Laura Payne

Laura Payne is a world-traveling teacher, writer, photographer and tea enthusiast. No matter where she goes, she always looks for skills to learn and stories to hear.

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Tachikue Gorge

Tachikue Gorge (Tachikuekyo)

A hidden gem near the second biggest city in Shimane Prefecture

Ichibata Yakushi

Ichibata Yakushi

Founded over 1,000 years ago, Ichibata Yakushi is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in Shimane Prefecture. It’s a pilgrimage site and a popular autumn leaf viewing destination among other claims...

Mount Sanbe

Mount Sanbe

Visit Mount Sanbe in autumn for the best views, natural hot springs and a fun day outdoors.


Gakuen-ji Temple

The most famous autumn leaf viewing spot in Shimane Prefecture

Oni no Shitaburui

Oni no Shitaburui Gorge

A prefectural nature park and a hidden gem for hikers and culture buffs.

Daisendaki Falls

Daisendaki Falls

One of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan.

Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato

Daisen Makiba Milk no Sato

Meet Tottori’s famous dairy cows.

Kagikake Pass

Kagikake Pass

One of the most famous viewpoints of Mount Daisen.

Kaka no Kukedo

Kaka no Kukedo Sea Caves

The birthplace of a deity, a place of spiritual limbo and the scenery of the coast.

Fumon-in - Temple gate.1

Fumon-in Temple

If the ghost stories don’t scare you away, you can enjoy some local tea culture.

matsue bridge

Matsue Ohashi Bridge

Travel to the bridge’s southern side and see remnants of two local legends