Izumo Taisha (出雲大社) is a grand shrine, considered one of Japans top 3. Located in northern Chugoku, it is an essential stop if you are in the region. It is therefore a hugely popular shrine, but never feels overly crowded.

The folklore behind the shrine says that the gods from all over Japan gather at Izumo Taisha once a year. Many Japanese visit the spot from all over the country to pray for good fortune when the meetings of the gods occur.

Budget travel tips

  • The shopping street up to the shrine and as you exit are full of free samples of candy, biscuit and more. Look out for the little sample boxes and enjoy!
  • The tourist restaurants are a bit pricey, but there are convenience stores with cheap bentos just off the main shopping streets or before at Izumo-shi station.


How to get there

Best is to get a clearly marked bus from Izumo-shi to Izumo-Taisha-Mae (20 mins, 500 yen). JR passes will cover the trip to Izumo-shi, including the JR San’in-Okayama Area Pass.

Ichibata Electric Railway has trains to the shrine (20 mins, 490 yen), but there are far less frequent (about 1 per hour).

Note that the Ichibata Electric Railway from Izumo-shi to Izumo-Taisha-Mae and buses are not covered by JR passes.

Hostels and cheap hotels

Izumo Royal Hotel

A decent hotel with a good location. Discounts often available, for example on weekdays.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.