About us

We’ve moved.

Please go to iwami-travelguide.com

If we were more tech savvy, we could redirect you. Sorry.

We are students at the Faculty of Policy Studies, University of Shimane in western Japan. Shimane is a rural prefecture, geographically remote from the larger cities, cut off from the nearest major city of Hiroshima by the Chugoku mountain range. Consequently Shimane has retained many of the unique traditions and architecture of ancient Japan. Overseas visitors are few and those who do make it here are puzzled by the lack of English information about the area.

In our seminar class,  we are creating a guidebook to this region. Once a month we get into the university’s old minibus and drive around the countryside, researching the best places in the Iwami region for you. We hope that this site will be useful for overseas visitors and newcomers to Shimane.

Like us on Facebook, please! We’re also on Twitter and Instagram. Please contact us via Facebook if you are looking for information about Shimane. We’ll do our best to help you.

Best Wishes from Kane Seminar 2014 -2017: Chiaki, Eri, Hitomi, Honoka, Ka Etsu, Narumi, Nori, Rumi, Ruri, Shiho, Tomomi, Yui.

And 2010-2013: Takuya, Tomoharu, Yuki, Hiro, Natsuki, Aiko, Shota, Nobu,  Kaori, and Emi.

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9 Responses to About us

  1. Jason says:

    I look forward to future posts!


  2. D says:

    How about some detailed information on Kanagi? And also any information about uniques artists? interviews with craftspeople there? etc.

    • Thanks for your comment. We can only visit sites once a month since we have content areas of the curriculum to cover in this class. Kanagi is, however, one of the places we hope to visit next semester, along with Sakurae and Mizuho. We’re hoping to move from a blog platform to a proper website, too, so that it’s easier for readers to find their way around.
      The site is a work in progress! The final deadline for pieces about Hamada is next week so if you check back later, we should have more information.
      As for info on Kanagi, in the meantime, try this
      Unfortunately it’s only in Japanese. But it is a lovely onsen and you don’t have to stay over to bathe.

  3. Mathew says:

    Great job! I’ve been thinking about going to Arifuku Onsen for some time. I didn’t know they had private baths. It sounds like a wonderful onsen town. 🙂

  4. Andrew Small says:

    Wow, thank you so much for putting this together! I appreciate your hard work 🙂

  5. David Drumm says:

    Wow, you’re English is really good!
    I lived in the Iwami region for 4 years. Totemo natsukashii!

  6. kirù says:

    Hello, I just found this travel guide and I think it’s great! I’m italian, I was searching information about Tsuwano to visit it in my next travel in Japan, and here I found a lot of useful information! Thank you!

    • Thank you. The students will be pleased to hear that their site has been helpful. We visited Tsuwano in Autumn 2010 so the info is not so up to date. Still, the main sightseeing spots have not changed! If you can visit for the Yabusame festival in April or the Heron Dance in summer, you would see some really unique aspects of Japanese culture.

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