Izumo (ēzōˈmō) [key], city (1990 pop. 82,679), Shimane prefecture, SW Honshu, Japan, on the Hii River. It is an important railway and road hub and stock-raising center. Its smaller industries include silk manufacture, woodworking, and brewing. The Izumo Taisha, Shinto's oldest and second most important shrine, is to the northwest.
More on Izumo from Fact Monster:
See more Encyclopedia articles on: Japanese Political Geography