Things to do in Shimane Prefecture

Our most recommended things to do in Shimane Prefecture

Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

1. Hiroshima & Miyajima Island Private Guided Tour

Discover Hiroshima and Miyajima Island on a fully customizable private tour. Choose what you would like to experience, what time you would like to start your tour, and the local partner will arrange a tour to suit you. Start your day by meeting your guide at your hotel, then choose to sites you wish to visit depending on your interests. Example 6-hour Itinerary: Meet your guide at your hotel in Hiroshima and first visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. See the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known today as the Atomic Bomb Dome, which was one of the very few buildings that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Today, the building serves as a memorial to the victims of the bombing, and as a symbol of international peace. Visit the onsite Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and learn more about the bombing. See poignant artifacts from the time of the atomic explosion on display, as well as various educational exhibits. Afterward, take the ferry to Miyajima island. Take a walking tour of the picturesque island and visit Itsukushima Shrine. This shrine is famous for the mysterious floating red torii gate that stands in the middle of the sea.

Matsue: Private Customized Tour with Izumo Taisha Shrine

2. Matsue: Private Customized Tour with Izumo Taisha Shrine

Explore Matsue and the famous Izumo Taisha Shrine in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture. It sits on the southwestern portion of Japan's main island of Honshu and is the perfect spot to visit if you're looking for an off-the-beaten-track travel experience. Often overlooked by visitors in favor of more well-known destinations, the region has culture, nature, and history by the bucketload – and all without the large crowds. You can customize your itinerary according to the places you want to visit. See some suggestions below. Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine is one of the most important shrines in Japan. It is considered the oldest shrine in Japan, dating back to the early 700s. According to the myth, the gods around Japan all gathered at this shrine once a year to conduct meetings. Nowadays many visitors from all over the country come to pay a visit, hoping for good fortune when the meetings occur. Adachi Museum of Art is known all over the world for its garden boasting an uncommon beauty. In addition to the various attractions of the garden, you can see the works of master Japanese painter Taikan Yokoyama, and other masterpieces of pottery. Matsue Castle is a national treasure with over 400 years of history. You can view the surviving castle tower which is a rare sight in Japan. The area has been selected as one of the top 100 places in the country to view the cherry blossom, which occurs in the first half of April. Other popular places you could visit on this tour include the Adachi Museum of Art, Shinji Lake, Matsue Vogel Park, and Matsue Castle Town.

Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

3. Hiroshima Cycling Peace Tour with Local Guide

In Hiroshima City, there are many heritage sites in the suburbs in addition to the Peace Memorial Park, each with a story connected to the atomic bombing. While at the heritage site of the bombing, we will introduce you to the power of the atomic bomb and the situation at the time. 70 years after the war, the destroyed Hiroshima has been dramatically revitalized, and now you can see it full of greenery. You can get a real sense of it through your own eyes, and cycling is the best way to do that. With the guidance of our local staff, who grew up in the city, come and experience the real Hiroshima that you can't experience through photos and books. <About the route> [11:00 / 15:00] Meeting up [11:05/15:05] Peace Memorial Park What is the Peace Memorial Park? Learn about the memories contained in the monuments and the Atomic Bomb Dome and what happened 70 years ago. [11:30/15:30] Sendamachi, Miyukibashi Bridge, Kyobashi River, etc. The guide will show you the actual townscape of Hiroshima in the suburbs away from the touristic area. You will find beautiful Hiroshima vigorously revived from the tremendous damages by the atomic bombing while visiting numerous A-bomb heritage sites and listening to the episodes handed down in Hiroshima. [13:00/ 17:00] The tour finishes at the meeting point. *You will be given data of the photos taken on the day. *If you wish, we can also guide you to the Atomic Bomb Museum. (Additional hour, plus 1,000 yen cash payment on the day. Not possible when combined with other guests, only from 11:00 to 13:00) *The timetable may change depending on the situation on the day.

Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

4. Miyajima: Cultural Experience in a Kimono

Enter Tokujuji Temple and have a traditional Japanese cultural experience, combining your choice of a tea ceremony, calligraphy lesson, or both, all while wearing traditional Japanese dress. During the calligraphy lesson, you'll learn about the tools used and how to draw the lines with step-by-step instructions. You'll have plenty of time to practice one or more of the Kanji, Chinese Characters, to draw. While you practice, your instructor will make a sample of your name. Once you have practiced the Kanji, practice how to draw your name in Japanese, either in Hiragana or Katakana. Select the best of your work and sign it and stamp it. It will be put into a cylinder to take home. The tea ceremony has 5 steps. First, the tea master will bring in the tools. Then, they will purify the tools, make the tea, clean the tools, and take everything back to the Mizuya, backyard. Enjoy sweets and matcha tea. Learn how to drink the tea in the correct manner and how to make the tea. Take a walk in the beautiful Japanese garden and have pictures taken.

Japan: Unlimited Pocket WiFi-Kansai International Airport

5. Japan: Unlimited Pocket WiFi-Kansai International Airport

Access the internet all the time in Japan with our unlimited 4G LTE pocket WiFi! No more hassle of looking for free public WiFi spots or staying out of the internet connection. Enjoy safe access, simple to use, and easy pick-up/return by Ninja WiFi. It can connect five devices at the same time. You can share it with people you are traveling with and your multiple devices. Pick up at our counter located at Kansai International Airport, and you can access the internet as soon as you arrive in Japan. Return is also easy. You can drop it off at our counter at major international airports in Japan or mail it back. Make your experience in Japan much more convenient with WiFi on the go! Get a plan that suits you; the choices of flexible plans from 5 to 30 days.

