Matsue attractions

Top Choice Castle in Matsue

Matsue-jō

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 1…
Gallery in Matsue

Shimane Prefectural Art Museum

With its white undulating roof and huge glass windows facing the lake, the museum building itself is an impressive sight. Inside, it displays rotating exhibits from its collection of woodblock prints (there are some…
Museum in Matsue

Matsue History Museum

Matsue's excellent modern museum gives a broad-ranging introduction to the history of the regional clans and development of local industry and crafts. Among the displays are old town maps, ceramics, letters and the …
Gardens in Matsue

Yūshien Garden

This pretty garden occupying an area of around 40,000 sq metres was established privately in 1975 on Lake Nakaumi's Daikonshima Island, between Matsue and Sakaiminato. It's best known for its peonies, but there are …
Museum in Matsue

Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) Memorial Museum

This memorial museum has displays on the life and work of former Matsue resident Lafcadio Hearn, as well as some of the writer's personal effects – including his dumb-bells, spectacles and a stack of Japanese newspa…
Historic Building in Matsue

Lafcadio Hearn Old Residence

A small late 19th-century samurai house with pretty gardens where the writer lived. You can still see the desk where he penned his classic collection, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan, which contains his famous essay on…
Historic Building in Matsue

Buke Yashiki Samurai Residence

You'll take lots of pictures as you stroll around this immaculately preserved house and garden, built for a middle-ranking samurai family during the early 18th century.