The accommodations listed in this itinerary are noteworthy for a variety of reasons. The order is only that of a circle to display them easily on the map. Some are outstanding deluxe properties, while others offer the simplicity of a temple stay, or a farm stay, but all provide unique insights into the local culture of Shimane Prefecture. We apologize if we have left any other noteworthy accommodations off this list. Please feel free to email us (info at drivejapan dot info) any suggestions for additions.
Founded in 1888, Minamikan is a well-established ryokan located in Shimane Prefecture with 130 years of history. It stands in a great location commanding a fine view of Lake Shinji. Along with its beautiful lakeside garden with its old pine trees that have seen so much history, the beautiful scenery was so loved by many writers and cultural figures, captivating the hearts of all those who visit.
NIPPONIA is a luxury hotel brand of renovated old and precious Japanese architectures remaining throughout various areas in Japan. Respecting its historical significance, each architecture is revitalized as a facility where you can feel the lifestyle, culture and history of the land.
The Abeke House is located in Omori-cho at the foot of the Iwami Ginzan, which once boasted the highest silver production in Japan. It is a place where the remnants of the Edo period, which prospered as a silver mine and reached cultural maturity, are alive here and there. At first glance, this small town, which seems to have been left behind by the times, still has the spirit of enjoying living in harmony with nature, which modern Japan has lost sight of. The Abeke House is a samurai residence of the Abe family, a local official built in 1789. It took 13 years to restore this 230 year old samurai house. Today it functions as the Takyo Abeke guesthouse.
Parking is available at MapCode: 559 113 356*33.
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Ha 159-1 Komanoashi, Oromi-cho, Oda, Shimane 694-0305
The Katoke House was built as a samurai residence at the end of the Edo period (1603-1868). This house has supported the life of the town of Omori as a full-scale clinic by Dr. Kato since the Meiji era (1868-1912). Remnants of the past days are left around the mansion, such as signboards with seasons, chests of drawers, glass with retro patterns, and tea utensils that the Doctor would have loved. The Kato family is now making the most of them and connecting the past and the future here.