Looking for more off the beaten track Japan? Mihonoseki should be your next stop. This small fishing town straddles the invisible border between Shimane and Tottori prefectures in southwestern Japan. Historically, it was an important port town because of its proximity to the Korean peninsula. Today, it’s a great place to soak up the atmosphere of preserved Old Japan.
Mihonoseki is home to one of Japan’s oldest shrines. Miho Jinja is the head shrine of all Ebisu shrines. Ebisu is the Shinto god of fishing and prosperity. Fishing remains a significant form of livelihood in Mihonoseki.