Izumo

A small city of roughly 88,000 people situated in the very picture-esque prefecture of Shimane. Izumo is home to the tallest lighthouse in Asia (Hinomisaki), one of the largest wooden domes in Japan (the Izumo Dome) and most importantly Izumo-Taisha, home of the most important Shinto Shrine in Japan (and second oldest). Izumo is also located near Lake Shinji (the seventh largest lake in Japan). Izumo is famous for it’s soba noodles and special cloth dying process. Located near the capital city of Matsue, Izumo is the perfect blend of country city life and beautiful country views. Travelers feel welcomed here by the very hostpitable Izumo-ites. A definite must-see for any serious Japan traveler.