Discover Matsue, the city of water, and all its historical and cultural charm.


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Matsue Castle
Matsue Castle is a designated Important Cultural Property, and is the 2nd largest, 3rd highest and 6th oldest in Japan. It stands watch over the city, charming visitors with its majestic and elegant presence.

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Horikawa Sightseeing Boat
The Horikawa boat trip takes you around the castle moats and past the samurai houses and the old pine trees of the picturesque Shiomi Nawate area. You can enjoy seeing Matsue from the water and learning about the city from the boatman on this 50 minute trip.

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Karakoro Art Studio
There are shops selling works of glass, agate, silver, pottery, textiles and woodwork, and workshops run by the artisans. There are also shops selling home-made bread, gelato, and restaurants serving local Izumo soba and French cuisine.

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Shiomi Nawate
A 500m street to the north of the castle, with Meimei-an teahouse and Lafcadio Hearn's former residence. The samurai houses on the street, unchanged since the Edo Period, give the area an atmosphere of times gone by.

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Lake Shinji Pleasure Boat
The boat enters Lake Shinji from the Ohashi River and takes you on an invigorating one hour cruise around the lake.

A sunset taxi service is available!

Lake Shinji Sunset Spot
The lake and sky fill with an array of colors and hues as the sun sets over the lake. The sunset is designated as one of the top 100 sunsets in Japan and is the main feature of Matsue, the city of water.

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine and local area
The Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine in Oda City, Shimane Prefecture, became a World Heritage Site in July 2007. The historical site which has been preserved by the local people and the streets steeped in history and nostalgia are a main draw for visitors.

Izumo Taisha Shrine
Along with Ise-jingu Shrine, Izumo Taisha is one of Japan's most famous shrines. It is dedicated to the God Okuninushi, who is regarded as the God of marriage. The 24m high main hall is a designated national treasure, and is constructed in the oldest shrine style called Taisha-zukuri.There are also many other buildings in the large shrine grounds.

Adachi Museum of Art
The Adachi Museum of Art is set in a beautiful location and boasts a large collection of Japanese paintings, including many by the famous Japanese artist Taikan Yokoyama. It is well known across Japan for its stunning Japanese gardens.

Tatara Furnace, Okuizumo
Tatara is a kind of iron making technology for which the Okuizumo region is famous. The material from the area is used to make Japanese swords. There is a furnace in the area and also museums where you can learn about this fascinated craft.

Lafcadio Hearn
Lafcadio Hearn was a writer of Greek and Irish descent, who is known for introducing Japanese folklore and customs to the world over 100 years ago. He lived in Matsue for a short while, and his presence can still be felt in the city, which still retains the charm that attracted Hearn all those years ago. You can learn more about this fascinating writer at his former residence and the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum in Shiomi Nawate.


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