Matsue Castle is in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture and was completed in 1611. Matsue Castle, also known as black or Plover castle, is the second largest Japanese Castle. In 1875 all the Read more [...]
Izumo Taisha Shrine, also known as Izumo Oyashiro, is considered to be one of the most important Shinto Shrines in Japan. Izumo Taisha Shrine is in Izumo of Shimane Prefecture, which is close to Matsue. Izumo Taisha Shrine is dedicated to the god Okuninushi which famous as the Shinto deity of marriage. In 1952 the main hall, Izumo Taisha, and its attached buildings were designated National Treasures of Japan. Izumo Taisha Shrine complex includes several other buildings that are designated Important Cultural Properties. The current Izumo Taisha (main hall) was built in 1744, which replaced the one built around 1200AD, which was smaller than the original Izumo Taisha. There is no known date of construction of the original main hall, but records from 950AD record its height as 48m.