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Matsue/Izumo Taisha Shrine Full-Day Private Trip with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This value-packed trip with a nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual tour guide is a fantastic and efficient way to explore Eastern Shimane!

Shimane Prefecture 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 path travel experience. Often overlooked by visitors in favor of more well known destinations, the region has culture, nature and history by the bucketload – just without the massive crowds to battle!

Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you!

Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary.
Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.

per adult from

$158

AUD

Duration

6 hours

Pickup

Hotel pickup available

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • Free Photos
    • Hotel Pick up and Drop-off
    • Licensed Local Guide
    What's excluded :
    • Other personal expenses
    • Entrance fee (for yourself)
    • Transportation fee (for yourself and your guide)
    • Lunch
    • Private transportation
    • Entry/Admission - Matsue Castle
    • Entry/Admission - Izumo Taisha Shrine
    • Entry/Admission - Adachi Museum of Art
    • Entry/Admission - Shinji Lake
    • Entry/Admission - Matsue Vogel Park
    • Entry/Admission - Matsue Castle Town
    • Entry/Admission - Yuushien
    • Entry/Admission - Inasanohamajido Park
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Matsue Castle, 1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue 690-0887 Shimane Prefecture

    One of Shimane’s biggest drawcards has to be Matsue Castle. There are various beautiful castles scattered all across Japan, but many of those are restorations – the original structures were destroyed by fires or earthquakes, or demolished by the new Meiji government at the close of the feudal era. Matsue Castle dates back to the early 1600s, and is unique in that it still remains in its original form. For a small admission fee, you can climb up to the top level of the castle itself and get some fantastic views across the city – it's worth every yen!

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Izumo Taisha Shrine, 195 Taishacho Kizukihigashi, Izumo 699-0701 Shimane Prefecture

    If you’re after a significant shrine to visit, you can’t look past Izumo Taisha. Known as one of the oldest and the most important shrines in Japan, it’s a spot that people come to pray for love and good fortune. You’ll hear people clapping four times instead of the usual two when they pray here – it’s for the purpose of clapping once for themselves, and once for their current (or hopeful!) partners. The shrine also sells goshuin, a type of book used to collect stamps from shrines, which makes for a perfect souvenir to carry along throughout your journeys in Japan.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Adachi Museum of Art, 320 Furukawacho, Yasugi 692-0064 Shimane Prefecture

    The Adachi Museum of Art features so much more than just displays of pottery, paintings and hanging scrolls – there are some downright incredible gardens here as well. They’re so well regarded that they win prizes year after year for being the best gardens in all of Japan. In addition to the displays of beautiful artwork and breathtaking nature, there are two charming teahouses on site, where you can enjoy some matcha and Japanese sweets while taking in the surrounding views.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Shinji Lake, Shimane Prefecture

    Lake Shinji comes in at number 7 on the list of Japan’s largest lakes, and is the perfect spot to take in the sunset over Matsue. If you’d like to get out on the water itself to appreciate all of the natural beauty, there are several different boat companies that take passengers out for evening cruises. If you can't plan a visit to the lake to coincide with sunset, never fear – it's still a stunning sight to see no matter the time of day.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Matsue Vogel Park, 52 Ogaki-cho, Matsue 690-0263 Shimane Prefecture

    In one of the world’s largest greenhouses, there’s a garden with several thousand types of begonias, and 800 unusual specimens representing approximately 80 species of the world’s birds. There are also programs in which you can see the birds up close and popular bird shows.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Matsue Castle Town, Tonomachi, Matsue 690-0887 Shimane Prefecture

    If you’re a history buff, checking out Matsue’s Samurai Residences needs to be added to your Shimane itinerary. The residences are situated in close proximity to Matsue Castle, and have been preserved to give you an idea of how some high ranking samurai families would have lived in times gone by. The residences have been under renovation for some time now, but are scheduled to reopen in August 2018.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Yuushien, 1260-2 Yatsukachō Hanyū, Matsue, Shimane 690-1492, Japan

    Touted as one of the best gardens in Japan is Yushien, which has something to enjoy no matter which season you plan to visit. They’re probably most well known for their beautiful springtime peonies, but the gardens are also revered as a spot to enjoy the changing leaves of autumn, known in Japan as koyo. As well as the beauty of nature to enjoy, the grounds also boast several restaurants where you can appreciate the views over a bite to eat.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Inasanohamajido Park, Inasa-2967-3 Taishachō Kizukikita, Izumo, Shimane 699-0702, Japan

    If you want to visit a beach with one of the most unique and beautiful shrines in Japan, heading to Inasanohama Beach is a must. Just a short distance away from Izumo Taisha Shrine, the beach here has a large rock pillar sitting in the water with a shrine atop it. The shrine here is said to be the home of a female sea deity, who keeps a watchful eye over sailors and ensures their safety.

    Duration: 1 hour

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    This special tour will be conducted with a public transportation and cruising taxi as stated in the tour information, NOT including private vehicle. Your guide will pick you up at the meeting point on foot. If you need a private vehicle, please feel free to ask us and we will estimate an additional cost for you.Airports
    • 出雲縁結び空港, Izumo Airport Terminal Building, 2633-1 Hikawachō Okinosu, Izumo, Shimane 699-0551, Japan
    Ports
    • 松江港管理所, 150-7 Higashiasahimachi, Matsue, Shimane 690-0001, Japan
    Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
    Return Detail :
    -
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Infant seats available
    • Service animals allowed
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Near public transportation
    • Stroller accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

15

Organised by Japan Guide Agency

Activity ID: V-92136P199

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