Horikawa Sightseeing Boat
The characterful boatmen circumnavigate the castle moat and then zip around the city's canals and beneath a series of bridges. There are...
Matsue History Museum
Matsue's excellent new museum gives a broad-ranging introduction to the history of the region clans, and development of local industry...
Buke Yashiki Samurai Residence
Built for a middle-ranking samurai family during the early 18th century, Buke Yashiki is an immaculately preserved house and garden.
Next door to the samurai house, this busy soba (buckwheat noodle) restaurant and its beautiful grounds are an excellent place to sample...
Lonely Planet review
Dating from 1611, picturesque Matsue-jō has a wooden interior showcasing treasures belonging to the Matsudaira clan. Known as Plover Castle for the graceful shape of its gable ornaments, Matsue-jō is one of only 12 original keeps left in Japan, making it well worth having a look inside. There are dioramas of the city, as well as displays of armoury, including a collection of helmets – the design of each helmet is said to have reflected the personality of its wearer. From the top of the castle there are great unobstructed views.
It's pleasant to walk around the castle grounds (free entry) and along the surrounding moat, with its charming bridges and pines reaching out across the water. A good way to see the castle area is a trip on a Horikawa Sightseeing Boat .