Among the buildings is the Matsue Buke Yashiki (松江武家屋敷), 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.
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.