Shimane Prefecture

Prefectural capital:Matsue City
Izumo Taisha is one of most ancient and important Shinto shrines in Japan, located in Shimane Prefecture. There are records of Izumo Taisha in oldest ancient chronicles of Japan, the Kojiki, Nihon Shoki and Fudoki. It is dedicated to the god Ōkuninushi (Ōkuninushi-no-mikoto), famous as the Shinto deity of marriage. For this reason, it has attracted many women and couples. The Kagura-den features the largest shimenawa (sacred straw rope) in Japan; it is 13 meters long and weighs around 5 tons. The rope is one of the most easily recognized and distinctive features of Izumo-taisha.

In addition, you should visit Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine which was added to the World Heritage List in 2007. It was the largest silver mine in Japanese history, since the late Sengoku period until the early Edo period were the heyday. Although it has closed, you can see vestiges of those days.

See also
*Prefectures of Japan

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