The seventh largest lake in Japan

Lake Shinji

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The seventh largest in Japan, Lake Shinji contains a mixture of both fresh and saltwater due to its link to the Japan Sea via Lake Nakaumi. This unique natural environment has given the lake a bounty of fish and is the source of its seven delicacies: clams, whitebait, eel, shrimp, bass, smelt, and carp.

One of the best ways to enjoy the lake is to walk along the promenade in central Matsue City, not far from the station. This is the perfect spot to witness glorious sunsets and sunrises. If your hotel is nearby, it really is worth the early morning and early evening walk over.

A boat cruise will give you a great perspective of the city and the marine environment around the lake. There are over 7000 hectares of protected wetlands around Lake Shinji, with a large variety of waterfowl and sea life.

Take advantage of the hot spring resorts located along the lake. Many offer bathing only options if you are not planning on staying the night.

A lakeside must-visit is the Shimane Art Museum, which has an extensive collection of art and arguably the most scenic view of the lake.

Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Matsue Station. Lake Shinji is about a 10 minute walk from JR Matsue Station.


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.
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