The city of Oda is just outside the limits of Izumo, about
45 minutes to one hour by car. It is accessible by train, but the San-In line
only comes few times a day, is slow, and
often late. Also, nothing is within walking distance to Oda Station.
I recommend exploring the area by car. I have divided the
Oda activities up into two regions, which are about an hour apart form one
another: Mt. Sanbe region and Iwami Ginzan region
Before you climb Mt. Sanbe, visit Sanbe Burger, at the
foothills of the park. You might recognize Sanbe Burger from Izumo, but this is
the original. Definitely worth a stop. You will need the calories if you plan
to climb to Sanbe.
Mt. Sanbe or Sanbe-San, as it is known in Japanese, is the generic name for a range of mountains in Japan. Osanbe San is the tallest. There is also Ko-Sanbe, which is a steep course, involving climbing on all fours, and Jo-Sanbe, which is much easier, but offers a strange and surreal view from the top, covering with netting.
I have personally climbed Ko Sanbe, Jo-Sanbe and O-Sanbe.
Here are some images from those hikes:
After climbing the mountain, you will be a sweaty mess. How
about rinsing off at the nearby Sanbe Onsen, an internationally famous place
with traditional outdoor baths. Usually people with tattoos are not allowed in
Japanese Onsens, but Sanbe welcomes them. Admission is cheap and I usually
spend about 1 hour at the onsen.
After the Onsen, I recommend dinner at Café Doma. This was
one of my go-to cafes in Shimane, but it also serves great food. I recommend
the curry rice, or whatever their seasonal special is. Here are some photos
from this great café.
|things got pretty narrow|
|but at least it was well lit|
After visiting the mines, which was surround by Shimane’s
lush and beautiful scenery, I recommend having coffee or lunch in the mining
town. Café Cagliari serves excellent coffee and muffins. The gregarious owner
lived in Italy for a while and will spare you no detail if you are willing to
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