Tokuyama Zoo Adds “The World's Most Beautiful Monkey” to the Family These monkeys are bringing their saucy red boots and smoldering gazes to Yamaguchi this summer. A Road Trip Guide From Izumo ・ Through the Mountains, Onsen, and Seas of San'in Drive through the prefectures of Shimane and Tottori for a tour of central San'in and all its natural beauty. Are You the Stone-Age Man Japan Is Searching For!? Yayoi Discoveries Spark an Ancient... This local government is hoping to find a modern lookalike for their ancient man. Secrets of San'in | Soak Away the Stress in the Soothing Beachside Hot Springs of Kaike... Not only are these hot spring waters relaxing, but they come with a great view, too. Secrets of San'in | Try a Taste of Tottori with Gyukotsu Ramen This savory and surprisingly light ramen is full of beefy flavor and local charm. Secrets of San'in | Take a Deep Dive into Tottori's Marine Life at the Museum of Sea and... Under the sea, under the sea! Explore a different side of Tottori (take it from me)! Secrets of San'in | Relish the Year-Round Beauty of Matsue's Yuushien Garden This traditional Japanese garden is the perfect place to enjoy Japan's natural beauty as it changes with the seasons! Secrets of San'in | Discover Miho Shrine's Peaceful Enclave in a Tiny Matsue Harbor Beloved by fishermen and tourists alike, this little shrine is just steps from the water. Secrets of San'in | Explore a Magical World of Flowers and Birds in the San'in City of... With begonias galore and more birds than you can even think of, this unique destination is a beautiful riot of color and sound. Secrets of San'in | Grab a Bike, Hop on a Train, and Enjoy the Beauty of Matsue's Lake... Circling this San'in region landmark by train and bike, travelers can look forward to gorgeous views and spectacular sunsets! Secrets of San'in | Get Hands-on in with Aizome in This Indigo-Dyed Yasugi Workshop The artisans at this workshop have been using aizome dye for generations, and now they're ready to teach you! Secrets of San'in | Laugh and Dance to Yasugi's Edo-era Yasugi-bushi These traditional Japanese performances are fun and light-hearted, and have been local favorites for centuries. Secrets of San'in | Meet Japan's Shinto Gods at Izumo Taisha and Inasanohama It's said that the gods of Japan gather each year in Izumo, so make sure to go and meet them while you're there! Secrets of San'in | Hike Mossy Green Trails and Discover Spiritual Enclaves in Tachikue... The green trees on these majestic rock faces hide a world of natural beauty, with temples, Buddhas, and amazing natural scenery straight from a Ghibli movie. Secrets of San'in | See Sacred Sunsets and Find Luck and Fortune at the Izumo's Cape of... Jutting out into the Sea of Japan, Hinomisaki is famed for sunsets and the lingering presence of Japan's Shinto gods. Check out Hinomisaki Lighthouse and Hinomisaki Shrine, too! Five Cities in San'in ・ Traveling Shimane, Tottori, and Japan's Otherworldly Realms Adventures at the top of green mountains and views under the blue sea, a trip to the world of the gods and a blast from the past, see it all in San'in! Tottori's White Rabbits Named Japan's Best Lesser-Known Souvenir Snacks in Nationwide... In Japan, souvenirs are food, and this competition was made to choose some of Japan's best underdog snacks and sweets. Yayoi Kusama's Pumpkin Has Been Swept Into the Sea off Naoshima Unable to save the iconic artwork from the typhoon, staff watched the pumpkin get swallowed by the waves. Japanese Summer Cooking Tips From Grandma ・ The Key to Making Somen Noodles Want to try making this classic summer treat at home? Somen is easy, refreshing, and more delicious than ever thanks to this cooking pro! The Best Sightseeing Spots in Okayama and Kagawa ・ From Legends of Momotaro and Urashima... Okayama on the island of Honshu and Kagawa on the island of Shikoku sandwich the Seto Inland Sea on either side, connected by the Great Seto Bridge, but also connected by similar legends and historical spots. Take a look at what this area has to offer in terms of gourmet meals and udon noodles, traditional crafts and workshops, and breathtakingly beautiful experiences! See Setouchi's Hiroshima and Ehime by Boat ・ Must-See Spots and Route Recommendations Hop on a ferry in the Setouchi area to make your way to some of the best sightseeing spots in Hiroshima and Ehime! A Traditional Japanese Garden in Shimane, with a Garden of Lights | Yuushien (由志園) From landscaping inspired by Izumo's famous sights to seasonal peonies and nighttime illumination, Yuushien Garden is beautiful whenever you visit. Tamatsukuri Onsen | Springs for the Gods, Springs for Beauties, Baths for Everyone Shimane's Tamatsukuri Onsen is famous for beautifying hot spring waters and one enormous mixed bath! Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park | Western Japan's Largest Flower Park Visit Tottori for a full 50 hectares of flowers that change throughout the seasons in front of a mountain backdrop.