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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!
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.
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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].