Shimane is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chugoku region of Honshu. Bordering Yamaguchi Prefecture to the southwest, Hiroshima Prefecture to the south, and Tottori Prefecture to the east. It governs the Oki Islands in the Sea of Japan.
Izumo Taisha Shrine is famous in Shimane is one of the oldest Shinto shrines dedicated to Okuninushi-no-mikoto, which is popularly known as the deity of nation building and good marriage. From this reason, many young Japanese visit this Shrine all year round.
6% of the total area are designated as Natural Parks, Quasi-National Parks and Prefectural Natural Parks.