Tottori and Shimane by sleeper express! Summary of sightseeing spots in Sanin to visit by train


Thank you, It’s ting-in!

Sanin region has few opportunities to go there.Tottori and Shimane were said to be “which is which?I think there are many people who are suspicious even in the positional relationship

In such a remote place, the tourist destination full of nostalgia is the one that it is hidden.In fact, I’ve been traveling around Sanin on a train, so I’ve put together a list of the itineraries and the places to visit.From east to west, tottori → Shimane → Yamaguchi and clean one-way route!


Sleeper Express [Sunrise Izumo]

“Train travel” is overwhelmingly recommended if you go to Sanin, sleeper express that has become the only existence in the night train that operates every day [Sunrise Izumo].I left Tokyo Station at night, and when the night dawned, I had never been there before.

There are many private rooms in the train, and it’s a moving hotel.There are many things in the business hotel, such as air conditioning, outlets, yukata robes and slippers.In a comfortable car, you can enjoy plenty of travel of the railway overnight!

There is also a shower in the car.If you buy a shower card of 300 yen from the vending machine in the car, you can serve hot water for 6 minutes.Because the shower card is sold out at once, the purchase is early!

It’s good to talk while looking at the night view in the lounge.



When sunrise izumo arrives at Yonago Station which stops first in sanin, first we go to Tottori Station on the Sanin Main Line.Tottori Prefecture was the birthplace of Gosho Aoyama, the author of “Detective Conan”, and a train with Conan wrapped in tottori prefecture on the Sanin Main Line was running.

Tottori Sand Dunes

Speaking of Tottori, the Tottori Sand Dunes are stillIt takes about 20 minutes by bus from Tottori Station, and there is already a big big sandbox in front of you.But it’s not just a sandbox.In fact, the topography of the Tottori Sand Dunes is complex and has a wide variety of expressions.

The steep slope “horse’s back” like the cliff which can be called a symbol of tottori sand dunes is a place i want to try by all means.When i climbed the slope of the sand, i couldn’t hold my hand, my feet were buried in the sand, and i was prevented from many people’s whereabouts.The back of the horse reflected in the pond like “Oasis” in the desert is also a splendid view!

If you get over the horse’s back, you will see the Sea of Japan in front of you!You can also enjoy paragliding and other activities.

You can ride on the camel’s back too!Is this really Japan?

Tottori Castle

In the urban area of Tottori City, the stone walls of the site of Tottori Castle overlap over and over again.The best attraction is the stone wall of the sphere called “Tensphere Maru”.I’m surprised to be able to make such a precise sphere with only stone.It is quite powerful when I see it in the vicinity!

There are no castle castles or other buildings left in Tottori Castle, but it’s fun just to walk through the ruins of a stone wall.The two circle ruins overlook Tottori City.

If you come to Tottori, you won’t be able to take off the snora coffee in front of Tottori Station.It was born out of the sense of the governor of Tottori Prefecture, “There is no Starbucks, but there is the best snubber in Japan”.Tottori was the only prefecture in Japan that does not have starbucks, but recently it was able to do starbucks, so it was a big news.Snoaba Coffee is still extremely popular without losing such a big pinch.


Next is Sakaiminato, the birthplace of Gegege’s Kitaro author Mizuki Shiwaru.The Kitaro Train will be on the Sakaiminato Line, which connects Yonago Station and Sakaiminato Station.

“Kitaro Train” is kitaro until the inside of the carKitaro is very cute from all over the place.

Mizuki Shimor road

The road connecting Sakaiminato Station to Mizuki Shiwari Memorial Hall is Mizuki Shido.It’s a bit disappointing that it was under construction when I visited, but there are already youkai lurking all over the place, so try to find them while walking around.

There are youkai in places like this.On both sides of Mizuki Shimu Road, there are a variety of shops that have been swept away by youkai, so you can enjoy shopping.

A number of works and episodes of Mizuki Shimu were exhibited at the Mizuki Shiwarmemorial Hall, which is located just a short walk through Mizuki Shiwari Road.Mizuki Shimu seems to have really liked youkai, so you can see a lot of youkai at once.It’s not just Gegege’s Kitaro!

Sticky Slope

On the way from Sakaiminato to Matsue by bus, “Ejima Ohashi”, which is on the border between Tottori and Shimane prefectures, is a famous spot called a sticky treadslope.It seems to have become famous suddenly by the commercial of the car, and it seems that the car goes up the cliff.It has certainly gone up to a very high place.

A particularly steep slope is the Shimane prefecture side of the Ejima Bridge.So, I’ll look in from the back window of the bus bound for Matsue!Yes, well, it certainly looks like a cliff…??

