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Area Distribution : Shimane

Sightseeing guide: Shimane

Shimane (島根) Prefecture belong to Chugoku region. It is also considered as Sanin Region. all north side of Shimane Prefecture are face to Sea of Japan. Therefore, it has great seafood. Shimane is also very important place for the history of Japan and Japanese Myth. The grand shrine of Izumo is the most important shrine in Japan. Moreover, there are many Japanese Myth related spots. Another historic site is Matsue Castle and Iwami Silver Mining. Matsue Castle is one of 12 existent remaining castles, and Iwami Silver Mining is designated as UNESCO World Heritage site. Southern Shimane has rich nature with beautiful mountain.

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Izumo is one of the most important place in Japan. It is considered as the land of Japanese god. The history of Izumo goes back to the period of Japanese Myth. Not only the grand Shrine of Izumo, but also there are many related spots of Japanese Myth in Izumo. Many places are appeared in "Nihonshoki." Also, Matue has a real castle. Matsue Castle is one of 12 existent remaining castles, and it has also Samurai House. So, there are many middle age historic site as well. North side of this area has Sea of Japan, and south side is Chugoku Mountains. Moreover, it surrounds Lake Shinji, so there are many nature spots as well.

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