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Izumo Tatara Chronicle
A Thousand Years of Iron

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STORY

The Izumo region in Japan’s Shimane Prefecture is the only place in the world where the flame of the tatara, a traditional iron-smelting furnace, continues to burn.
The region’s iron industry was a sustainable one; the mountains excavated for iron sand were turned into expanses of rice fields, and the charcoal that fueled the furnace was made from trees whose land was reforested.
The iron trade brought literature and goods from all over Japan, fostering a regional culture as brilliant as Kyoto’s.
Today, the Izumo region continues its tradition of iron making, a story begun by its predecessors 1000 years ago.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Shinji Sta.(Kisiki Line)〜JR Kisuki Sta./JR Minari Sta./JR Izumoyokota Sta.(Taxi)
    • JR Yasugi Sta.JR(Local Bus or Taxi)〜Yasugi City
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Izumo Airport/Yonago Airport(Taxi or Car)
  • Express Bus
    • Hiroshima〜Matsue/Izumo

CONTACT

  • Iron Road Culture Promotion Conference
    (Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Division, Unnan City Hall, Shimane)
  • TEL:+81-854-40-1054