It isn’t the best old picture but old is where it’s at when we go temple hunting. This is Izumo Taisha in Shimane Prefecture, near Izumo City. It’s a long way from Kansai and a hundred different beautiful drives await those with the desire to drive the country. Forget about the expressway ….. those should only be used when you have to get from A to B in the minimum time, provided of course there aren’t any traffic jams! Heading out straight north on the 176 from Smith’s Kotoen is a snap! スミス英会話 甲東園校
Through Hyogo, Okayama, Tottori and Hiroshima Prefectures there are several routes to take through the countryside en route to Izumo Taisha. Northern Hiroshima is especially interesting because so few people venture into that area; it has really maintained an old-world atmoshphere. Locals are genuinely pleased to see the trickle of visitors here and there, those who just love driving through the lush green country like me, and those who must apparently have lost their way and ended up somewhere they weren’t prepared for. Well those are exactly the kinds of places that make rewarding visits and great conversation for the students at the Smith’s School in Kotoen スミス 英会話 甲東園.
The food is wonderful, the rice has a different taste, the traditional arts and crafts have not been commercialized. By the time you get to Izumo Taisha you’ll see a bit of kitch, but all in all the area of Western Shimane has maintained and preserved much of its tradition and it feels like a logical progression after driving through the northern Hiroshima country.
Izumo Taisha is a must for couples praying for an addition to their family. We’ve been there three times and it hasn’t worked for us yet but that’s only because we’re predicting two sets of twins to come at the last minute!
Martin Werner Zander
Smith’s School of English Kotoen 月謝制 Monthly Tuition English Conversation School