Cruise the birthplace of the gods

Kaka-no-Kukedo Sightseeing Boat

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Kaka-no-Kukedo Sightseeing Boat is the vessel that takes you on a journey through the birthplace of the gods of the Izumo pantheon, who are revered in the Shinto spiritual system as having created the universe and built the country. Although this is the case, many of these gods are thought to be of foreign origin with only a few having roots in Japan. There are many local myths associated with the caves in this region, making a visit a compelling experience.

With eight scheduled departures per day from 9:20am to 4:20pm, the fifty minute Kukedo course takes you to New Kukedo and Old Kukedo caves, past Katsura Island and finally back to Marine Plaza Port. From there, you can visit Kaka Shrine, where the two of the main gods of Izumo reside.

The lovely sunsets and sunrises are famed in the region and were also appreciated by the nationally acclaimed naturalized Japanese writer Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn), who visited Kaka-no-Kukedo on the mission the learn about its myths and legends.

Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Matsue Station. Take the bus from JR Matsue Station to Marine Gate Shimane. Transfer to the Shimane Community Bus. Take the Shimane Community Bus to Marine Plaza.

About the Area

Matsue is the vibrant capital city of Shimane Prefecture that has been shaped by its feudal heritage as a castle town and its unique location on Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi and the Japan Sea. The city center is dominated by the presence of Matsue Castle and its surrounding canals. This area is also a cultural zone as it is home to museums and historic quarters. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the city is from the water and there are several cruise companies that make this possible.

Cancellation Policy

1) Detailed tour information & conditions will be given after application is made; please read and confirm the final itinerary before the departure date.
2) Reservations: Fill out the application contact form; application is complete upon payment. Reservations accepted by phone, mail, fax, online, or other communicative methods. The contract is not valid at time of reservation; the customer will be asked to submit an application form and payment within 3 days from time of reservation. If application form and payment are not submitted within the term, the reservation shall be considered void.
3) Items not included in tour price: Transportation costs not included in itinerary, optional tour fees, excess baggage fees, any fees of a personal nature (phone bills, meal costs, etc.) Items excluded from the tour will be stated in the tour information.
4) Cancellation fees: When the application is cancelled by the customer or when payment has not been made by the specified date, Ryobi Tours shall receive a percentage of the per person tour fee as a cancellation fee, or a penalty fee. Differences in room charges that result from one person in a group cancelling shall be charged to the participating person(s).

Cancellation Date Up to 21 days prior 20-8 days prior 7-2 days prior Day prior to start of tour Day of tour After start of tour/non-participation with no contact
Cancellation Fee No charge 20% of tour fee 30% of tour fee 40% of tour fee 50% of tour fee 100% of tour fee