the most famous hot springs in Shimane. It has been used for over 150 years. It is claimed that t...(read more)
Yamabuki Green Farm Yamabuki Green Farm in the remote village of Muikaichi has a beautiful garden. In fall, it is full of sunflowers, and in...(read more)



Restaurant & Cafe

Everything from freshly caught seafood to organic buffets, freshly ground coffee, and wild boar meat.

Akebono Shokudo Akebono Shokudo is a typical little restaurant in Gotsu. It’s the kind of place where the local people eat. You ca...(read more)
Viewline Viewline is the University of Shimane’s restaurant. You can have yummy set lunch, like Nabeyaki-Udon set (Udon Noo...(read more)
Restaurant FUKINOTOU Restaurant FUKINOTOU ~ in Kinta no sato ~ Place: Shitijou イ980-1, Kanagi-tyo, Hamada, Shimane. ( 島根県浜田市金城町七条イ980-1 ) ...(read more)
Ani no kitchen "Ani no kitchen"has varied menus and you can enjoy eating fish or meat, tempura and so on. Not onl...(read more)
Shinyu Café Kuranojo Shinyu Café is located right next to Yakushi-yu, which is a famous hot spring in Yunotsu. The building itself ...(read more)
Hotel Matsuo Hotel Matsuo offers traditional Japanese dishes, using Hamada's localingredients. You can enjoy Japanese tr...(read more)
Dosanko (noodle restaurant) West of Hamada, there is a ramen restaurant called “Dosanko”. This restaurant is a chain shop, so there ar...(read more)
Takohatsu restaurant Takohatu dining room (たこ初食堂) is located near Lawson, a convenience store, Lawson, in the Kataniwa area of Hamada. You ca...(read more)
Nono “Nono” (能濃) is located about 2 minutes on foot from Tsuwano station. It is a restaurant, whi...(read more)
Pino Rosso 3 minutes on foot from JR Tsuwano station is a nice little Italian restaurant, Pinorosso. which also sells cake and serv...(read more)
Isaribi -Hamada Station Hotel- Hamagochi project - Isaribi – Hamada faces the Sea of Japan, so local residents can enjoy various fresh fish. Som...(read more)
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Kaede Gelato Kaede Gelato(楓ジェラート)is an Italian gelato shop located in Misumi. It opened in 2013. You can choose from m...(read more)

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Hike the Chugoku mountain trail, see ancient temples, enjoy green tea in a traditional garden, or photograph terraced rice paddies.

tsuwano church
Tsuwano Catholic Church ○Tsuwano Catholic Church (photo copyright Ojisanjake) There is an interesting church on Tonomachi (殿町) Street in To...(read more)
Hashi Beach This beach is great for swimming and surfing. Unfortunately, it was cloudy on the day we went so our pictures aren'...(read more)
Ikouji Temple and Sesshu Garden Along the route 191, there is an old temple has a tasteful Japanese garden. The temple is called Ikouji and it was ori...(read more)
Hori teien Outside Tsuwano, there is a beautiful oldJapanese building and garden called Hori teien (堀庭園). This area is surrou...(read more)
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Sanbe Sightseeing Chair Lift
Sanbe Sightseeing Chair Lift Anyone can climb Mount Sanbe! Even if you're with little kids or have mobility issues, you can take a chair lift n...(read more)
Taikodani Inari Shrine This is spectacular shrine in the hills above Tsuwano. If you are fit, tackle the ascent from the bottom through hundred...(read more)
Ryuunji (龍雲寺) Ryuunji is a Soto Zen temple. Misumi Nobukane...(read more)
hashi beach
Hashi beach Hashi beach is a very popular beach in the Iwami region. This beach is located in Iwami Seaside Park. From Aquas,...(read more)
Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine Place :〒698-0041 Takatsu Masuda city Shimane This shrine is Takatsu Kakinomoto Shrine, but people who...(read more)
Back Camera
Chairlift and Tonomachi road 【Chair lift / Tsuwano castle ruins (チェアリフト/津和野城址)】 TEL : (0856) 72 – 0376 Ticket : Adult 450&n...(read more)
The Ogawas’ garden of Sesshu The Ogawa family is a famous old Japanese family. It is said that Sesshu built this garden for them when he visited&nb...(read more)

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World Heritage

Iwami boasts both a World Heritage site in the Iwami Silver Mine and an intangible asset, Sekishu hand-made paper.

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Kazenokuni ( paper making experience) In Gotsu city, in the town of Sakurae, there is a nature park and leisure facilities called Kazenokuni. The Kazenokuni c...(read more)
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Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center Iwami Ginzan World Heritage Center You can take a bus here from Oda City station. It takes about 40 minutes. This m...(read more)
Omori Omori is a traditional noodle restaurant in Iwami Silver Mine. There's a retro feel to the building, with its old-fa...(read more)
Iwami Silver Mine Museum The museum was built as a local government office in the Meiji era (1902). It's a large traditional house and exhibi...(read more)
Sekushu-Washi Kaikan Sekishu-Washi Kaikan(石州和紙会館)” is a place where we can experience making washi and learn culture and history of Sek...(read more)
Sekishu-Washi ~Making traditional paper activity~ &...(read more)
Bäckerei Konditorei Hidaka Bäckerei Konditorei Hidaka is not your everyday bakery in Japan. They sell various German-style breads, and they go...(read more)
Okubo Mabu Mine Shaft Tour Although there are at least 600 entrances to the silver mine, only a few are open to the public. Tours to the Okubu min...(read more)
Ryugenji Mabu  Ryugenji Mabu is one of mine shafts which is open to the public. It takes about 40 minutes on foot from Omori bus stop o...(read more)

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