Hamada
Hamada is Shimane's third largest city. Its active port ensures an abundant supply of delicious fish. In addition to long stretches of beach, the contrast between the green mountains and blue sea is striking.
Inquiries
Hamada City Dept. of Tourism
Hamada Tourist Information Office 9am-5:45pm Map
ACCESS
Train
JR Masuda JR Hamada (50min Local, 30min Ltd. Express)
JR Matsue JR Hamada (1hr 30min Ltd. Express)
Bus
JR Hiroshima JR Hamada (2hr)
Car
JR Masuda JR Hamada (50min)
JR Matsue JR Hamada〈 2hr 45min (reg. road), 2hr 45min (expressway)〉
JR Hiroshima JR Hamada (1hr 30min)
・ Prices listed do not include tax.
・ The admission prices listed in this pamphlet are for adults. Please inquire about the child’s price at each venue.
・ Information in this pamphlet is subject to change.
・ Pricing is current as of July 2018.
・ Inquiries made to the email addresses listed in this pamphlet may not receive an immediate reply. Thank you in advance for your patience.
・ Individual location webpages may only be in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.
Tatamigaura Seaside
This area is a nationally designated natural monument. After passing through a chilly, and supposedly haunted, cave, you exit onto a picturesque stretch of beach where you can explore mysterious rock and shell fossil formations created by wave erosion over 16 million years ago.
You might even find some heart-shaped fossils!
Address
Kokubu-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-24-1085
(Hamada Tourism Association)
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Iwami Seaside Park
This prefectural park offers a 5.5-kilometer stretch of white sand beach and other walking trails. In summer, you can enjoy a variety of water sports including jet skiing, snorkeling, banana boat, stand up paddle boarding, etc. (separate fees apply). Don’t miss the gorgeous sunsets!
Opening hours
8:30am-5:30pm,
Closed Dec.28 to Jan.3
Price
Self-catering Cabins: \3,280; Constructed Tent Sites: \6,440;
Free Tent Sites (first come, first served; bring your own gear).
Address
1644-1 Kokubu-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-28-2231
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Shimane Aquarium AQUAS
AQUAS is an aquarium that houses 400 species with over 10,000 marine creatures. The aquarium is famous for its cute beluga whales. They give a charming performance of “bubble rings”, which are made when the belugas exhale from their mouths. In winter, you can watch king penguins taking a walk around the aquarium. There is also a large park and a play area behind the building and occasional Iwami Kagura performances on weekends. It is a 10-min. walk from JR Hashi Station.
Opening hours
Sep. 1 - Jul. 19: 9am-5pm
Jul. 20 - Aug. 31: 9am-6pm,
Closed Tues. (or Wed. if Tues. is a holiday)
*Open on Tuesdays during the following dates: Apr. 29 - May 5, Jul. 20 - Aug. 31.
Price
¥1,540
Address
1117-2, Kushiro-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-28-3900
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Sanku Shrine
Ten minutes by car from Hamada Station. Regular, year-round performances of Iwami Kagura are given every Saturday. You will not be disappointed watching the skillful Iwami Kagura performances close-up on the sacred stage inside the shrine. Kagura is best suited for this night-time environment.
Opening hours
7:30pm-8:30pm,
Every Saturday
Price
¥500
Address
1571 Aioi-cho, Hamada-shi

Sekishu Washi Center
Sekishu washi has a long history in the region and Sekishu banshi, a type of Sekishu washi, was recently designated a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage item. This center was created to train future generations of craftsmen and showcase the traditional skills involved in making washi paper. You can try making your own washi paper, enjoy art exhibits and purchase souvenirs. Sekishu washi is also used to create the body of the giant serpant that appears in a traditional local performance, "Iwami Kagura".
Opening hours
9am-5pm, Closed Monday (or Tues. if Mon. is a holiday),
Dec.28-Jan.4
Washi paper making from \500
Price
FREE
Address
589 Furuichiba, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-32-4170
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Asahi Hot Spring
The gentle, smooth waters of this spring will make your skin beautiful. Enjoy the changing views of the four seasons: cherry blossoms in spring, fireflies in early summer, changing leaf colors in autumn and snow in winter. Some guest rooms have private outdoor baths and women can borrow yukata (cotton kimonos) for use during their stay.
Opening hours
10:30am-8pm (Last entry) closed occasionally
Price
¥700
Address
108-1, Asahi-cho-Kita, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-45-1180
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Kinta Berryne Farm
A unique farm of greenhouses where you can sample multiple varieties of delicious strawberries and grapes. Come sample some of the perfect, sweet fruit Japan is famous for! There is also a cute cafe where you can enjoy light meals and drinks.
Opening hours
Fruit picking 10am-4pm,
Strawberries: Jan.-May, Closed Tuesday.
Grapes: Late Aug.- early Oct.
Cafe: 11am-4pm, Closed Monday,Tuesday
Price
Strawberries: Weekdays(except Wed.)¥1,700/person Weekends,Holidays ¥1,900/person,
50min., all-you-can-eat *Reservations required
Grapes: \1,600/kg
Address
735 shichijo, Kanagi-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-42-2515
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Camborough
A local favorite, this restaurant serves only its own brand of pork, which is raised at a nearby farm. Pork cutlets are the specialty and lunchtime set meals are a great bargain.
Opening hours
Lunch: 11am-3pm (Last order 2pm)
Dinner: 5pm-11pm (Last order 10pm)
Closed Tues. (or Wed. if Tues. is a holiday)
and the 1st Mon. to Wed. of Feb. and Sept.
Address
4191 Kurokawa-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-24-9906
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Senjoen
This simply appointed hotel offers a choice of Western or Japanese style rooms. In addition to beautiful meals of freshly caught seafood, you can enjoy sweeping views of the beach and ocean from the large bath on the top floor.
Opening hours
Restaurant: Lunch:11am-3pm (Last order 2:45pm)
Cafe:3pm-5pm
Dinner:6pm-8pm (Last order 7:45pm)
DAY TRIP BATHING: 10am-8pm, Summer: 5pm-8pm
Price
DAY TRIP BATHING: ¥360
Address
2164 Shimoko-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-28-1255
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Hotel Matsuo
At this hotel, you can enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine that showcases the fresh abundance of the nearby Sea of Japan. The restaurant is also open for lunch.
Opening hours
Restaurant Lunch: 11am-2pm
Dinner: 5pm-9pm (Last order 8:30pm)
Address
4185 Kurokawa-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-22-2520
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Green Rich Hotel Hamada Ekimae
Just a 2-minute walk from Hamada Station, this basic business hotel offers an affordable place to stay for a night or two while enjoying the surrounding area. It has a large bath with a sauna.
Address
86-19 Asai-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-24-1234
Other

