Some of Matsue's former samurai mansions have been preserved along the busy road north of Matsue Castle's inner moat.

Among the buildings is the Matsue Buke Yashiki (]Ɖ~), a former samurai residence which is now open to the public. It is a good example of a highly ranked samurai family's mansion in a mid-sized castle town. Also in the area stands the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn.

Getting there and around

The samurai district is located just north of Matsue Castle along the moat. It is connected with Matsue's railway stations by the "Lake Line" loop bus.

How to get to and around Matsue

Hours and Fees

Buke Yashiki (Samurai Residence)


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


No closing days.


310 yen (samurai residence only, 50% off for foreign tourists)
1100 yen (also including Matsue Castle and the Hearn museum)