What to Eat Around Shimane Prefecture

The unique cuisine of Shimane Prefecture is delicious and varied. With traditional streets a common sight in Shimane’s cities, there are plenty of stalls and small shops to pick up delicious snacks to eat on the go which is perfect for a busy day of sightseeing. And when you’re ready for a sit down, make for the local restaurants for simple Shimane gastronomy at its best.

Yaki manju

Yaki manju
Yaki manju

Most commonly found in its steamed form, manju is a rice bun filled with azuki bean paste. The Shimane special is the fried manju, or yaki manju, which promises a warm and comforting spin on the standard manju. Fugetsudo Manju Confectionary Shop in the Kyomise district of Matsue City is a favourite among locals for picking up a flavour-filled yaki manju. Get to the shop early to avoid disappointment as the yaki manju sell out fast, as well as the castella cakes filled with tsubuan azuki bean paste.

Shimane imoni

Shimane imoni
Shimane imoni

Imoni is a dish often associated with the Tohoku region of Japan, but restaurants around Shimane also whip up a mean imoni broth eaten primarily in autumn when the temperature starts to cool. The main ingredient is taro, a glutinous potato with a soft flavour, mixed in with the Japanese citrus fruit yuzu and a couple of herbs. This subtle dish works as a palate cleanser and is best sipped between fish dishes such as white squid at Aoki Sushi in Tsuwano.

Izumo soba

Izumo soba
Izumo soba

A staple food in Izumo, soba noodle shops aren’t hard to come by on a walk around Izumo’s old streets. This local soba dish is uniquely prepared into three lacquer bowls with toppings served separately so you can add as much extra flavour as you wish. If you can’t make it to Izumo, Matsue City’s Kigaru restaurant pays homage to the special soba dish in a traditional, unpretentious establishment a 10-minute walk from Matsue Castle.

Inari zushi

Inari zushi
Inari zushi

A sushi little known outside of Japan and very much untraditional when compared to the iconic fish-topped sashimi and maki rolls, inari zushi comes served as a triangle of rice wrapped in a layer of sweet fried tofu. While this wholesome snack is common enough to be found in the local 7-Eleven a freshly cooked batch has a taste of its own. After a visit to Taikodani Inari Shrine in Tsuwano, head straight to Mimatsu Shokudo to refuel on this sweet and savoury treat.

Genji maki

Genji maki
Genji maki

Genji maki is an otherworldly dessert created from a fusion of the best of French and Japanese sweets. Sweet crepes are embellished with a generous filling of red bean paste then rolled up and sliced into mouth-size bites once done. This delicious snack can be picked up in Tsuwano from Yamamoto Fumido, a charming, traditional Japanese sweet shop in the Kanoashi District.

Facility Name
Matsue
Address
Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Asahimachi
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Fugetudo
Address
Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hiratachou 1708-1 Hirata shopping center ViVA1F
Phone
0853625951
Business hours
10:00-19:00
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Tsuwano
Address
Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Sushi Kappo Aoki
Address
Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Lee 78-10
Phone
0856720444
Business hours
11-15 (14:30LO), 17-22 (21:30LO)
Regular holiday
Tuesday (sales in the case of a public holiday)
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine
Address
Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda 409
Phone
0856720219
Hours
8:00-18:00
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
This is one of Japan’s five great Inari shrines to the harvest god, known as “Tsuwano Oinarisan.” It is also written as “Inari” incorporating the meanings of having one’s desires fulfilled and great ambitions achieved. In 1773 the lord of the Tsuwano domain Norisada Kamei invited the deity’s spirit from Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto and built the shrine. The front shrine and main shrine rebuilt in 1969 can be seen after passing through the vermillion-lacquered torii gate corridor offered by believers. Fried tofu and candles for making an offering can be bought at the shop.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Yoshimatu Dining Hall
Address
Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Russia 59-13
Phone
0856720077
Business hours
10-17
Regular holiday
Wednesday (one day, in the case of holiday business)
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Yamamotofumido
Address
Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Kubo town B 479-1
Phone
0856721012
Information Sources:
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    Yamamotofumido

    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Kubo town B 479-1
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    Yoshimatu Dining Hall

    Eat out/Cafe/Bar/Pub
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Russia 59-13
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    Sushi Kappo Aoki

    Eat out/Cafe/Bar/Pub
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda Lee 78-10
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    Matsue

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    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Asahimachi
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    Tsuwano

    Transportation
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda
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    Fugetudo

    Shopping
    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hiratachou 1708-1 Hirata shopping center ViVA1F
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    Taikodani Inari Jinja Shrine

    Travel/Sightseeing
    Shimane Pref. Kanoashiguntsuwanochou Ushiroda 409
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    Izumo Soba Kigaru

    Eat out/Cafe/Bar/Pub
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Ishibashichou 400-1
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