Izumo is a city located in Shimane prefecture, Japan. Izumo is known for Izumo soba noodles and the Izumo Taisha Shinto shrine, the oldest shinto shrine in Japan. Izumo Dome is a venue located just north of the city proper. It has the distinction of being Japan’s largest wooden building, at 49 metres high and 143 metres in diameter. It is used for sports and events such as baseball games and soccer matches, as well as for other events including sumo. It is a prominent symbol of Izumo, and can be seen from a distance from the train passing towards Hamada.
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