Oh, don’t forget to eat seafood in Sakaiminato.The port of Sakaiminato is just around the corner from the name of the place, so you can taste fresh fish no matter where you go.Even the revolving sushi in front of the station that I visited was already excellent!


Next to Sakaiminato, we entered Shimane Prefecture.To Matsue, the prefectural government seat of Shimane Prefecture and the best city in Sanin.Various trains come from all directions to Matsue Station on the Sanin Main Line.

Matsue Castle

When we got to Matsue, we went to Matsue Castle anyway.Matsue Station is a short walk away, but there are many buses, so you can rest assured.Matsue Castle is one of only 12 existing castles in Japan, and it is a very valuable castle designated as a national treasure!

Since the castle tower is not originally a place to live, the inside is a very clunwhety simple structure of wooden pillars and beams.

The streets around the castle are also recommended because you can feel the atmosphere of the castle town!In the moat on the north side, it is called “Horikawa tour”, and it advances in the moat like the mangrove by a small ship.It is a very windy scenery just to look at it.

On the north side of the street, the old samurai residence remains as it was at the time.There are also some fashionable shops, so it’s good to take a break and go shopping.

Tamazo Onsen

At night, we went to Tamazo Onsen on the outskirts of Matsue City.Here, Tamazo Onsen is a very highly regarded hot spring resort that won the highest prize in the hot spring general election 2016, which ranks hot springs all over Japan.The nearest station is Tamazo Onsen Station, which is next to Matsue Station, but it is a little far from the hot spring town, so each ryokan will pick you up at the station.

There are many fashionable “colored yukata” in the inn, so it’s sure to be fun to walk in the hot spring town wearing a cute yukata.”Magatama” and “White Rabbit of Inaba” which have been made for a long time here are decorated in various places and are stylish.The night view of a beautiful cityscape shines the best!

When you get tired, take a rest with the foot bath.The hot spring of Tamazo Onsen, also known as “Beautiful Hot Spring”, is like a hot spring like a lotion.Of course, the bath at the inn was very comfortable, and after the hot water was ready, my skin was already plump.

I want to cherish the time spent at the inn.The dinner of the Shiraishi family i stayed at this time was kaiseki dishes, which were made with plenty of local ingredients.On parade of high-quality ingredients such as crab, shimane Wagyu beef and dodogorHow happy I am!

For now, my “hot spring no.1 was good to go” is overwhelmingly Tamazo Onsen.I am satisfied with all of “spring quality, food, and the town”, and I want to recommend it from the bottom of my heart.

Izumo City

After resupplying power in the hot spring, go to Izumo Taisha shrine, which enshrines the god of marriage.From Matsue and Tamazo Onsen to Izumo City, you can arrive in about 40 minutes by regular train.From Izumo City Station, take the Ichibata train to Izumo Taisha Station, the nearest station.You need to change trains at kawaruin station on the way, so don’t make a mistake because the trains in the three directions arrive all at once.

Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha is a super-powered spot where eight million gods come from all over japan in October.In October, because God is away from Shimane Prefecture, it is called “God Nomoon”, but only Shimane Prefecture, where Izumo Taisha is located, is called “The God Moon”.

The first thing you can see is this “Worship Hall”.It is characterized by a thick and large rope that can be said to be a symbol of Izumo Taisha.The largest “Daitin Ren-nawa” in Kagura-den is about 13 m long and weighs 5.2 tons, and it seems to be making this size by hand.

With plenty of architectural elements, the shrine is built in the oldest shrine architectural style in Japan called “Taisha-ku”, bearing the name of Izumo Taisha.The two “bonito” on the top of the roof and three “chigi” like bazookaare are also characteristic.

There was a lovely white rabbit on the back side of the main hall.It is handed down from Kojiki as “Inaba no Shiro Rabbit”, which was saved by the “lord of the great powers”, which is said to be the god of marriage, and there are 46 rabbits in the precincts.

The approach straight from the torii in front of you is a walk away from the local gourmet and fashionable souvenir shops.”Izumo soba” which is characteristic that the dish named Crackko overlaps and comes out is one of the three major soba.Izumo’s Izumo Zenzai, which is said to be the birthplace of Zenzai, is also famous.

Inasa No Hama

There are also various charms around Izumo Taisha.One of them is Inasa Beach on the west coast of Izumo Taisha.Yes, izumo Taisha is actually close to the sea!The wide sandy beaches, the rocks and small shrines that stand in the clear blue sky are divine.When the “God moon” comes, God first lands from this sandy beach.

This is the way to greet the god who landed on the beach of Inasa, the way of god’s welcome.It is an alley in a quiet residential area with no unusual thing, but when it comes to “The Moon”, this area seems to be in a welcoming mood.Old houses, narrow roads, and the blue sea and sky are nostalgic and beautiful.

