Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo

Basic data

Facility summary and accessibility conditions

This is a prefectural museum focusing on the history of Shimane.
It mainly holds expositions on the history and culture of the Ancient Izumo area.
It displays real items such as bronze swords, bell-shaped bronze vessels dōtaku, bronze spearheads, some of which are National Treasures.
They also have a 1/10 scale replica of the Izumo Shrine in the Heian era, which expresses the long history of ancient Izumo.
Besides, it’s known for being designed by world-famous architect Fumihiko Maki.
There are no bumps in the museum and the aisles are wide and easy to move along.
Wheelchair and audio guidance loaning are available.

Address 99-4 Kizukihigashi, Taisha-chō, Izumo, Shimane
Telephone 0853-53-8600
Fax 0853-53-5350
E-mail Please use the contact form on the website.
Reception hours 9:00 - 18:00 (November - February: 9:00 - 17:00)
Regular holidays

The third Tuesday of every month (If national holiday, then the following day is closed.)

Transportation, closest station, bus stop

Nearest Station and Bus stops - Ichibata Train: Get off at Izumo Taisha Mae Station.
10 minutes on foot. - Ichibata Bus: Take the bus to Izumo Taisha-Hinomisaki (around 25 minutes).
Get off at the Seimon Mae Bus stop.
2 minutes on foot. - Ichibata Bus: Get off at Kodai Izumo Rekishi Hakubutsukan Mae bus stop.
Just nearby.
Trains - Ichibata Train (at the time of getting on and off, there’s a ramp.)
Dentetsu Izumo-shi Station (there’s an elevator) → Kawato Station (sometimes, there can be transfer at the nearby track) → Get off at the Izumo Taisha Mae Station (you can pass through the ticket barrier without stairs) → 10 minutes on foot.
Buses Ichibata Bus (inquiry required for low floor bus schedule and wheelchair use) To Izumo Taisha - Hinomisaki, Izumo-shi Eki, Bus stop 1 → (about 25 minutes) → Seimon Mae.
To Izumo Taisha (North Line, Via Winery) Izumo-shi Eki, Bus stop 1 → (about 35 minutes) → Kodai Izumo Rekishi Hakubutsukan Mae.

Bumps at the entrance


Entrance width 80cm or more
Accessible bathroom
Bathroom entrance width 87cm
Accessible parking space

Yes (6)

Wheelchair loaning


Multilingual information Partially available
Display items with multilingual explanation Partially available
Multilingual pamphlets Available
Staff fluent in foreign languages

Not available

Wifi connection Yes
Audio (English) guidance


Accesible data

Photo Comment
View View
Accessible parking space Accessible parking space
In front of the entrance East side entrance
 Braille information board Braille information board at east side entrance, push cart, powered wheelchair (power for up and down only), baby carriage, etc.
Reception at entrance Reception at entrance.
Attendant always present
Audio guide Audio guide, written conversation board, tactile graphics for the building, at the reception
Display information Inside the exhibition hall
Replica of Otoriosame chōgin There are some display items that you can touch (picture of replica of Otoriosame chōgin, said to be offered to the Royal Palace by Mōri Motonari, which is 16 cm long and weighs 160 g).
Inside of the accessible bathroom Accessible bathroom inside the building (accessible bathrooms are available inside the building, at the accessible parking space, and in the experience factory.)

Inspector’s comments

A visually impaired person (complete blindness) / Female
I enjoyed the visit because in the exhibition hall there’s audio guidance, display items that can be touched, and an experience section.

At the east side entrance, there’s an instruction bell and a Braille information board is installed. Upon entering, I heard an audio announcement saying: “The information board is this way,” which made it relatively easy to find.
At the right side of the information board, there’s an intercom through which you can talk with the staff.

At the reception, you can borrow a portable laminated tactile graphics sheet for the building, which makes it possible to know the location of the exhibition halls and bathrooms.
From the entrance to the exhibition hall, there are Braille blocks installed, leading your way.

A while after entering the building, you hear the audio guidance, convenient for knowing the direction of reception and bathrooms.
There’s a service for keeping your luggage, which makes your visit light.

By making a reservation, it’s possible to get support from trained staff members or volunteer guides.