Chugoku region recommended drive course

⑦Matsue and Izumo area

Driving course for Yasuki~Matsue~Izumo
The first day
The staying hours:Approx.1 hr.30min.
The museum houses the biggest number of masterpieces of Taikan Yokoyama, a prominent painter of modern Japanese paintings.
It is also famous for spacious gardens. It is consecutively ranked as Japan’s most beautiful garden in the American Journal of Japanese Gardening.
Approx. 30 min.
The staying hours:Approx.40min.
The shrine dedicated to a couple of Susano-no-mikoto and Inada-hime-no-mikoto is believed to have the power of match making.
The pond located at the end of the compound is a popular spot among young women, as it is said that they can predict how fast their love progresses by measuring the speed of paper with a coin on top sinking in the water.
Approx. 20min.
The staying hours:Approx.2 hr.
This is one of the twelve castles whose original donjon still exists. Additionally, it is one of the five castles designated as national treasure.
The view of the townscape and the Lake Shinji seen from the top floor is marvelous.
The castle park is chosen as one of the hundred most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing.
Related information on the vicinity of Matsue Castle
Approx. 20 min.
The second day
The staying hours:Approx.1hr.30min.
At the park for all types of weather, visitors can enjoy colorful flowers all year round, such as begonia and fuchsia. Various species of birds are kept.
You can spend a whole day feeding them, watching flight shows of hawks and falcons and walking with penguins.
Approx. 45 min.
The staying hours:Approx.3 hr. 15min.
The main building designated as a national treasure has Japan’s most ancient style of Shinto structure. Among all the wooden Shinto shrines, it is the biggest. As the enshrined deity is known for match making, people visit from all over Japan to wish for a better relationship with family, lovers and friends and for a better job opportunity. It’s especially popular with young females.
Related information on the vicinity of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine