Places to Visit

Izumo Dome, the biggest wooden architectural building in Japan

As the biggest wooden building in the country (49 meters high, 143 meters in diameter), the dome is recently drawing some attention. American pine trees were used for the framework material. As the natural light comes through the roof, which is covered with white teflon film, there is no need for any lamps during daytime. The facility is used for sport events such as soccer games, baseball games as well as various other events.
The dome entry fee, 150 yen/ open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m./ 0853-25-1006

10 min. taxi ride from Izumo-shi station.

Izumo Dome

Dainen-ji Temple, an ancient tomb, invites you to an ancient novel

The ancient burial mound, keyhole-shaped tumulus, is located on the hill behind Dainen-ji Temple. It has an overall length of about 100 meters, with the circular part's diameter 42 meters, and the mound height of 6 meters. You cannot find a bigger ancient tomb than this in the Izumo area. In a recent study, it was discovered that the tomb was built in the late sixth century with a highly sophisticated construction method, in which some different types of soil were alternately piled up. There is a giant stone coffin in the stone room inside.
A visitor needs to make a reservation. Call Izumo-shi Educational Board Culture and Sports section at 0853-23-3636.

8 min. walk from Izumo-shi station.

Izumo Bunka Densho-kan (a folk museum), an exhibition of Izumo's traditions

The Ezumi family used to be a large landowner, whose house have been reconstructed in this location to be exhibited. There are other displays such as Izumo landscape garden in the go-round style surrounded by a roofed mud-wall with pine trees, and Rikyu's (a master of tea ceremony) tea ceremony house called Dokuraku-an, that was patronized by Fumaikou, a lord of the Matsue domain. Shorai-tei, built in Sukiya-zukuri, or the style of a tea ceremony cottage is a nice break point to enjoy a cup of tea. Furthermore, the history of Izumo is introduced in the exhibition building.
Entrance fee 500 yen/ open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Mondays closed (if Monday is a national holiday, the following day is closed instead)/ 0853-21-2460

Take a Ichibata bus from Izumo-shi station going to Izumo-taisha Shrine, get off at Izumo Bunka Densho-kan mae (13 min.).

Bunka Densho-kan

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