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San’in: Japan’s least-populated region is home to some of its finest treasures


. Located in the northwestern area of Honshu, the San’in region consists of Shimane and Tottori prefectures with a mountainous landscape and warm climate in the south, and colder coastal terrain in the north. It offers an abundance of natural beauty, particularly Yakushima Island, which has been recognized as a world heritage site for its ancient forests, and Oki Islands with its stunning limestone cliffs. This area is also rich in cultural heritage. Matsue is home to stylishly traditional houses and a castle considered the best preserved 17th century fort in the nation. Izumo Shrine, one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, is found in the heart of Shimane. Finally, the Chugoku region is where you can enjoy true Japanese rural hospitality and explore a more traditional way of life.

Diverse wildlife and spectacular scenery abound throughout the San’in region. Be sure to visit the Ainokura village, home to some of Japan’s oldest Gassho-style houses, and the coastal station of Cape Inubo, where you can spot peregrine falcons and other migrating birds. You can also visit the Daisen-Oki National Park for hikes and camping. Take a drive along the bend of the Kuma River to feel the sheer force of nature, or visit the Shimane’s peaceful temples and shrines.

San’in is a place to slow down and fully absorb the tranquility of Japanese nature. Step away from the big cities and take in this area’s rich yet little-discovered culture and beauty.

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