Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, Main Shrine (Copyright)Shimane Prefecture Tourism Federation
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine Ryugenji Mabu Mine Shaft(World Heritage Site) (Copyright)Ohda City
Chichi-sugi Japanese Cedar(Oki Islands Global Geopark) (Copyright)Okinoshima Town
Sunset over Shinji-ko Lake (Ramsar Convention Wetland) (Copyright)Matsue City
Okuizumo Minari Park Hockey Field (Copyright)
Shimane Prefecture is situated in the northern region of Western Japan, facing the Sea of Japan. It stretches widely from east to west, with the Oki Islands located north of its shores. The land is blessed with riches both from the Sea of Japan and from the Chugoku mountain range. Shimane has a population of 700,000 people, a size of 6700 square kilometers, and about 33,000,000 tourists a year. It has a total of 19 municipalities made up of 8 cities, 10 towns and 1 village. There are a total of 3 airports located in the east region, west region, and the Oki Islands that provide access to other prefectures, such as Tokyo. There are also buses and trains that provide access to Tokyo, other prefectures, and each area within Shimane.
Shimane Prefecture is a region that has left a prominent mark on Japan’s ancient culture and is home to places that have world-wide appeal as tourism resources such as the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan; Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a registered world heritage site; the Oki Islands, a recognized global geopark; and the Shinji-ko and Nakaumi lakes, which are Ramsar Convention designated wetlands.
Regarding Shimane Prefecture’s sports promotion efforts, Shimane’s sports players have been active in sports events such as national hockey competitions and track and field competitions in the recent years. There are sports facilities such as hockey fields and gymnasiums within the prefecture. Shimane Prefecture also has a professional basketball team and is the home of Kei Nishikori, a tennis player that is competing around the world. Shimane Prefecture Multilingual Tourism Website http://www.kankou-shimane.com/en/ Supported languages: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai