One of the highlights of our trip to Shimane Prefecture was visiting Yushien Garden, a large Japanese garden noted for its peonies. We were there off-season – spring had yet to fully arrive – but it was beautiful nevertheless! We had the grounds almost all to ourselves. Ah, it was so peaceful and quiet! It's highly worth a visit if you enjoy Japanese gardens. (And did I buy a plant from their garden store? Why, yes! Yes, I did!)
Yushien Garden: www.japan-guide.com/e/e5807.html
Several of the days during our trip were miserable – grey, cold, and drizzly. However, that didn't stop us from enjoying local sightseeing spots. It was just lousy weather for taking photographs!
Here are a few places we dropped by.
For many years, I heard from friends about the Adachi Museum of Art in Shimane Prefecture. They all raved about it – especially about the gardens. After many years of dreaming about it, we finally managed to get there, and it did not disappoint! We were there off-season, and so spring had only just begun. Regardless, the gardens were stunning, as were the twentieth-century paintings and artworks on display. I loved the more modern pieces in the annex the most. Some brought me to tears.
The gardens are not particularly old – the museum was founded in 1970 – but since 2003, they has been ranked the best in Japan by the "Journal of Japanese Gardening". I can certainly see why! (My photos hardly do the gardens justice. I highly recommend doing an online search.)
Adachi Museum of Art Homepage (in English): https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/
After arriving in Shimane Prefecture for a short stay, my husband and I went for a walk to explore the area around our lodgings. My husband had seen a small shrine called Sasafuku Jinja on the map and wanted to check it out so off we went. We saw only a few people, mostly elderly ladies working in their gardens, and just enjoyed the peace and quiet of being outside on a beautiful day.
For more information (in Japanese but with lovely photos): https://www.nichinan-trip.jp/culture/sasafuku-jinja/
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