Journeys through Japanese legends
Around the time of the Kamiyo period (Japan’s ancient time), there was fierce bargaining among the gods over the control of the Izumo Province, and as a result of consultations, the ruler Okuninushinokami decided to give over the country to the god of Takamanohara, on condition that a large shrine (Izumo Taisha) be erected. The stage for the transfer of Izumo Province in the myth of Izumo is Inasanohama. It is a power spot of Izumo that is intimately involved in the birth of the Izumo Taisha shrine, erected to worship the god Okuninushi.
The Hii-gawa River, deeply associated with the Izumo myth
The Hii-gawa river is mentioned in the Kojiki as the Hikawa river, and in the Izumo-no-Kuni Fudoki as the Izumo no Oikawa river. Funayama, the source of the river, is regarded as the land where Susano-o landed, and in the upstream area there is Hii-jinja Shrine, which is the stage of the slaying of Yamata no Orochi by Susano-o. At one time, the Tatara iron making method was popular in the upstream area of this river. The many “kanna” holes dug in the mountain to collect iron sand create a landscape of unique beauty, where the river bed is higher than the surrounding plains.
Izumo Hinomisaki Lighthouse
This is the tallest stone lighthouse in Japan. By paying an entrance fee and making your way to the upper deck, you can enjoy a scenic landscape of the Sea of Japan, with strange rocks and cliffs, a view that has been selected as one of “Japan’s 100 best landscapes”. Along the driveway leading to the lighthouse, there is also a sport where you can see the Hinomisaki-jinja Shrine where vermillion-lacquered halls are lined up against the Prussian blue sea of Japan and a green pine forest. The shrine consists of an upper shrine and a lower shrine, with Susanoonomikoto enshrined in the upper shrine, and his sister, Amaterasu-ōmikami, the sun goddess, enshrined in the lower shrine.
Tamatsukuri Onsen, also known as the “hot springs of the gods”
Tamatsukuri Onsen, whose name appears also in Izumo-no-Kuni Fudoki, is called the “hot springs of the gods” due to its highly beneficial effects. The hot spring town, rich in hot spring town atmosphere, is also attractive.
Oki Beef, the elusive Wagyu
Oki is an Oki brand also called the “elusive Japanese black cattle beef.” Be sure to taste a steak of this finest of beefs at one of the specialty shops in Izumo City.
* The photograph is for illustrative purposes only.
|Location||Taisha-cho, Izumo City, Shimane
About 40 minutes by car (rental) from Izumo Airport
|Inquiries||Izumo City Tourism Association
* For information on Tamatsukuri Onsen, please contact the Tamatsukuri
Tourism Association; For information on Oki Beef, please contact a specialty shop.
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