Izumo Province

province of Japan
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Izumo Province (出雲国, Izumo-no-kuni) was an old province of Japan in the area of Shimane Prefecture on the island of Honshū.[1] It was sometimes called Unshū (雲州).

Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Izumo Province highlighted

The province had borders with Iwami, Bingo and Hōki provinces.

In the 8th century, Matsue became the provincial capital city.[2]


View of Izumo Province, woodblock print by Hiroshige, 1853

In the Meiji period, the provinces of Japan were converted into prefectures. The maps of Japan and Izumo Province were reformed in the 1870s.[3]

Temples and ShrinesEdit

Izumo taisha[4] was the chief Shinto shrine (ichinomiya) of Izumo. [5]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Izumo" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 412.
  2. Masue City Archived 2011-08-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-10-26.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Nussbaum, "Izumo taisha" at p. 413.
  5. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2 Archived 2013-05-17 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Izumo Province at Wikimedia Commons