Yasugi (安来市) is a city at the eastern end of Shimane Prefecture. As of April 2021, Yasugi had a population of approximately 36,700 people.
Directly to the west is the town of Higashi Izumo and then Matsue. Directly to the east is the city of Yonago (Tottori Prefecture). On October 1, 2004, the towns of Hakuta and Hirose merged with the city of Yasugi. Formerly important for its steel production, it currently is best known for the comedic yasugibushi dance and as the home to the Adachi Museum of Art.
Izumo Airport (出雲空港, IZO) in Izumo to the west, has flights to major Japanese cities and is about 90 minutes away by car. The airport in Yonago, to the east just across the prefectural boundary, is the nearest airport and has a flight to Seoul.
Yasugi is on the Sanin Main Line, which runs along western Honshu's Japan Sea coast, starting in Kyoto and passing through Tottori Prefecture on its way to Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture.
There are no night buses in and out of Yasugi. If coming by bus from a large city such as Tokyo take a bus to Yonago and then take the train into Yasugi. The bus terminal in Yonago is next to the train station. You could also take a bus to Matsue and then catch a local train to Yasugi.
- Taxi. There are numerous taxi companies in Yasugi. Taxis can usually be found in front of Yasugi Station. Also, as you exit the station, if you turn left and walk about a block you will find a taxi company that is open 24 hours a day. The Yasugi City homepage maintaines a list of taxi companies and their contact information.
The Yonagi Tourist Assn also has a number of rental bicycles you can use to get around the city (8:30AM-6PM Apr-Oct, 8:30AM-5PM Sep-Mar). Rates are for regular bicycles ¥400 for the first 4 hours, then ¥100 for every hour thereafter, and for electric bikes, ¥1000 for the first 4 hours, and then ¥200 for every hour thereafter.
- Adachi Museum of Art (足立美術館), 320 Furukawa-cho (Free bus from Yasugi Stn every 20-40 min), ☎ 085-428-7111, . 9AM-5PM, to 5:30PM Apr-Sept. Although it is an art museum, Adachi is most famous for its gorgeous 43,000 square meter garden, deemed Japan's best garden for 18 years straight. However, visitors can only view it through windows inside the museum. The museum itself has a collection of 130 works by Yokoyama Taikan, one of Japan's foremost visual artists, as well as many works by modern Japanese artists, and the Ceramic Art Hall showcases works by some of Japan's greatest potters, including Kawai Kanjiro (a native of Yasugi) and Kitaoji Rosanjin (no exhibit photography allowed). Foreign tourists get a ¥300 discount, and it is well worth the visit if you have an interest in 20th century artwork and Japanese gardens. ¥2300, recorded English tours ¥500. edit
- Yasugibushi Theater (安来節演芸館), 534 Furukawa-cho, ☎ 085-428-9500, . 9AM-5PM. Yasugibushi is one of the most popular folk songs and dances in Japan, featuring the humorous loach-scooping dance dojousukui. (The loach is a kind of fish.) The theater offers four performances daily and a play on the history of the form. You can also try some loach dishes at the theater’s restaurant. Performances ¥600, play ¥1200. edit
- Hirose Kasuri Center (広瀬絣センター), 775-1 Hirosecho Machicho, Yasugi, ☎ 085-432-2575, . Hirose Kasuri is a traditional method of weaving cloth, and this technique has been designated as an intangible cultural asset by Shimane Prefecture. Cotton thread is dyed in wool with indigo to show patterns on the cloth. You can see weavings on the loom and buy handmade Kasuri and indigo-dye articles here. This living textile heritage has been a part of the local scene for 170 years. It is 800 yen to dye your own handkerchief, but you should book ahead. Free. edit
- Wakō Museum (和鋼博物館), 1058 Yasugi-cho, ☎ 085-423-2500, . 9AM-5PM, Closed Wed. This museum stands next to the Port of Yasugi, which prospered at the end of the Edo era as a steel port. Many fine samurai swords, for example, were made of steel from Yasugi. Using HDTV and robots, Wako Museum describes the tatara method of steel-making employed here along with much else about steel=making in Japan. ¥300. edit
- Kanō Museum of Art (安来市加納美術館), 345-27 Hirosecho Fube, Yasugi (see website), ☎ 085-436-0880, . 10AM-4:30PM. Closed Jun 30, Dec 25-Jan 10. This museum has a very rare collection of Japanese old style pottery Bizen-yaki (including kobizen which are made before the Momoyama Period). ¥1000. edit
- Kiyomizu Temple (清水寺), 528 Kiyomizucho, Yasugi, ☎ 085-422-2151 (fax: 085-422-2107), . 6AM-6PM, Oct-Mar: 6AM-5PM. Surrounded by wooded hillsides, this temple boasts an especially beautiful main hall and three-level pagoda. Founded in 587, in the 9th century Kiyomizu Temple prospered as the foremost center of the Tendai sect, a Buddhist sect that favored mountain recluses. You can enjoy traditional vegetarian cuisine at two inns and a restaurant within the temple grounds (bookings recommended). edit
