Minami-kan, well known for this beautiful garden is a traditional hotel located in Shimane Prefecture. This ryokan has a 130 year history, and it is an absolutely beautiful place to stay.
There are 14 different kinds of rooms, and each room maintains Japanese tradition while incorporating the essence of modernity. We were welcomed by matcha with traditional Japanese sweets. Our room was spacious and stylish, and the view over their beautiful sand garden was excellent.
The menu is traditional Japanese food. Each meal was beautifully presented, and the entire dinner was a feast for all senses. The choice of ingredients, the cooking, and the presentation were just phenomenal for dinner and breakfast.
Minami-kan is located in Matue City, the capital city of Shimane Prefecture. Matsue is often called “City of Water” due to the prominence of the lakes, the river and canals in the city-scape and scenery. Although it remains the smallest capital city of all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, the city offers a number of attractions that retain traditional Japanese charm and culture.
Izumo-Taisha is located in Izumo city, one and half hours train ride from Matsue. You can also rent a car and drive for an hour to get there. Izumo-Taisha is known as one of Japan’s most important shrines. Is is believed to be one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan, and you might encounter a Japanese couple having a wedding ceremony.
Adachi-Museum of Art is well known for their beautiful traditional Japanese garden. It was voted the best garden in Japan for 14 consecutive years so we had high expectations, and it did not disappoint. The museum is accessible by a free shuttle bus from JR Yasugi Station. You will find the timetable on their official website. Don’t forget to take a ticket for the return bus on entering the museum! It is about a 40 minute drive away from Matsue city. If you’re in Shimane prefecture, you must give it a visit.
Overall, Minami-kan was a wonderful place to stay. Their traditional garden, rooms, food, and service were remarkable. Shimane Prefecture is usually not on the regular tourist map for Japan, but it is less crowded compared to Tokyo, Osaka, or Kyoto. If you want to experience the real Japan, I recommend you visit Shimane Prefecture and stay in Minami-kan. You will not regret it!