Blessed with nature and imbued with ancient history and romantic myths, the San'in Region of Japan offers travelers much to explore and discover.
San'in lies on the southwest coast of the main island Honshu, along the Sea of Japan.
The area includes the prefectures of Tottori and Shimane, and the northern part of Yamaguchi.
This land is deeply connected to mythology and it hosts many important temples and shrines, as well as historical sites and breathtaking landscapes.
San'in includes 12 areas that together form the En-no-michi,
a “romantic route” where visitors can find new encounters while discovering nature, culture and history.
Seasons & Climates
Winter is over, a warm breeze is blowing, cherry blossoms are blooming everywhere in San'in. This scenery could be a blazing painting. Spring in San'in is similar to Tokyo's. We recommend you to walk in order to make the best of your visit.
From June until August, the temperature is higher than in Tokyo. The weather is sunny, the blowing wind from the sea bring a refreshing breeze, very pleasant in this coastal area. To get a true experience of the Japanese culture, join some of the summer festivals and the lantern festivals held until the end of the season.
The hot and humid summer is over. It is now much easier to go hiking, enjoying the fresh air, the red leaves coloring the whole region of San'in. Don't forget to visit the castles and the various festivals.
Even though the San'in region is located in the South of Japan, the winter is still rough. Remember to bring everything necessary to face the cold.
"Matsuba Crub" is said to be representative of "a taste of winter" in San'in. When its fishery starts in November, winter is here.
In Spring, there is a drastic change in temperature throughout the day and is chilly during morning and night. In Summer, there are many sunny days and the weather is nice. In Autumn, there are typhoons but the colors of the changing leaves are beautiful. In Winter, it is freezing cold but a magical snowy landscape will spread in front of you.
6 places to Visit
The capital city of Tottori Prefecture, it is widely known for the Tottori Sand Dunes.
Awe-inspiring in their desert-like appearance, they also offer a range of activities from camel riding to surfing down the sands on a sand-board.
The second largest city of Tottori Prefecture, Yonago, is known for its castle ruins.
From here you can take trips to Mount Daisen and Sakaiminato, with the famous Mizuki Shigeru Road featuring characters from the manga series GeGeGe no Kitaro.
Located in Shimane Prefecture is Izumo city. Izumo Taisha, one of Japan's most important shrines, is known as the place where all the gods gather once a year. Here you can learn local history at the Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo and enjoy beautiful sceneries on the Hinomisaki Coast.
Matsue city in Shimane Prefecture features a still intact castle and samurai district. Widely known for its tea culture, it's said to be one of the cities in Japan with the highest consumption of green tea.
In the Iwami region of eastern Shimane Prefecture you can watch Iwami Kagura, a traditional Japanese dance dedicated to the gods and characterized by impressive costumes and a fast tempo. Here you'll also find ancient hot springs and a silver mine. Cut off from the main cities, the Iwami region offers a peek into rural Japan.
In the city of Unnan, Shimane Prefecture, you will find the picturesque little town of Yoshida. Aside from offering a beautifully preserved old townscape, Yoshida is also home to the only preserved iron making furnace in Japan, that was used to produce iron for Japanese swords.
Shopping, Restaurant & Café;
Be sure to bring cash as most places do not accept credit card. Smaller towns may not have 24-hour stores so take care to do any shopping before heading to your hotel. You will find plenty of restaurants and cafés both in the bigger and smaller towns. Especially abundant around stations, they offer many local dishes to try.
For lodging, the availability varies so it is advisable to book well in advance.
Onsen towns like Matsue Shinjiko and Tamatsukuri host many wonderful hotels with hot springs, perfect to refresh after a day of sightseeing. In older areas like Omori, ancient Japanese residences have been restored to accommodate guests, offering a unique lodging experience.
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