CHUGOKU

Matsue
松江

The capital of beautiful water:

Matsue is the central city in the Sanin region facing the Sea of Japan. It is between the two big brackish lakes, Lake Shinji and Nakaumi (the Medium Sea), so it is a beautiful castle town called the “Capital of Water” because a canal, water ways and bridges are used for turning around in the town. Enjoying the canal and the lake, visiting the castle, Buddhist temples and Shinto Shrines are the travelling point here.

Access and Getting Around

Get here from other big cities via the Okayama Station because of no Shinkansen lines. A night direct bus running at night arrive here from Tokyo, other direct buses from Kansai Area, Okayama, Onomichi, Hiroshima arrive here with frequent services. Yonago Airport and Izumo Airport are available, so it is convenient to fly here from Tokyo.

By train

2 hours 35 minutes from Okayama Station to Matsue Station with 1 train per hour.

By plane

1 hour 20 minutes from Tokyo Haneda to Yonago Airport with 5 flights per day, then to Matsue Station for 45 minutes by bus. Other flights from Kobe and Naha are available too. 1 hour 30 minutes from Haneda in Tokyo to Izumo Airport with 5 flights per day, then to Matsue Station for 30 minutes by bus. Other flights from Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and, Iki Island are also available.

By car

3 hours 10 minutes from Okayama Station. 2 hours from Tottori Sand Dunes. 2 hours 40 minutes from Hiroshima Station.

Matsue

Features

Lake Shinji

-Specific Nature 

Lake Shinji is said to be the symbol of Matsue.People come over to appreciate the setting sun from the shore.A promenade and a terrace are prepared on the shore and you are hoped to enjoy the setting sun.It is an exciting sunset....

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Matsue Castle

-Historic Sites 

The Tenshu Tower constructed early in the Edo period is the only remaining castle in Sanin regionand it is relatively simple, but it is known for the waterway and the beauty of cherry blossoms. ...

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Horikawa Tour

-Historic Sites 

Horikawa is a moat of 3.7 km, surrounding the Matsue Castle,and is the main tourist spot together with the castle, the samurai residence, old streets.A sightseeing boat turns around the castle for 50 minutes.The town of Matsue seen from the boat is really beautiful....

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Shiominawate

-Historic Sites 

It is a street of samurai residences with 500 meters long, along the moat of the northern part of Matsue Castle.Some residences are allowed to visit, it is possible to have leisure walk....

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Koizumi Yakumo  Museum

-Historic Sites 

Koizumi Yakumo was a journalist called Lafcadio Hearn from Greece who came to Japanin the Meiji period and taught English in Matsue,collected Japanese old tales and introduced Japanese cultures abroad in his many books.Koizumi Yakumo is his Japanese name.The memorial museum is at the west end of Shiominawate Street,and  Koizumi yakumo`s manuscripts and mementoes are displayed.Just next to it is hi...

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Gessho-ji Temple

-Temples 

It is a temple of Matsudaira who was a Daimyo of Matsue Castle,which is surrounded by garden and the Matsudaira Family burial ground is a quiet temple....

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Kamosu Shrine

-Shrines 

It is a shrine in a quiet, magnificent atmosphere with a very large forest in the rear.If you are here, you may feel  so mysterious that you think God lives here....

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Miho Shrine

-Shrines 

Miho Shrine is the head shrine of Ebisu Shrines as an industrial guardian deity.It is in the fishing town called Mihonoseki, and is a shrine which makes feel the history and the personality.The old buildings such as well-established inns and soy sauce storehouses,the merchant's family remain in the street of the neighborhood and are in a good atmosphere.Yet, the transportation is inconvenient....

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Accommodation around Matsue

Links

Matsue Tourism Association

Shimane Prefectural Tourism Association

Shimane Prefecture

 

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