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General information

Masuda (Japanese: 益田市) is a middle town within Shimane prefecture in the Chūgoku region. Sister city of Masuda is Ningbo in China.

Masuda has an airport. In the city there is a fishing harbour. With its 7 train stations, Masuda is connected to regional rail.

Famous persons connected with Masuda are Kaoru Iwamoto (1902 - 1999), Sahachiro Hata (1873 - 1938) and Hitomaro Kakinomoto (660 - 720).

Tourist attraction


Top destinations for your sightseeing are the Sesshu garden (jap. 雪舟庭園) throughout the year, the Toon narcissus park (jap. 唐音水仙公園) from 12/11 to 02/20 and the Hikimi gorge (jap. 匹見峡) from 04/21 to 11/30.

The Nanao castle, nowadays in ruins, was built in the year 1428.

The oldest building in the city was constructed in the year 1374 and is named Manpuku-temple main hall.

The Takatsu-river (jap.: 高津川) is worth another visit, where you can experience the River without any dams. Another attraction is the Ishimi Kagura (jap.: 石見神楽), where the Local performing arts of western area of Shimane prefecture raises the interest of visitors.


Masuda is culturally rich. National heritage respectively national treasure are the Manpuku-temple and the Masuda's Chateau remains.


Attention please! The Suigo-festival fireworks will take place. There will be 3.500 rockets shot into the air. You can best watch the venue from the Takatsu riverbeds.

Onsen / Hot spring

Wellness and health? In Masuda no Problem. The hot spring Araiso-Onsen Araiso-kan is recognized for its positive effect on Recovery from fatigue and invites you to relax. The address is Nishi-Hirabara-cho. In addition, the city is blessed with the other hot spring Hikimi-kyo Onsen Yasuragi-no-Yu which helps among others at Neuralgia. Go for this to Hikimi-cho Hikimi I 713.


What Masuda travellers should culinary try is the Squid sashimi. Tagosaku in Akagi-cho 10-3 offers this delicious treat. The Venus clam is another delicacy. Gourmets can eat this in the Sushi-place Minori (Address: Ekimae-cho 11-7).


Do you already own a souvenir from Masuda? You could buy for example Egg buns, available in the Chicken egg hall.


The plum flower in Masuda is from 02/01 to 02/28 and is in the Manyo park (jap. 万葉公園) the most beautiful. Discover the cherry blossom in Masuda from 03/11 to 04/10, best in the Iko-temple (jap. 医光寺). Summer beauty brings the lotus flower from 07/11 to 08/20. See it in the Sukumo-hillock mound (jap. スクモ塚古墳). The maple tree changing colour is the highlight in the romantic autumn. Discover in the Hikimi gorge (jap. 匹見峡), how the leaves turn from golden yellow to shining red from around 11/01 and the changing of colours lasts until 11/10. To mention in Masuda is the Wisteria in flower, which you can see in the Manyo park (jap. 万葉公園) from 05/01 to 05/31.