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 high ranked samurai family's mansion in Japan's countryside. Also in the area stands the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn.

Access

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 & Fees

Buke Yashiki (Samurai Residence)

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

300 yen (samurai residence only, 50% off for foreign tourists)
1090 yen (also including Matsue Castle and the Hearn museum)