Lake Shinji-ko is Japan's seventh largest lake. The sunset over the lake is noted for its vivid colors and beauty nationwide. Especially the sunset over the Yome-ga-shima islet in the lake is a photographer's favorite.
With a combination of both fresh and salt water, Lake Shinji-ko is home to a wide variety of fish and calm species. Only second to its sunset, the lake is most synonymous with its haul of Shijimi clams, which are incorporated in various local dishes. The sight and sounds of the early morning fishers speckled across the lake offer a peaceful view for early risers.
The Yome-ga-shima islet with a circumference of only 240 meters is the sole island in the lake. There is a legend about the formation of the island, telling the tragic tale of a young newly-wed bride who was desperately unhappy in her new home and who wished to return home to Matsue. As it was winter, the lake was frozen over, and the quickest route was to cross directly over the lake. Whether she simply did not notice, or whether it was out of sheer desperation to return we do not know, but she continued on despite the ice forming cracks beneath her. Before reaching the shore, she fell through the ice and drowned. It is said that the gods witnessed her misfortune, and so raised Yome-ga-shima islet to float atop the water's surface, where the young woman's soul could see the lights at night of her beloved Matsue.
- Open 24 hours
- Sightseeing Boat: 9:30 - 17:00 *varies according to the season
- No closing days
Price / Entrance Fee
- Admission Free
- Sightseeing Boat: 1,450 yen (General, Adult)
- Sightseeing Boat: 720 yen (Child)
Access / Public Transport
- 15 minutes walk from JR Matsue Station
- Short walk from Matsue Shinjiko-Onsen Station on the Kita-Matsue Line
- Sightseeing Boat (Boarding point No.2): 5 minutes walk from JR Matsue Station
- 宍道湖遊覧船白鳥観光 (Only available in Japanese)
Address / Location
- 150, Higashiasahimachi, Matsue-shi, Shimane, 690-0001