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 (¼]•‰Æ‰®•~), 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 Lakeline loop bus.

How to get to and around Matsue

Hours and Fees

Buke Yashiki (Samurai Residence)




Hotels around Matsue

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    • Guest house daisho oshiro asobi
      Located in Matsue, less than 1 km from Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Guest house daisho oshiro asobi provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features a shared kitchen and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests at the guest house can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Lake Shinji is 4.4 km from Guest house daisho oshiro asobi, while Matsue Castle is 500 metres away. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.
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    • Onsen Guest House Aobato no Su
      Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Onsen Guest House Aobato no Su offers accommodation in Matsue, a few steps from Tamatsukuri Onsen. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms include a flat-screen TV. Every room is fitted with a shared bathroom. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. The ryokan also offers bike hire. Lake Shinji is 4.1 km from Onsen Guest House Aobato no Su, while Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum is 8 km from the property. The nearest airport is Yonago Airport, 22 km from the property.
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    • Hotel Gyokusen
      Set in Matsue, 5 km from Lake Shinji, Hotel Gyokusen offers accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking and a garden. Around 10 km from Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, the property is also 8 km away from Shimane Art Museum and offers free WiFi. There is a hot spring bath, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk. At the ryokan, all rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All guest rooms at Hotel Gyokusen feature air conditioning and a wardrobe. An Asian breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. At Hotel Gyokusen guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Matsue Castle is 9 km from the ryokan, while Matsue English Garden is 14 km from the property. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 17 km from Hotel Gyokusen.
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    • Green Rich Hotel Matsue Station Across - Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana
      Green Rich Hotel Matsue Station Across - Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana features accommodation in Matsue near Shimane Art Museum and Matsue Castle. This 3-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. Green Rich Hotel Matsue offers a sauna. Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum is 2 km from the accommodation, while Lake Shinji is 3 km from the property. The nearest airport is Yonago Airport, 16 km from Green Rich Hotel Matsue Station Across - Artificial hot spring Futamata Yunohana.
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    • Hotel Ichibata
      Situated in Matsue, 2.4 km from Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Hotel Ichibata features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a garden. This 4-star hotel offers a concierge service and a tour desk. The property has a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. All rooms have a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. Guests at Hotel Ichibata can enjoy a buffet or a ? la carte breakfast. The accommodation features a spa and wellness centre which includes a hot tub. Guests at Hotel Ichibata will be able to enjoy activities in and around Matsue, like fishing. Lake Shinji is 4.1 km from the hotel, while Matsue Castle is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 23 km from Hotel Ichibata.
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    • Dormy Inn Express Matsue
      Dormy Inn Express Matsue offers modern accommodations with wired internet access, an iPod docking station and free welcome coffee. Guests can refresh in the bathtub while watching the TV monitor in the en suite bathrooms. JR Matsue Train Station is a 5-minute walk away. The air-conditioned rooms feature carpeted floors, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and a fridge. Green tea can be enjoyed using the electric kettle and sleepwear is provided for all guests. The en suite bathroom comes with slippers and a hairdryer. Matsue Dormy Inn Express is a 5-minute drive from Matsue Castle and a 15-minute drive from Kamosu Shrine. Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence is a 10-minute drive away. Massages can be requested for an extra cost and free-use washing machines are on-site. English speaking staff can be found at the 24-hour front desk. Hatago restaurant serves a breakfast buffet. Complimentary noodle soup is offered in the dining room between 21:30 and 23:00.
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    • Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu
      Located just a 3-minute walk from JR Matsue Station, Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu provides simple guest rooms fitted with modern amenities. Free in-room wired internet is provided. All guest rooms are non-smoking at this hotel. Guests can smoke in a designated smoking booth. The hotel features banquet facilities, and drink vending machines can be used. Rooms at Tokyu Matsue Excel Hotel come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a small fridge and an electric kettle. An air-purifier is also provided in the room. Izumo Airport is a 30-minute limousine bus ride from the station. Matsue Castle can be reached within a 5-minute drive, and historic Izumo Taisha Shrine is a 1-hour drive away. On-site Restaurant Mosoro offers a Japanese and Western breakfast buffet, a buffet lunch and dinner. Casual set meals and a la carte menus are available for dinner.
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    • Hotel Route Inn Matsue
      A 7-minute ride to JR Matsue Train Station on the hotelfs free shuttle, Hotel Route-Inn offers rooms with a flat-screen TV, free internet and a private bathroom. Parking is free. Guests at Hotel Route-Inn Matsue enjoy air-conditioned rooms with a green tea maker and pay TV programs. Each room has a work desk, and the en suite bathroom includes a bathtub and slippers. The hotel is about 1.5 km from Matsue Castle, Shimane Art Museum and the Bukeyashiki Samurai Houses. Ao Ishidatami Dori (Blue Stone Approach) Traditional Street is 25 km away. A coin launderette are provided. Locally produced items are offered at the gift shop. NAGOMI Restaurant serves a daily breakfast buffet featuring European breads.
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    • International Hotel Tamatsukuri
      Set in Matsue, 3.5 km from Lake Shinji, International Hotel Tamatsukuri offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a shared lounge. Offering a garden, the property is located within 8 km of Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum. The accommodation features luggage storage space and free shuttle service for guests. At the ryokan, the rooms come with a balcony. With a private bathroom fitted with a bidet and slippers, rooms at International Hotel Tamatsukuri also feature free WiFi, while selected rooms also feature a lake view. All guest rooms will provide guests with air conditioning, a safety deposit box and a flat-screen TV. The accommodation offers a buffet or Asian breakfast. Shimane Art Museum is 6 km from International Hotel Tamatsukuri, while Matsue Castle is 7 km from the property. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 16 km from the ryokan.
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    • Ten Ten Temari
      Boasting Japanese-style rooms with views of Lake Shinji-ko, hotel Ten Ten Temari offers a traditional Japanese experience, with hot spring baths and Japanese cuisine. A salon offers massages and beauty treatments on site. Free WiFi is available at the lobby and in the guest rooms. JR Matsue Station is a 10-minute taxi ride away, while Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station is a 8-minute walk from the property. A convenience store is situated right beside the property, no more than a 30-second walk away. Air-conditioned rooms feature shoji sliding paper screens and low furniture, from which guests can gaze out over the lake. They sleep in traditional futon bedding on the tatami (woven-straw) floor. Rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a refrigerator, a high-tech toilet and an en suite bathroom which comes with a hairdryer. Temari Ten Ten has spacious natural hot spring baths for shared use. The hotel is fitted with drinks vending machines. Please noted that guests are unable to choose a room type according to availability. Please call Ten Ten Temari if you have a special request in a room type. A Japanese-style breakfast is served at the property. Ten Ten Temari is a 13-minute walk from the Gessho-ji Temple, and it's around a 5-minute drive from Jozan Inari Shrine, Matsue Castle and the historical Yakumo Koizumi Residence. Adachi Museum of Art is a 45-minute drive away, while the Izumo-taisha shrine can be accessed in 60-minutes via train and walk. Guests with a car can drive to Tottori Sand Dunes in approximately 2 hours.
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