- Unjuji (瑞塔山 雲樹寺), 281 Kiyoicho, Yasugi, ☎ 085-422-2875 (fax: 085-427-0281), . 8:30AM–5PM. A calm and quiet temple, established in 1323, with buildings surviving from Japan's Kamakura Period. Also with a hugely impressive main gate as well as a nice dry rock garden. ¥500 for garden. edit
- Gassan Toda Castle Ruins (月山富田城), ☎ 085-432-2767, . 9:30AM–5PM, Closed Tue. These are the ruins of the castle of the Amako clan, who ruled this area during Japan's period of warring states (1467-1568). The castle was famed as an impregnable redoubt, spreading over the entire summit of Mt. Gassan, 184m above sea level. At the ruins only stone walls and old stone pavement remain as traces of the past. The castle in Matsue was built to replace this castle. edit
- Yasugi Park (安来公園), 1365 Yasugicho, Yasugi, ☎ 085-423-3110, . During the cherry blossom season (usually late March to early April) there are over 450 cherry trees in bloom and transforms the whole scenery. There are also lanterns put up at night with the city dwellers partying until late at night. Also has nice azaleas in late April and autumn colors in late November. Free. edit
- Saginoyusō Hot Springs (さぎの湯荘, ''Saginoyusō), 478-1 Furukawacho, Yasugi (Next to Adachi Museum), ☎ 085-428-6211, . 12:30PM-3PM, 6PM-8:30PM. Its name means "the heron's hot spring"; according to local legend, it was discovered 1300 years ago, when a white heron alighted on a rock just as hot water welled up, healing its leg. Indoor and outdoor hot spring use as well as traditional Japanese overnight luxury accommodations available. ¥700 hot spring, ¥30,000~ overnight. edit
- Farm Omori (いちごの大森ファーム), 331-1 Shimosakadacho, Yasugi, ☎ 070-2637-6505, . 9AM-6PM. From mid-March to May, this farm established in 2018 has strawberry picking and as many berries as you can eat for 50 minutes. ¥2200. edit
- Yasugi Tsukinowa Festival. This festival in mid-August reenacts the story of the Inomaro-densho, recorded in the Izumo-Fudoki (the Izumo Natural Features Description). In this tale, the spirit of the daughter of Katari-no-Omiimaro sets off for the underworld. The purpose of the festival is to comfort the daughter's restless spirit. Four festival floats, called dashi, parade through the streets accompanied by flutes and drums and a big fireworks display.
- Hakuta Tulip Festival. In late April the Hakuta area of Yasugi has a Tulip Festival with thousands of tulips of numerous types and colors. At the festival you can purchase Tulips for 50 yen each. Built to provide a nice background for the tulips, Hakuta has a sort of Dutch looking "windmill".
- Robatakaba Yasugi Ekimae (炉端かば 安来駅前本店), 2093-4 Yasugicho, Yasugi (1 min walk from Yasugi Stn), ☎ 085-422-2500, . 11AM–2PM, 5PM–12AM. A lively restaurant with grilled and deep fried foods, sashimi, curries and fresh seafood. 800~. edit
- Cafe Rosso (カフェロッソ), ☎ 085-422-1177, . W-M 10AM-6PM. One of the most famous cafes in Japan. The owner, Hiroyuki Kadowaki, won the Japan barista championship and placed 2nd in the 2005 World Barista Competition in Seattle. It's on Route 9 near the border with Yonago. edit
Accommodations in Yasugi tends to be more expensive and few in number - you will likely find better selections in neighboring Yonago.
- Shōkinkan (松琴館), 527 Kiyomizucho, Yasugi, ☎ 085-422-2002, . Established in 1870, this traditional Japanese inn offers a relaxing atmosphere with nice views. ¥10,000. edit
- Asahikan (朝日館), 1970 Yasugicho, Yasugi, ☎ 085-422-2348, . Small but nice 7-room traditional Japanese inn conveniently located closed to Yasugi Station. ¥15,000. edit
For the latest info on events and sights, contact the Yasugi Tourism Association (安来市観光協会, Yasugishi Kankō Kyōkai) Tel. 085-423-7667.
- Izumo - Home to the Grand Shrine of Izumo (Izumo Taisha), one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan.
- Matsue Popular for its iconic castle, seaside views, and beautiful gardens.
- Yamaguchi City - A near rival capital to Kyoto in medieval times, with several temples and famous Sesshu gardens.
- Hagi - A delightful small castle town with some surreal temples and preserved samurai feudal streets.
- Yonago - A neighboring city known as "little Osaka", famous for its food and bar scene.
- Mount Daisen - This extinct volcano towering over the city of Yonago is also known the Mount Fuji of West Japan. Great for hiking and skiing.
- Tsuwano - Castle town with impressive red roofs, Christian martyr site, and traditional atmosphere.
- Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park - See Japan's biggest and longest limestone cave, as well as its huge karst plateau.
- Iwakuni - City near Miyajima in Hiroshima and with Japan's most beautiful old wooden bridge.