On the coast of the Sea of Japan 6km northwest of the Sakunouchi Area, Tomogaura in Nima area was the port from which silver and silver ore was shipped to Kyushu, during the years when Iwami Ginzan began to develop in the early 16th century. Early records show a flourishing port visited by many trading ships from Hakata to load silver ore. In the early Edo Period it became no more than a fishing village, and the consequent lack of major projects meant the original shape of the medieval port was preserved. Among the remains are the hanaguri-iwa moorings located on both banks of the port. Besides the Tomogaura port, the beach Kotogahama in Nima is selected as Japan’s Top 100 beaches, and there is a sand museum which is the largest one in the world.
Nima Sand Museum
This museum features sand comprising six large and small pyramids made of crystal glass. The world’s largest hourglass Sunagoyomi measures the duration of a year and is displayed in the center of the building.
- Address: 975, Amagouchi, Nima-cho, Ohda City, Shimane Prefecture
- Access: 10 minutes walk from JR Nima Station
- Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (entry by 16:30)
Closed: The 1st Wednesday of every month, year-end and new year holidays
- Admission(for overseas visitors):
Adults: ¥350 Children: ¥170
- Tel 0854-88-3776
Tomogaura coast sightseeing boat tour
On this cruise you can get up close to the impressive eroded cliffs and see the many strangely shaped rocks of the coast. Tomogaura coast is a collection of sea caves. The sea cave is not much wider than the boat, so this is a thrilling adventure.
- Opening hour: 8:30- 17:00
- Fee: 2000 yen (reservation only)
- Tel 0854-88-3015
Kotogahama Sea beach
Famous in Japan for its unusual “singing sand” that makes sound when walked on. Kotogahama is a bow-shaped white-sand sea beach in Nima, two kilometers long and 50 meters wide. During summer, the beach is crowded with beachgoers.
※Legend of Kotogahama
After the battle of Dan-no-ura in 1185, the princess of the defeated Heike clean was fled to kotogahama where she was helped by the villagers. Here she played koto (Japanese harp) everyday as a way to thank these kind people. It is said that upon her death, the sand along the beach began to sing. She is remembered as Kotohime (Koto Princess) and the beach was named after her. This is the story of Kotogahama Beach “singing sand”.