Thursday, December 22, 2016

# Travel ♪ Izumo in Shimane Prefecture - Interesting spots and delicious food in Izumo!

Izumo in Shimane Prefecture 
Interesting spots and delicious food in Izumo

Everyone talks about the famous Izumo Taisha in Shimane Prefecture. It sounds like there is only one interesting spot to see and visit here. But it is WRONG!! There are many other interesting things you can see and do in Shimane Prefecture, especially in Izumo city!

01. Love Taxi (ご縁タクシー)

There are only a few "Love Taxi" in town, so we are very lucky to see one today!! By the way, the fare is the same as the normal taxi, don't worry!

The license plate number is very special indeed. That's because the pronunciation in Japanese means "Good Matchmaking"!!!

More information (Jap.):

02. Old Taisha Station (旧大社駅)

This station was in service from 1912 to 1900. It was the main transportation for people coming to Izumo Taisha Shrine.  The station that you can see today was renovated in 1924.

Just from the interior design, you can see what a traditional train station is like in Japan.

Old Taisha Station (旧大社駅)
Address: 441-3 Kita-araki, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Hours: 09:00 - 17:00
Parking: Available (up to 150 cars)
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

03. Izumo Taisha-mae Station (出雲大社前駅)

If you come to visit Izumo Taisha by train, you will get off at this station.

Izumo Taisha-mae Station (出雲大社前駅)
Address: 1346-9 Kizuki-Minami, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

04. Inasanohama Beach (稲佐の浜)

On the west side of Izumo Taisha (about 1 km away), there is a great place to see the ocean and sunset!

Here, you can see a big rock on the beach, and there is a small torii gate on the rock. It is a shrine of the god protecting the ocean.

Actually this is the last stop of our trip, we are very lucky to see the beautiful sunset here!!

Inasanohama Beach (稲佐の浜)
Address: Inasa, Kizuki-kita, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Homepage (Jap.):
Google Map

Recommended Souvenirs 

01. Limited Starbucks coffee mugs

Just in front of Izumo Taisha, you can find these specially designed coffee mugs at Starbucks. With the love theme, these mugs can be put on top of each other. What's more? Each mug is painted by hands, so all the mugs have different patterns!

Other than red and green colors, white color is available too.

Starbucks coffee mug (Izumo limited item)
Price: 1,600 yen

Starbucks (Izumo Taisha Shop)
Address: 841 Kizuki-minani, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Tel.: 0853-53-8812
Hours: 08:30-18:30

02a. Gods' Salt (神迎の塩)

The salt is made from the sea water of Inasanohama Beach. It is said that the salt can keep you away from bad luck.

There are 6 different packages that you can choose (purple, peach, yellow, lime, grey and green colors).

Price: 900 yen + tax

Product Info (Jap.):

02b. God's salt in cork bottle (神塩コルク瓶)

This is a great souvenir for decorating your desk or shelf. There are 8 colors available.

Green: For health
Purple: For good matchmaking
Red: For popularity
Orange: For work and study
Yellow: For wealth
Clear: For purification
Blue: For luck
Pink: For love

Which one do you want?

Price: 1,300 yen + tax

Product Info (Jap.):

02c. Ayaka Octagonal Small Plate

If you got the gods' salt that we introduced earlier, you should also get these small plate to put the salt on it. There are 5 different colors that you can choose.

Red: For work and health
Blue: For heart healing
Yellow: For wealth
Green: For safety and family
Peach: For love

Price: 400 yen + tax

Product Info (Jap.):

Izumo Kamishio (出雲かみしお)
Address: 838-6 Kizuki-Minami, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Tel.: 0853-53-4140
Hours: 10:00-17:00
Homepage (Jap):
Google Map

Make your own accessories - Esuko (えすこ) DIY Experience!

There are many different kinds of stones that you can choose. Just pick the ones that you like and you are ready to make your own accessory. Staff will guide you through, so don't worry.

Accessory Making Experience
About 20 minutes
Price: From 1,500 yen

Esuko (えすこ)
Address: 841 Kizuki-Minami, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Tel.: 0853-31-4035
Hours: 09:00-16:00
Homepage (Jap):
Google Map

Delicious Food Guide

Famous buckwheat noodles shop - KIZUKI

This is highly recommended by the locals. Their daily made buckwheat noodles are their signature dish.

The way to eat this buckwheat noodles is very special indeed. Usually, you put the noodles into the sauce and eat it. Here, you pour the sauce into the first bowl, then pour the sauce left into the second bowl when you finish the first one. Then do the same to the third bowl. A really unique way to eat the noodles.

3-levels buckwheat noodles (三段割子蕎麥麵)
Price: 750 yen (tax included)

Address: 387-1 Kizuki-Higashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Tel.: 0853-53-6077
Hours: 11:30-14:30 (L.O. 14:00), Closed on Tue. and Fri.
Non-smoking seats only
Parking available
Homepage (Jap):
Google Map

Dessert Shop - Amaemon (甘右衛門)

Since everything is about love and matchmaking in Izumo, you are expected to see food and desserts made in this shape!

(Left) Ginger black tea, 500 yen (tax included)
(Right) Red bean soup with dumplings set, 1,000 yen (tax included)

We ordered this "Autumn Parfait". Look at the gold foil on the chesnut. They are in heart shape!!

Price: 850 yen (tax included)

Amaemon (甘右衛門)
Address: 839-1 Kizuki-Minami, Taisha-cho, Izumo, Shimane
Tel.: 0853-25-8120
Hours: 10:00-18:00 (L.O. 17:30), Closed on Tue.
Google Map

Now you know where to go and eat in Izumo!!

Please also read our earlier sharing on Izumo:

# Travel ♪ Izumo in Shimane Prefecture - The Birthplace of Myths and Legends and The City of Love!

# Travel ♪ Izumo in Shimane Prefecture - The Correct Way to Pray at Izumo Taisha Shrine!!

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