Shimane Prefecture is the location of Izumo-taisha, a sacred shrine dedicated to marriage and relationships; as well as Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the middle of the prefecture is Matsue City, home to Matsue Castle. We suggest you go on the pleasure boat on Horikawa River for a relaxing cruise around the castle. Tamatsukuri Onsen nearby Matsue is famous for the beauty properties of its water. For those focused with particular skin problems, the Oroshi-jizo is said to magically heal those areas of concern for those who wish for it. For food, local favorties include Izumo-soba, a buckwheat noodle dish offered in small vermillion-lacquered Wariko bowls, one on top of the other; and 'Shijimi burger',a burger which contains local Shijimi Clams.