Shimane Hamada Washington Hotel Plaza
Just a 3-minute walk from Hamada Station, this functional hotel is great for travel or business and often used by foreign professionals traveling in the area.
Address
4177 Kurokawa-cho, Hamada-shi
Phone number
0855-23-6111
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Gotsu
Gotsu sits at the mouth of the Gonokawa River. Nature’s beauty abounds in this idyllic countryside town where traditional handicrafts and agriculture are still the center of life.
Inquiries
Gotsu City Div. of Commerce, Industry, and Tourism
Gotsu Tourist Information Office 9am-5pm, Closed Tuesday and New Year holidays Map
ACCESS
Train
JR Hamada JR Gotsu (30min Local, 15min Ltd. Express)
JR Matsue JR Gotsu (1hr 30min Ltd. Express)
Bus
JR Hiroshima JR Hamada (2hr)
JR Hamada Arifuku Hot Spring (30min)
Car
JR Hamada JR Gotsu〈 40min(reg. road),30 min(expressway)〉
・ Prices listed do not include tax.
・ The admission prices listed in this pamphlet are for adults. Please inquire about the child’s price at each venue.
・ Information in this pamphlet is subject to change.
・ Pricing is current as of July 2018.
・ Inquiries made to the email addresses listed in this pamphlet may not receive an immediate reply. Thank you in advance for your patience.
・ Individual location webpages may only be in Japanese. Thank you for your understanding.
Shimada Kiln
For almost one hundred years, this family of artisans has used the traditional technique, shinotsukuri, to shape Iwami Pottery. It is fired in their ascending hillside kiln. Each piece exhibits a unique color gradation from the heat distribution inside the kiln. You can try making your own pottery and have it shipped to your home. It is a 20-min. walk from JR Asari Station, up the road from “Kaze no Engawa”.
Opening hours
9am-5pm
Shop: Closed occasionally
Pottery studio: Closed weekends, national holidays
(Inquire for prices of pottery making experiences and shipping)
Address
1315 Ushiroji-cho, Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-55-1337
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Kaze no Engawa
A stone path through bright greenery leads you to a red-tile roofed home with a wide veranda. Restored into a pleasant cafe, you will not quickly forget the vividly colored vegetables (grown next door), fresh meats and fish and handmade breads served here. Meals are presented on pottery made at the nearby Shimada kiln. There is also a nice variety of organic teas and homemade desserts to help you relax away the afternoon. It is a 15-min. walk from JR Asari Station.
Opening hours
10:30am-5pm, Closed Monday
*Inquire about Sunday and New Year holidays
Address
2398 Ushiroji-cho, Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-57-0522
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Arifuku Hot Spring
Arifuku Hot Spring, the place where happiness dwells, has been well-known for over 1,350 years. It overflows with the charm of the early 1900s. The hot spring waters are abundant and clear and are thought to make your skin beautiful.
Gozen Yu
Opening hours
7am-9:30pm
Price
¥400
Phone number
0855-56-3353
Other
Yayoi Yu
Opening hours
7am-9:30pm
Price
¥400
Other
Satsuki Yu
Opening hours
7am-9:30pm
Price
¥400
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Yu no Machi Kagura Venue
Enjoy nighttime Iwami Kagura performances in Arifuku Hot Spring. Watching kagura in this intimate setting allows the viewer a moving, unique experience.
Opening hours
8:30pm- 9:30pm,
Check the schedule
Price
¥500
Address
Arifuku Onsen-cho, Gotsu-shi
Other

Shimane Sekiou Industrial Promotion Center
Specialty products from the Iwami region are displayed on the rst oor. Please come and see the traditional cultural items representative of this region. Products are available for purchase so you can take home your very own souvenir from Shimane!
Opening hours
9am-5pm (Open Sundays, Holidays until 6pm)Closed Dec. 29 - Jan. 3
Other

Iwami Bakushu
Recently opened in Gotsu, this craft brewery fully utilizes local agricultural products such as barley, nurtured by water from the Gonokawa River, and yuzu citrus, sustained by the salty air from the Sea of Japan.

VOGA WatchMuseum & Café
Museum displays over 500 valuable watches from around the world. Enjoy lunch or an original coffee at the café.
Opening hours
Closed every Tues. (Open every day from the Friday before Marine Day through August 15)Museum: 10am-5pm, Café: 10am-6pm
Price
Museum: Entrance fee: ¥600
Address
1255-230, Hashi-cho Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-52-7565
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Nushiya Ryokan
This 9-room, hot spring ryokan on a 9,900 sq. meter site has a 250-year history. Enjoy a high-quality hot spring and traditional Japanese kaiseki cuisine while surrounded by nature.Kaiseki meal includes carefully selected fresh seafood and locally grown, organic vegetables.In addition to the large communal indoor and outdoor baths, there are two private baths that can be reserved free of charge. Vegetarian or religious dietary requests cannot be accommodated.Japanese only.
Address
955, Arifuku Onsen-cho Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-56-2121
Address
955, Arifuku Onsen-cho Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-56-2121
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Super Hotel Gotsu-Ekimae
Conveniently located a 2-minute walk from JR Gotsu station. Rejuvenate your body in the natural hot spring bath. A nutritious breakfast, containing specially selected ingredients, is included.
Address
1215 Gotsu-cho, Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-60-9000
Address
1215 Gotsu-cho, Gotsu-shi
Phone number
0855-60-9000
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General Inquiries
Iwami Tourism Promotion Committee TEL.0855-29-5647
Shimane Prefectural Government, International Tourism Group TEL.0852-22-5579

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