Matsue and Izumo Trip~松江・出雲の旅②~





Hello, Kyo

Golden Week is coming to an end, isn’t it? How did you spend your holiday?

Thanks to the good weather, many people gathered at tourist destinations, creating a lively atmosphere wherever you went.

I’d like to get straight to writing the continuation of my travel report.



The main purpose of this trip is to visit Izumo Taisha Shrine, but there are some places I wanted to visit beforehand. These include the Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Hinomisaki Shrine, and Inasa Beach. Hinomisaki is located within the Daisen-Oki National Park. It takes about 20 minutes by car from Izumo Taisha Shrine, but since you can drive while enjoying the beautiful sea view, it may take a little longer if you stop to admire the scenery. I was surprised to see many fishermen when I visited. Since the roads are narrow, it is important to drive with caution.



First, we visited the Hinomisaki Shrine to pray. There were not many worshippers, so we were able to take our time and worship at our own pace. The shrine’s vermilion-lacquered buildings were beautiful, and there was a splendid pine tree on the shrine grounds that created a solemn atmosphere. The Hinomisaki Shrine is known as the “protector of Japan’s night.” The shrine has a hall called the “Hishizunomiya” on its grounds, where the goddess Amaterasu is enshrined. To the right of the palace is the “Kami no Miya,” where the god Susano-o is enshrined. These two shrines are collectively called the Hinomisaki Shrine. Ise Jingu, which is known as the “protector of Japan’s day,” is also famous.




After visiting the Niomigaki Shrine, there was the Niomigaki Lighthouse just a short drive away. This lighthouse is famous for being the tallest in Japan. The outer walls are made of stone, and the inner walls are made of brick. If you’re interested in the structure, be sure to enter and take a tour inside. There are 163 steps to climb to the very top, so it can be a good exercise. Once you reach the observation deck, you will be rewarded with a stunning 360-degree view. You can also see the breeding ground of the Black-tailed Gulls on Keijima Island.


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