Ichibata Electric Railway

Ichibata Electric Railway operate trains between Dentetsu Izumoishi and Izumo Taisha or Matsue.I rode their trains from Dentetsu Izumoshi to Izumo Taisha. The journey took about 20 minutes.A unique point of the railway company is that they use the trains which were previously used by the other railway companies.The attached photo is a train of Nankai Railway 3000 series, which was given to Ichibat...


Izumo Taisha

Izumo Taisha is one of the oldest and famous shrines in Japan, alongside Ise Jingu.The area of the shrine has a very spiritual atmosphere, especially the main hall's large sacred rope is very impressive.The way of worshiping at the main hall is different from many other shrines, most of which enshrine the emperor's ancestors.The practice applied for most shrine is 2 bows, clapping your hands twice...


Izumo Soba

"Izumo soba" is a buckwheat noodle widely eaten in Izumo area of Shimane prefecture.It's tray consists of a three-tiered stack. The soup needs to be poured directly into each tray before eating it.As you can seen from the attached photos, there are many food shops such as seafood restaurant in addition to soba shops near Izumo Taisha.If you visit Izumo Taisha, please enter the shops and enjoy the ...


Okayama Station - 2

The attached photos are the trains taken at JR West Okayama station.1. Shinkansen "Hikari Rail Star"This bullet train is an express type train running between Shin-Osaka and Hakata.Its commercial operation started in 2000. Even now it gets popular among many passengers with the comfortability of the seat.2. Limited express "Yakumo"I rode this train from Okayama to Izumo City. I sat on a business c...


Okayama Station - 1

For my Shimane trip in July 2016, I took a Shinkansen "Sakura" from Shin-Kobe to Okayama, and then I took a JR West's express train "Yakumo" from Okayama station and stayed at Izumo-shi.Attached the photos were taken at Okayama Station.At the station I had lunch at a restaurant, enjoyed omelets and muscat juice.Muscat is a specialty of Okayama and it is a very delicious fruit.When you visit Okayam...