A walking tour of Izumo's history

Unesco World Heritage History Culture Experience Beautiful Scenery
11,500 JPY ~ / person
About 4 hours
Language: English

What we'll do

Izumo Taisha Shrine is a Shinto shrine famous for its god of marriage, and it is also known as the place where gods from all over Japan come to congregate. On this tour, in addition to visiting Izumo Taisha Shrine, you can also learn about Izumo's history at the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo. Inasanohama Beach is also the stage for one of Izumo's myths, but it gets crowded by locals and tourists as a swimming area during the summer, so how about you try to visit it as a place to have fun in the summer?

Meeting Place

Details

Price per person
11,500 JPY ~ / person
Max participants
Up to 4 people
Languages
Hosted in English
Things you need to know before the tour

【Things NOT included in the price of the tour】
・Transportation fees (transportation to and from the meeting place, transportation during the tour)
・Food expenses (meals, including drinks, will not be provided)

【Things included in the price of the tour】
・Entrance fees
 -Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo JPY 620

【Other important things to note】
・This tour will be led by a nationally certified guide.
・This tour requires a minimum of two and can accommodate a maximum of four participants.
※Solo travelers wishing to participate in this tour may do so if they pay the fee for two people.
・If the minimum number of participants is not met, the tour may be cancelled.
・Transportation during this tour will likely be on foot.
・Depending on the weather, the order of the stops in the route are subject to change.
・Please make sure to wear clothes that are easy to move in and comfortable shoes.

Route

  1. 1
    Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

    The Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo is located in the Izumo area of Shimane Prefecture, which is the place of origin for many Japanese myths and legends. Izumo is also the site of a number of important ancient Japanese historical discoveries, including the most bronze swords and bells ever excavated at a single site. Some of these bronze artifacts as well as clay figures, authentic manuscripts, and woodblock prints are on display at the museum. Also located nearby is the Izumo Grand Shrine, which is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest, shrine of ancient Japanese Shintoism. The Izumo area is both unique and significant in terms of Japanese history and culture, and the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo is an excellent place for history fans and travelers alike to learn.

  2. 2
    Izumo Taisha Shrine

    Izumo Taisha Shrine is a Unesco World Heritage shrine and one of the leading shrines in Japan. It is also featured prominently in ancient Japanese myths, and you get to learn about its rich history when coming here for a tour. The making of Japanese red seals and charm are popular as the Shrine is known for throning the God of Marriage. It is said that Gods from all over the country gather here in the 10th month of the lunar calendar, and spiritual energy is also said to be stronger.

  3. 3
    Inasanohama Beach

    This is a beach located about 1 kilometer west of Izumo-taisha, Shimane prefecture. It is known as the site of “Kuni-Yuzuri (transfer of the land), “Kuni-Biki” (Pulling the land in), a legend where the gods tied a rope to islands and pulled them together in order to expand the land in ancient Japanese myths. Over on the sandy beach, there is the iconic Bentenjima, which enjoys great popularity and is crowded in the summer as a great swimming area.

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