Izumo (出雲) is a city along the rural Sanin Coast of the Sea of Japan. The area owes its fame to its crowning attraction and namesake, Izumo Taisha (Izumo Grand Shrine), one of Japan's oldest and most sacred Shinto shrines. With millennia-old legends surrounding its iconic shrine, and being within quick reach of history-rich Matsue, Izumo is a fantastic place to explore some of Japan's ancient history and mythology.

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