Shimane Prefecture Tourism, Japan

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Shimane Prefecture (島根県 Shimane-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūgoku region on the main Honshu island. The capital is Matsue. It is the second least populous prefecture in Japan, after its eastern neighbor Tottori. The prefecture has an area elongated from east to west facing the Chūgoku Mountain Range on the south side and to the Sea of Japan on the north side. It is divided into the Izumo Region in the East, the Iwami Region in the West and the Oki Region, a small group of islands off the northern coast. Most of the cities are near the shoreline of the Sea of Japan. Izumo Taisha in Izumo City is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. The Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan are also part of Shimane Prefecture, which also claims to have jurisdiction over the South Korea-controlled island of Liancourt Rocks (Korean: Dokdo(獨島), Japanese: Takeshima(竹島)).


A place in Japan, Shimane Prefecture is an interesting place to visit, given its unique culture, history and character. A gripping city on its own right, Hiroshima also deserves a visit. Attractions in Hiroshima include Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, Shukkei-en. 1-2 days is an ideal duration of visit to Shimane Prefecture.

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Facts and Stats for Shimane Prefecture*

  • Shimane Prefecture: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Shimane Prefecture for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Shimane Prefecture.

    • Safety walking alone during daylight 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 100 (Very High)
  • Living in Shimane Prefecture - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 100 (Very High)
    • Climate Index 86.13 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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