Tamatsukuri-onsen Hot Spring
Tamatsukuri-onsen is a historical hot spring town representing the San-in area, considered to have been established as early as the Nara Period (710-794). Along the Tamayu-gawa River (running from Lake Shinji-ko), you can find high-class Japanese inns in the sukiya-style, creating a unique atmosphere. It is conveniently located for Izumoji sightseeing, being close to Izumo-taisha Shrine and Matsue. It is regarded that this place was named Tamatsukuri, or "bead making," since high quality blue agate was mined at Mt. Kasen-zan (situated in this area) and because the production of this comma-shaped gem had been active in those days. There are some related museums and facilities where you can try your hand at making jewels from this stone.
Directions: Exit at JR Tamatsukuri-onsen Station (San-in Line).
Tamatsukuri, Tamayu-cho, Matsue, Shimane