Comprising the prefectures of Shimane and Tottori, the secluded San’in area has remained rather pristine as compared to other parts of Japan, allowing it to preserve much of its culture. This spiritual land is home to an abundance of historic shrines and temples while being surrounded by breathtaking nature beauty, making San’in ideal for those seeking the traditional heart of Japan. The nearest airports accessible by foreign travellers are Fukuoka Airport (to Shimane) and Kansai International Airport (to Tottori).Learn more about  SAN’IN
With the Discover Another Japan Pass which is an affordable attraction pass, you easily gain access into sightseeing spots including museums, flower parks, historic sites, pleasure boat rides, and more, all around San’in - with discounts to some of the featured facilities and spots. Available via an app, the pass which you can purchase in advance is linked to Google Maps to provide you with the convenience in making your journey a smooth-sailing one. There are different pass options, including those ranging from 1 to 7 days.
The rolling Tottori Sand Dunes of East San'in are a magnet for unique activities including camel-riding and sandboarding, while kayaking along the Uradome Coast offers you the chance to admire the beauty of the San’in Geopark. Along the coast in Tottori City, savour some freshly-caught seafood at Karoichi Market. At Misasa Onsen, soak your worries away in its radon-rich waters - said to have healing effects - and nostalgic atmosphere. At night, enjoy an unending canvas of starry skies at various locations like the Tottori Sand Dunes and Saji Town.
Home to most of San’in’s population, Central San’in is anchored by two popular destinations: Matsue City, the lakefront “water city” that is home to one of Japan’s 12 original castles, and Izumo, where the most ancient and revered Shinto shrine of Izumo Taisha stands. The rich tradition of tatara steelmaking necessary for samurai swords is also concentrated in this specific area. Mt. Daisen draws in outdoorsy visitors for its breathtaking nature, while the coastline is famous for its hauls of Matsuba crab.
The coast of West San’in is lined with former castle towns and samurai districts, like Hamada Town with its bustling fish market, Masuda, and Tsuwano Town which is home to Taikodani Inari Shrine with its intriguing torii tunnel. The rich tradition of Iwami Kagura masked dance is regularly performed in the Iwami region, while traditional papermaking techniques have been preserved here. Relax at the end of the day at Mimata Onsen, one of the many hot spring resorts here said to beautify your skin after a soak.
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