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The Sunset in the Sacred land of Izumo
Sunset Created by the Gods

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The spectacular sunsets viewed from the coastline of Western Shimane peninsula along the Japan Sea, from places like Inasa no Hama Beach and Cape Hinomisaki, are famously mentioned in Izumo Shinto mythology.
However, very few people are familiar with the ancient shrines along the coastline that honour the sunset such as Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine and Hinomisaki Shrine.
In ancient times, Izumo was considered the sacred place of the setting sun due to its location in the Northwest of the Yamato Kingdom (250-710), where the Japanese Imperial court ruled from present-day Nara Prefecture.
It is believed that the people of Izumo lived in awe and respect of the sunset.

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CULTURAL PROPERTIES

AREA

Izumo City (Shimane Prefecture)

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(Hakubi Line)~JR Yonago Sta.(Sanin Line)~JR Izumo-Shi Sta.(Approx. 6hr30min)
    • JR Shin-Osaka Sta.(Tokaido Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(Hakubi Line)~JR Yonago Sta.(Sanin Line)~JR Izumo-Shi Sta.(Approx. 3hr50min)
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Sanyo Shinkansen)~JR Okayama Sta.(Hakubi Line)~JR Yonago Sta.(Sanin Line)~JR Izumo-Shi Sta.(Approx. 4hr50min)
  • Car
    • From Osaka・Okayama (Chugoku Expressway)~Ochiai JCT(Sanin Expressway)~Yonago JCT~Izumo IC
    • From Fukuoka・Hiroshima (Chugoku Expressway)~Miyoshi-Higashi JCT(Matsue Expressway)~Shinji JCT(Sanin Expressway)~Izumo IC
  • Airplane
    • Haneda Airport~Izumo Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Izumo-City Sta.
    • Osaka(Itami) Airport~Izumo Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Izumo-City Sta.
    • Fukuoka Airport~Izumo Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Izumo-City Sta.
    • Shizuoka Airport~Izumo Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Izumo-City Sta.
    • Sendai Airport~Izumo Airport(Airport Bus)~JR Izumo-City Sta.
  • Express Bus
    • Tokyo~Izumo
    • Osaka~Izumo
    • Kyoto~Izumo
    • Fukuoka~Izumo
    • Okayama~Izumo
    • Hiroshima~Izumo

CONTACT

  • Izumo City Tourism Division
  • TEL:0853-21-6588
  • Izumo City Cultural Properties Division
  • TEL:0853‐21‐6893

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The Sunset in the Sacred land of Izumo

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