Starting at Matsue station!
Kyomise and Karakoro Square
Kyomise has had numerous renovations for the past few years, turning it into a fancy district with cute little shops on every block. How about stepping into a Karakoro Workshop to make magatama, a good luck charm in Matsue, or start off your trip by following the white brick road?
The Karakoro Square is a perfect place to start off your excursion in Matsue!
●Kara Koro Square
access：10 min. By bus from Matsue station,or 18 minute walk from Matsue station
Fee：820yen for foreigners
Let’s go to the Matsue Castle!
After enjoying a breezy ride on the Horikawa Meguri, get off at Otemachi-mae. The Matsue Castle, now designated as a part of the Japanese National treasures, has all the hints and keys that explain local people’s lives since ancient times. You can observe the entire city of Matsue from the the top of the castle tower.
Be careful not to slip off the steep, vertical staircases inside the castle! They are so steep that one small misstep can send you flying down to the lower floor.
Stop by the Jouzan Inari Shrine if you have time. About a thousand stone fox statues surround the shrine.
access：20 min. walk from Matsue Station
Fee：Adults: 560 yen Children: 280 yen
hours：April~September 8:30~18:30、October~March 8:30~17:30
※Office open until 30 minutes before closing
website：http://www.matsue-tourism.or.jp/m_castle/ ※Japanese text only
Take a walk around Shiomi-Nawate
Once you get off at Shiomi-Nawate, nostalgic Japan awaits. A samurai residence is kept in mint condition since its use, and a tea ceremony house still serves wagashi and matcha from the 18th century Edo period. Koizumi Yakumo, a renown Irish-American author who wrote many Japanese horror stories and books on Japanese culture back in the 19th century, is still celebrated today and his residence is now open to the public.
The Tanabe museum was built to fit this old street in Shiomi-Nawate, and exhibits Lord Fumai’s tea ceremony equipment. Fully experience Japanese tea ceremony at Meimeian, or take a break at Furyudo’s cafe right beside the lush green castle moat. Looking for more tea ceremonies? Here’s a list of places you can try it out.
Feeling hungry? Try Izumo’s special soba at Yakumo-an, or any of the other soba restaurants available around Matsue castle.
Just walking by the castle moat and its beautiful greenery is relaxing. Breathe in the quiet atmosphere and enjoy the peaceful time drift by.
Seize the soaring sunset for yourself
Chances are, all the walking might have left you worn out, but wait before going back to your hotel.
The breathtaking sunsets will blow you away!
Sit on the huge lawn stretching across the shore, watching the sun slowly sink into the waves of Lake Shinji. What a way to end the day!
If there’s some time left after the sun sets, check out the exhibit at The Art Museum of Shimane Prefecture, the largest museum in Shimane!
The areas listed above are only a few of the places to visit in Matsue. If you have some time in the city the next day, it is well worth your time to visit Kamosu Shrine, where all the gods gather.