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Lafcadio Hearn, one of the first western authors of Japanese culture, lived in Matsue for about one year of his life. Hearn's former residence is now open to the public along with a museum located next door that is dedicated to his work and person.

Lafcadio Hearn was born in Greece in 1850 to a father from Ireland and a mother from Greece. Hearn resided in Greece, Ireland, Britain, France and the USA before emigrating to Japan in 1890. There he married a Japanese lady and was naturalized as Koizumi Yakumo, the name he remains known under in Japan.

He is best know for his books that introduced Japan to the western world such as "Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan" and a collection of translated legends "Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things".

Inside Hearn's former residence

Access

Lafcadio Hearn's former residence is located in the samurai district, north of Matsue Castle. It is connected with Matsue's railway stations by the "Lake Line" loop bus.

How to get to and around Matsue

Hours & Fees

Hours

8:30 to 18:30 (until 17:00 from October to March); admission ends 20 minutes before closing time.

Closed

No closing days

Admission

400 yen (museum), 300 yen (residence); 50% off for foreign tourists
1000 yen (includes museum, residence and Matsue Castle)
Page last updated: December 31, 2016