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Lake Shinji: A popular sunset viewing spot in Shimane Prefecture

By Laura Payne

Stretching 16 kilometers between Izumo and Matsue, Lake Shinji is the seventh-largest lake in Japan and one of the most famous natural features of Shimane Prefecture. It is also renowned nationally as one of Japan’s best 100 sunset spots and internationally recognized as a waterway of global importance under the Ramsar Convention.

Whether you want to play by the water, catch glimpses of migratory birds, try local delicacies or enjoy beautiful scenery, this lake has something to share.

Parks and activities

A great spot to unwind after exploring Shimane Image: PIXTA/ ばりろく

On the lake’s western side, visitors can observe local wildlife by exploring the nature trails of Shinjiko Green Park or visiting Gobius–a small aquarium dedicated to educating people about the animals of Shimane’s waterways.

Meanwhile, Lake Shinji’s eastern side is the best place to view sunsets and to help people enjoy these, Matsue City maintains multiple waterfront parks. Additionally, fans of bird’s eye views can visit the observation deck of San’in Godo Bank’s headquarters and see the lake’s expanse from fourteen stories up.

Boats are another way to enjoy the lake’s scenery. On the lake’s northern side, Aikanagisa Park offers kayak and swan boat rentals for those who want to try outdoor sports. From central Matsue, visitors can hop on the Lake Shinji Pleasure Cruise and take a tour with views of the cityscape and Yomegashima, the only island on Lake Shinji. This cruise runs multiple times a day from morning until sunset, providing options for how to enjoy the view.

Delicacies and events

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