Sakaiminato, Japan

Wedged between sea, sky and mountains, this small fishing port has been esteemed for centuries for its superb seafood. Here, the Sea of Japan yields up both crab and hon-maguro, the prized Bluefin tuna esteemed by gourmets around the world. Sakaiminato is also your gateway to a very ancient region of Honshu. West of the city lies Izumo-taisha, one of the oldest and holiest shrines in Shinto. This area is dotted with burial mounds from Japan's Bronze Age. The town of Matsue boasts the celebrated "Black Castle," a six-story, black-walled castle that home to a clan of the mighty Tokugawa dynasty that ruled Japan for over 250 years. And to the east rises the great snow-capped summit of Mt. Daisen, considered one of the four most scenic mountains in all Japan.

Also a common sight ashore are the Yokai - approximately 100 bronze statues of supernatural characters as imagined by famed manga comic author Shigeru Mizuki, who was born in Sakaiminato. The Yokai have become synonymous with the town and delight visitors at every turn.

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Points of Interest

  • Izumo Grand Shrine
  • Hinomisaki Shrine and Light house
  • Matsue Castle
  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum
  • Adachi Museum of Art
  • Tottori Flower Road (Hanakairo)
  • Mizuki Shigeru Museum
  • Yushien Garden

More about Sakaiminato, Japan Points of Interest

  • Izumo Grand Shrine

    One of the oldest and most important Shinto temples in Japan, Izumo is mentioned in two oldest written accounts of early 8th century chronicles of ancient Japan.

  • Hinomisaki Shrine and Light house

    The shrine's elegant, vermilion buildings boast fine carvings of dragons, tigers and cranes while the lighthouse is the tallest stone masonry lighthouse in Japan.

  • Matsue Castle

    One of the oldest surviving castles in Japan, Matsue is called the "plover". With the black wooden walls of its six-story donjon, it's one of the few black castles in Japan.

  • Okuizumo Tatara & Katana Museum

  • Adachi Museum of Art

    Founded in 1970, the Museum features a collection of modern Japanese painting and one of the finest gardens in Japan.

  • Tottori Flower Road (Hanakairo)

    The 124-acre Tottori-Hanakairo Flower Park is one of the largest flower garden in all Japan.

  • Mizuki Shigeru Museum

    The Museum commemorates this Sakaiminato native son, the celebrated manga artist whose Yokai characters line a city street.

  • Yushien Garden

    This classic Japanese circuit garden on Daikon-shima island features peonies, pine trees, koi ponds, waterfalls and streams.

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Tottori Flower Park

4 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 2 2 0
  • Tottori Flower Road (Hanakairo)

Experience the lovely blooms and fountains at Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park and then sample your way through the candy factory. This charming half-day sightseeing excursion from Sakaiminato on the main island of Honshu brims with eye candy while satisfying the sweet tooth!

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Adachi Museum of Art & Yushien Garden

4.5 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 1 5 0
  • Adachi Museum of Art
  • Yushien Garden

It will be a perfect day filled with beautiful art and flowers. You will visit the Adachi Museum of Art, which displays a variety of Japanese paintings, ceramics and art through the ages. The surrounding gardens are considered the most beautiful in Japan.

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Kaike Onsen & Local Cuisine

5 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 2 1 0

Soak in a natural hot spring by the sea, at Kaike-Onsen. This full-day excursion includes a buffet lunch. You will visit Miho Shrine, surrounded by ocean. The Miho Lighthouse was built in 1898 and is considered cultural & historical heritage, being a remnant of the Meiji era.

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Izumo Grand Shrine

7 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 2 0 5
  • Izumo Grand Shrine

Izumo-taisha is one of the oldest and most important Shinto shrines in Japan. Driving by Lake Shinji, Japan's 7th largest lake and famous for the scenic beauty. Visit the Shimane Museum of Izumo Ancient History for a look at the temple's long history before exploring the shrine itself.

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Izumo Grand Shrine & Lake Shinji

8.5 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 1 0 0
  • Izumo Grand Shrine
  • Hinomisaki Shrine and Light house

Izumo-taisha is one of the oldest and most important Shinto shrines in Japan. Driving by Lake Shinji, Japan's 7th largest lake and famous for the scenic beauty. Visit the Shimane Museum of Izumo Ancient History for a look at the temple's long history before exploring the shrine itself. Visit Hinomisaki, home to an elegant temple and the tallest stone masonry lighthouse in Japan.

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Local Connections: Sushi Making Experience with Chef Tomomi Obara, Sake Tasting and Miho Shrine

4.5 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 9 8 0

Enjoy a day full of culinary and cultural delights as seen through the eyes of a local expert. Learn how to make your own sushi using the freshest ingredients. Visit Miho Shrine, dedicated to the god of commerce and fishing and enjoy a photo stop at scenic Mihonoseki Lighthouse.

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Matsue Castle & Adachi Museum of Art

5.5 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 1 3 5
  • Matsue Castle
  • Adachi Museum of Art

Enjoy two most significant highlights accessible from Sakaiminato. The Adachi Museum of Art and the historic Matsue castle are the must see spots. As well as the visits to these spots, the tour includes a traditional Japanese lunch with regional delicacies.

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Matsue Castle, Horikawa Boat Ride & Adachi Museum

7 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 1 4 0
  • Matsue Castle
  • Adachi Museum of Art

Tour the Adachi Museum of Art, home to a collection of modern Japanese paintings and one of the finest gardens in Japan. Explore Matsue Castle, nicknamed the 'plover castle'. After lunch, cruise Matsue's scenic canals.

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Local Connections: Tatara & Sword Maker with Award-winning Chef's Lunch Box

7 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 9 8 5

The artistry of ancient Japan comes to life on this Local Connections tour that introduces you to the skilled craftsmen of Okuizumo. Visit the Tatara Sword Museum to learn the production techniques of genuine Japanese swords, and watch a sword demonstration. Then, visit a traditional Sakurai residence to enjoy the gardens and tea.

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Highlights of Sakaiminato

7 hours | Sakaiminato | Y G J - 1 2 0
  • Matsue Castle
  • Adachi Museum of Art

See it all on an exciting full-day adventure that explores all of Matsue and Sakaiminato's highlights. From the Adachi Museum to the historic castle, and Mizuki Shigeru Road's series of comical bronze statues, the day is full of sights and includes a traditional Japanese lunch with regional delicacies.

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