Izumo is moderately wealthy and situated on the west coast of the Chugoku region. The province is known as "the home of the Gods" and is the setting for many myths and legends. One such legend suggests that the passage to Yomi, the Japanese underworld, was in Izumo. The entrance was said to have been sealed forever by the Shinto god Izanagi after he attempted to rescue his sister from the underworld.