Nima Sand Museum

If you go further west from Izumo City, the local line feeling has increased at once.Take the sanin main line train for about an hour and try to stop at Jinman Station, located in Ota City.

From the platform of the station, you can see a mysterious building like a toncorn in the distance, but it takes a 10-minute walk to get to the Nima Sand Museum.You may know that it was also the stage for a movie called The Hourglass.

The biggest hourglass in the world is the one in the main space.This hourglass, called the Sand Calendar, is controlled to cause sand to fall in just one year, and it flips upside down once a year.The contrast between the blue sky and the dome, and the frame and the machined hourglass, is beautiful!

The Sand Museum exhibits a variety of hourglass in the museum.You can have fun learning about sand while experiencing various things.Adults are charged 700 yen for admission, and it is closed every Wednesday, so be careful!

Onsenzu Onsen

Further west of Jinman Station on the Sanin Main Line, Onsentsu Station is an incomprehensible reading hot spring called Yunotsu Onsen.It’s not well known, but it’s actually a World Heritage Site!It was registered as a world cultural heritage with Ishimi Ginzan, japan’s largest silver mine.Unfortunately, we couldn’t get to Ishimi Ginzan this time, but Hot Springs are a World Heritage Site that you can easily visit within a 10-minute walk from the station.

Contrary to the imposing title of “World Heritage Site”, the hot spring town seems to be very small.Because there are still many old-fashioned buildings, it has been designated as a “Shigeden ken” for short, an important traditional building preservation district in the country.It is as if it has been left behind by the times as it is.

The “Yakushi-yu” hot spring, which you can see quickly when you walk in a hot spring town, is a wonderful spring quality that all items are the highest evaluation, and it is a very valuable place of the source pouring of natural springing.The bathroom is not wide by all means, and there is only one round bathtub with a solid brown ingredient, but it’s not bad because it feels like “I’ve come to a hot spring.”

The distinctive appearance that caught the eye quickly was a landmark, and the street light at night was very nice.The old building next to Yakushi-yu is a wooden building with a lot of atmosphere of Taisho Romance, and blends well into the nostalgic hot spring town.The old building is now open as a café.

I stayed at a guest house called “Megurya”.The old private house has been renovated and opened as a guest house and café, allowing you to experience the old-fashioned life.The basic building has not changed, but the renovated space is very clean and stylish.The miscellaneous goods which are put in the place are also cute!


Opinions are likely to be divided on whether yamaguchi prefecture should be included in the sanin, but personally, I think it may be said that the Sea of Japan side of the Chinese region is sanin.So, finally, I would like to introduce Hagi in Yamaguchi Prefecture.It takes three and a half hours to arrive at Higashihagi Station by regular train on the Sanin Main Line from Onsentsu Station!For some reason, Hagi’s representative station is not Hagi Station, but Higashihagi Station.

Shoin Shrine

When you come to Hagi, you can’t remove it from Shoin Shrine, which is enshrined by Yoshida Shoin.Matsushita-mura Juku, which produced many great people at the end of the Edo period, such as Shinsaku Takasugi and HirofumiIto, is also located in the shoin shrine precincts.

This small hut is Matsushita Village Juku.The inside of the building feels like a very ordinary private house.When I think that history moved from this place, it is kind of moving.

Beyond the eyes and nose of Shoin Shrine is the residence of Hirofumi Ito, who is famous as the first Prime Minister.Admission fee 100 yen is required, but it is recommended because the inside is very beautiful.

Hagi Castle Town

I crossed hagi city by renting a bicycle and came to the castle town area of Hagi castle.It is a historical town that has a place related to Shinsaku Takasugi and Takayoshi Kido, as it remains as old buildings and towns.

As you approach the castle, the walls and hedges turn into stone walls, and they become more profound and uniform.The town like the eyes of the go board which was made by the road which extends straight to east, west, north, south, south, south, south, south, south, south, south, south, south, east, west, north, south, north, west, north, west, north, west, north, west, north, west, north, west, north, west, north

From winter to spring, summer mandarin oranges arethe best time to see them( summer is)。Hagi’s characteristic is the vivid summer mandarin oranges that grow all over the city.

Enjoy the car window, too.

So, I’ve been traveling by train like a stroke from east to west.There are so many places of history and nature that you can visit by train (and occasionally by bus).I hope the splendor of sanin spreads even more!

Also, please enjoy the time to travel.Sanin Main Line passes near the sea and lakes, so you won’t get tired of the scenery from the car window!

Finally, i’ll show you an article about the drive to start from Hagi.Both the leisurely train and drive journeys are both fun!