Matsue History Museum

Western Honshū

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 local speciality, Matsue wagashi (sweets) – you can taste modern versions in the attached shop, made famous in Japan by a TV show. The free English audio guide is very good.

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