Izumo Province

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Map of Japanese provinces (1868) with Izumo Province highlighted

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?).

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

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

History[change | change source]

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 Shrines[change | change source]

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

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Izumo" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 412.
  2. Masue City; 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; retrieved 2012-1-17.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Izumo Province at Wikimedia Commons