Gakuenji Temple, Matsue

About Matsue

Matsue is the capital city of Shimane Prefecture, in an attractive location on the eastern shores of Lake Shinji (Shinjiko). Due to its location between Lake Shinji, Nakaumi (another lake) and the Sea of Japan, Matsue is also known as the “water city”.

Matsue’s attractions include its original castle and the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn. He taught in the town from 1890-1891. His house is now a museum about his life, and a popular tourist attraction.

  • Matsue Castle
  • Former residence of Lafcadio Hearn
  • Izumo Taisha, Japan’s 2nd most important shrine
  • Adachi Museum of Art

The city is also a good base to visit the nearby Izumo Taisha shrine, recognized as one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan and ranked second in importance only to Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture. You can also visit the Adachi Museum of Art, which has one of Japan’s most beautiful landscape gardens.

Practical information:

  • From Tokyo Haneda Airport to Izumo Airport and then take a bus from Izumo Airport to Matsue Station (2h10) or by JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen trains from Tokyo Station to Okayama and then to Matsue (6h30)
  • From Osaka Itami Airport to Izumo Airport and then take a bus from Izumo Airport to Matsue Station(2h15)

Matsue on our Google map