By trainIzumo's train station is called Izumo-shi Station (出雲市駅). It is located on the JR San'in Main Line.
Izumo is served hourly by the Yakumo (やくも) limited express train, which runs to Okayama station and provides direct connections to the San'yo Shinkansen (3 hours, ¥6700). Connecting with the Yakumo, the trip to Izumo is 4 hours from Osaka (¥10800), 4 hr 15 min from Kyoto (¥12300), 5 hours from Nagoya (¥15300) and 6½ hours from Tokyo (¥19700).
From Hiroshima, the four-hour trip to Izumo via Okayama is best left to holders of the Japan Rail Pass, since taking the bus will be faster and cheaper (see below).
From Hakata station in Fukuoka, take the Shinkansen to Shin-Yamaguchi and change to the Super Oki (スーパーおき) which runs to Izumo three times per day (4 hours, ¥10600).
There is also an overnight train that runs from Tokyo to Izumo called the Sunrise Izumo (サンライズ出雲). The train leaves from Tokyo Station every night at 22:00, reaching Izumo twelve hours later. If you have a Japan Rail Pass, you can book a carpeted floor space on the overnight service at no charge. Otherwise you can travel in a compartment or room by paying the applicable room fee and surcharges.
By busThose wishing to save money on transportation should consider highway buses. Izumo is easily accessible by bus, because buses from a wide variety of locations stop at Izumo.
From Hiroshima, going by bus is the best option. Ichibata Bus and Chugoku JR Bus operate eight round-trips per day from Hiroshima Station and the Hiroshima Bus Center. (3½ hours, ¥4000 one way, ¥7200 round trip)
From Okayama, several companies operate joint service to Izumo on a bus called the Momotaro Express, named after the famous Japanese folklore hero. Six daily round-trips (4 hours, ¥3900 one way).
JR Bus runs the Port Lake service from Kobe's Sannomiya Bus Terminal (4 round-trips daily, 5 hr 15 min, ¥5000). Hankyu Bus and Ichibata Bus run the Kunibiki service from Osaka (8 round-trips daily, 5½ hours, ¥5650), while JR Bus operates the Izumo Express bus service from Kyoto (4 round-trips daily, 6 hours, ¥6000).
The overnight service that runs from Tokyo is strangely called the Susanoo and gets to Izumo in 12 hr 15 min at a cost of ¥12070 each way, which means twice longer than train but twice cheaper.
By carIzumo is about a one-hour drive from Matsue on Route 9, the main road through the Sea of Japan side of western Japan from Northern Kyoto to Shimonoseki.
There are 2 train companies in Izumo. The JR West Sanin Main Line and the Ichibata Electric Railway (Ichibata Densha Kabushiki-gaisha ). The JR West Izumo Station is next to the Ichibata's Dentetsu Izumo Station. Ichibata has 2 lines, the Kita Matsue Line which runs for 33.9 km from Dentetsu Izumo Station to Matsue Shinji-ko Onsen Station in Matsue, and the Taisha Line which runs 8.3 km from Kawato Station (on the Kita Matsue Line) to Izumo Taisha-mae Station, near Izumo Taisha.
The Enmusubi Perfect Ticket (¥3000 for adults, ¥1500 for children) allows free unlimited travel for three consecutive days on a wide range of train and bus services in Matsue and Izumo. The ticket includes full use of the following:
- Ichibata Railway
- Lake Line bus
- All Matsue City buses
- All Izumo City buses
- Ichibata bus services within Matsue and Izumo
- Izumo Airport bus
- Yonago Airport bus
Note that Japan Rail services are not included.
The Enmusubi Perfect Ticket is sold at the following locations:
- Matsue International Tourist Information Office in front of Matsue station
- Izumo Tourist Information Office at Izumo station
- Ichibata Railway stations such as Shinjiko Onsen station
- Ichibata Travel Service ticket offices. Behind the Lawson at Matsue station and next to the Ichibata Hotel in Izumo.
- Shimane Prefectural Products and Tourist Centre, across the road from Matsue Castle parking area.
- Izumo Airport information counter
- Yonago Airport information counter
address: 195 Kizuki-higashiAlthough the date of construction is unknown, Izumo Taisha is regarded as one of the oldest shrines in Japan. In the Kojiki, the shrine is said to have been built for Ōkuninushi (god of marriage), who then became the shrine's patron deity. As the god of marriage is worshipped here, it is no surprise that Izumo Shrine is a popular shrine for couples to pray for happy marriages. Although the current shrine is quite large at about 25 meters tall, records suggest that it is only half the size it was 800 years ago. Every year in October, Shinto gods from all over are said to gather inside the shrine for one week. Note that if you wish to pray at Izumo Taisha, it is customary to clap four times instead of the typical two claps, because you are praying for yourself, as well as your partner (or future partner). Watch many people attempting to toss small change into the large rice-straw rope of one of the shrines outside the main shrine until it lodges. If you are able to get ¥45 stuck in or on the rope, you'll have good luck.
phone: +81 853-53-8600address: 99-4 Kitsuki-HigashiThis elegantly designed complex is near the shrine. Exhibitions feature speculative designs of the original Izumo Taisha, displays on the history and development of nearby Iwami Ginzan, and a dramatic collection of ceremonial bronze bells and swords.
Hinomisaki Lighthousephone: +81 85-354-5341Supposedly, it's the tallest lighthouse in Asia. The lighthouse appears like any other lighthouse, but the bus ride out there and the chance to see a fishing village makes it worth the 1/2 hour trip.
Tachikue GorgeA pleasant hike that ends with hundreds of stone figures with red hats on them. There's an onsen/youth hostel.
address: 866 Kozakai-cho
Inasa BeachBeach with a rock where gods are said to gather. Enjoy the beach and the beautiful sunset.
Shimane WineryTry yakiniku (barbecue). Also offers free tours and wine tastings, though connoisseurs will likely be unimpressed.
- Hara, a good selection of small dishes is available here in addition to soba. Go straight out the north exit of JR Izumo station and look for the purple banner on the right just past the Toyoko Inn. Good food with an interesting crowd of local patrons from construction workers to groups of young women out for a party.
Trattoria il Delfinophone: +81 853 24-7564address: Ekiminamimachi 3-3, IzumoA laid back Italian restaurant run by chef Ago and his wife. Mr Ago is an Italophile who has studied home style cooking in Sicily and is very passionate about Italian food and the ingredients he uses. English and Italian are spoken. Suitable for vegetarians, just be sure to consult your waiter when ordering.
address: 859-1 TakiA spa that uses Thalassotherapy, which utilizes all its resources from the sea in order to rejuvenate and make you healthier.
BudgetThere are a few low-priced minshuku and ryokan throughout the city. Pick up an English map at Izumo Station.
Izumo Green Hotel Morrisaddress: 6-1 Minami Honmachi, Imaichi-choA business hotel just south of Izumo Station.
Izumo Royal HotelA short taxi ride from the JR Station in town. Includes parking and wireless Internet.