Hiroshima: World Heritage Sightseeing Bus Tour with Lunch

6. Hiroshima: World Heritage Sightseeing Bus Tour with Lunch

Embark the bus in the morning at Hiroshima Station and head towards Hiroshima Castle. Pass by the re-built castle and be inspired by its beauty.  Arrive at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and visit the Atomic Bomb Dome. Explore this world heritage site following a visit to Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.  Pass by the former Army Clothing Depot and listen to the background stories coming from the audio guide.  Leaving Hiroshima on a high-speed boat you can marvel at the Seto Inland Sea coastline, Miyajima Port and Miyajima. Depending on the traffic you will have some free time in Miyajima. Enjoy your time and visit Itsukushima Shrine or watch the floating gate. If you are lucky you might be able to walk through it.  Get up close to friendly deer which were considered sacred messengers from the gods.  You will be back at Hiroshima Station in the afternoon around 4:30 PM.

Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

7. Hiroshima: Private Half-Day Miyajima Tour

Start your tour by meeting your guide at your hotel. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Begin the tour with a ferry ride to Miyajima Island, which offers great views of the Seto Inland Sea. Once on the island, visit the floating Itsukushima Shrine and the oldest temple in Miyajima, Daisho-in, built by one of Japan’s most famous monks. Cherry blossoms in spring add to the magic of these well-known temple sites. Next, stop for a break at Gallery Miyazato. This local establishment serves up traditional Japanese sweets like the famous Momiji Manju, perfect for a refuel. Momijidani Park and its 200 maple trees await exploring next, and then Mount Misen, the most sacred place in Miyajima.  Next stop is Rekaido, where you can see the home of the eternal flame, said to have been burning for 1200 years. Finally, you’ll head to the most famous Okonomiyaki restaurant in Miyajima, where you can buy lunch or dinner.

Hiroshima Private Day Tour

8. Hiroshima Private Day Tour

At 10:00 you'll be picked up at your hotel or railway station or sea port. Star your tour with an English-speaking driver. Visit Itsukushma Shine in Miyajima Island by ferry boat. The floating gate on the sea water is a must see. You'll admire food streets stretching from the shrine that are full of fresh and unique local products. The car will take you back to Hiroshima city center. Here you visit the Peace Memorial Park. Hiroshima is the first city suffered from atomic bomb, and the museum shows what happened after the bombing and how the city recovered. The tour continues to Hiroshima Castle, which keeps the original shape of a Japanese warrior castle, once the residence of the leader of samurai. At 16:00 you'll be dropped off at your hotel or railway station or sea port. 

Hiroshima: Private, All-Inclusive Food and Culture Immersion

9. Hiroshima: Private, All-Inclusive Food and Culture Immersion

Dive into the best of Hiroshima's food and casual nightlife scene. See the way locals enjoy a night out on the town and get a feel for the delicious food in the area. You're sure to have fun as you learn about Hiroshima and meet some interesting local personalities along the way.  Enjoy up to three alcoholic drinks included with this tour. Alternatively, non-alcoholic options are available as well. But the main event is the food. Enjoy dish after dish of deliciousness. Fresh seafood, tempura, grilled items, steamed items, slow-simmered items, and more. You're sure to try something new and exciting on this culinary adventure.  At least ten different dishes will be served over the course of the evening. If you've got eating restrictions or preferences, the local partner will do their best to accommodate these, so just let them know. The three restaurant stops will all or partially be 'tachinomi,' which is a place where you stand at a counter or table and socialize, all the while enjoying small plates of food, tapas style. Usually at least one stop is seated, but you'll likely spend less than 30 minutes at each stop, keeping the night fresh and exciting. By the end of the night, you'll feel like a local and will also be well versed in food, drink, and nightlife.

Japan: Unlimited WiFi : Haneda Airport Ninja WiFi Counter

10. Japan: Unlimited WiFi : Haneda Airport Ninja WiFi Counter

Access the internet all the time in Japan with our unlimited 4G LTE pocket WiFi! No more hassle of looking for free public WiFi spots or staying out of the internet connection. Enjoy safe access, simple to use, and easy pick-up/return by Ninja WiFi. It can connect five devices at the same time. You can share it with people you are traveling with and your multiple devices. Pick up at our counter located at Haneda International Airport. You can access the internet as soon as you arrive in Japan. Return is also easy. You can drop it off at our counter at major international airports in Japan. Make your experience in Japan much more convenient with WiFi on the go! Get a plan that suits you; the choices of flexible plans from 5 to 30 days.

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What people are saying about Shimane Prefecture

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 248 reviews

Everything was handled perfectly. They clarified our date of arrival to our Shibuya hotel (I was originally off by one day on the date of our arrival). The SIM card was waiting for us at our hotel when we arrived. Highly recommend. The card works in our iPhones.

Nora was super well knowledge about everything. She lived in many countries and was so rich all the conversation with her. Also speaks many languages and we can do the tour in Spanish!

Definitely worth it and also absolutely necessary because some don't speak English or often look through maps themselves for where and how they're going

Was the best experience super patient with us for two people who know no Japanese. Really enjoyed and defiantly worth it.

Definitely worth it if your visiting areas like Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Hiroshima!