Boost Positive Energy and Peaceful Mind in Izumo, and Eat Delicious Food!

Publish-date: Jan 15 2019 Update-date: Jan 31 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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Boost Positive Energy and Peaceful Mind in Izumo, and Eat Delicious Food!

Izumo is popular as a date spot and as a sacred place to pray for good luck. Especially renowned for the Izumo Taisha (Grand Shrine), which is dedicated to the god of marriage and the god of good fortune, Izumo also offers lots of delicacies during each season of the year, like Shimane Wagyu (a type of high-quality beef), Oki rock oysters, Yamato shijimi (clams), Tsuda turnips, and Oki snow crab. After you visit the shrine and get your boost of good luck, why not stop by a nice restaurant to enjoy Shimane cuisine and other dishes made with local products? It's also a great area for dates or trips with friends! 

1. Kanunro

1. Kanunro
You can taste Izumo's traditional cuisine at this restaurant located at the foot of Izumo Taisha.
Buckwheat seeds are milled into a flour used to make fragrant and nourishing dark-colored soba (noodles). This soba, which is called [Izumo Soba], is then arranged in a round bowl called "warigo," topped with condiments, and eaten with sauce. Don't miss this chance to savor the traditional flavors of Izumo after your visit to the shrine.
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
The [Uzu-Ni Zen] is an assortment tray including uzu-ni, a traditional pufferfish stew of the Izumo Taisha
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
The [Ancient Izumo Delicacies Assortment] is served in dishes modeled after ancient Sue pottery.

Kanunro

Open: Lunch 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Dinner 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm (L.O. 8:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 1,500 JPY / [Lunch] 1,500 JPY
Access: 2-minute walk from Izumo Taisha
Address: 489-1, Kizuki Higashi, Taisha-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane (Map)
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2. Matsushima

2. Matsushima
Here, you can savor Koizu tilefish, either grilled or as sashimi.
Scorched only slightly on the skin to bring out the sweetness from the fat, this restaurant's [Koizu Tilefish Yakishimo-zukuri] is a fantastic sashimi dish you must absolutely try. Considered a top-rated brand of fish, Koizu tilefish comes also grilled Izumoji-style and Saka-style.
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
In the [Koizu Tilefish Saka Shio-yaki], the grilled fish is sprinkled with sake to make it super fluffy and fragrant
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
In the [Koizu Tilefish Izumoji-yaki], the fish is opened up and grilled with the scales on

Matsushima

Open: 6:00 pm - 10:30 pm *Lunch service available only with a reservation. Reservation recommended for dinner as well.
Closed: Irregular
May be closed any day between Monday and Wednesday.
Average price: [Dinner] 4,000 JPY *Courses from 2,700 JPY to 5,400 JPY / [Lunch] 2,000 JPY *Open for lunch only on a reservation basis (lunch courses must be ordered in advance)
Access: 10-minute walk from Izumoshi Station heading north-east. It's south-east of Imaichi Elementary, next to the Imaichi Crossing on Route 9.
Address: 283-1, Imaichi-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane (Map)
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3. Hanamomen

3. Hanamomen
Pair local sake (a type of Japanese alcohol) with dishes like [Lake Shinji Shijimi Clams] and [Izumo Soba Croquettes] at this restaurant.
Shijimi clams from Lake Shinji are particularly fluffy and meaty. Order this restaurant's [Sake-Steamed Shijimi] to enjoy their umami (Japanese savory taste), and make sure you pair it with a local liquor from Shimane. As an area with environmental conditions notoriously suitable to sake brewing, Shimane Prefecture offers a wide choice of shochu (another type of Japanese alcohol) and sake brands.
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
You'll find lots of local sake from Shimane, an area well-known for its superb liquors
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
The [Izumo Soba Croquettes] stuffed with soba and bean curd lees. Enjoy them with the sauce

Hanamomen

Open: From 5:30 pm (L.O. 11:00 pm)
Closed: Irregular
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: From the South Exit of Izumoshi Station, proceed straight, cross the Aka River and you'll find it on your right. It's a 2-minute walk.
Address: 3-3, Ekiminami-machi, Izumo-shi, Shimane (Map)
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4. Tsubameya

4. Tsubameya
Head here to enjoy 2 types of nabe (hot pot) filled with offal of Shimane Wagyu.
Made with plenty of Shimane Wagyu offals, the base of this restaurant's [Hot Spicy Miso Offal Nabe] consists of Japanese-style broth and a special spicy miso that combines homemade yangnyeom (a spicy Korean sauce) with Haccho miso. The menu also offers daily specials made with local products like the [Shimane Uppurui Natural Rock Nori].
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
The large shijimi clams in [Sake-steamed Shijimi] are caught in Lake Jinzai and have a fantastic texture
Pray for Good Fortune in Izumo and Eat Delicious Food!
Have a taste of the epic freshness of local seafood by ordering the [Sashimi Assortment]

Tsubameya

Open: 3:00 pm - 10:30 pm (L.O. 9:45 pm)
Closed: None
Irregular (generally always open)
Average price: [Dinner] 3,000 JPY
Access: 5-minute walk from the North Exit of Izumoshi Station
Address: 651, Imaichi-cho, Izumo-shi, Shimane (Map)
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Disclaimer: All information is accurate at time of publication.
Publish-date: Jan 15 2019 Update-date: Jan 31 2019
Author: SAVOR JAPAN

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