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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 known 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".

Getting there and around

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 and 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

410 yen (museum only, 50% off for foreign tourists)
310 yen (residence only, 50% off for foreign tourists)
1100 yen (museum, residence and Matsue Castle)

Hotels around Matsue

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    • Matsue Guesthouse
      Budget-friendly
      Matsue Guesthouse offers rooms in Matsue near Shimane Art Museum and Matsue Castle. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Matsue English Garden is 7 km from the guest house and Yaegaki Shrine is 5 km away. At the guest house all rooms are fitted with a shared bathroom. Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum is 2.5 km from Matsue Guesthouse, while Lake Shinji is 3.7 km away. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Guest house daisho oshiro asobi
      Budget-friendly
      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, 17 km from the accommodation.
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    • Hotel Gyokusen
      Mid-range
      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. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, evening entertainment and a 24-hour front desk. An Asian breakfast is available every morning at the ryokan. At Hotel Gyokusen guests are welcome to take advantage of a sauna. Matsue Castle is 9 km from the accommodation, while Matsue English Garden is 14 km from the property. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 11 km from Hotel Gyokusen.
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    • Onsen Guest House Aobato no Su
      Budget-friendly
      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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    • Kasuien Minami
      Luxury
      Set in Matsue, within 6 km of Lake Shinji and 10 km of Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Kasuien Minami offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi as well as free private parking for guests who drive. The property is situated 9 km from Matsue Castle, 14 km from Matsue English Garden and 600 metres from Tamatsukuriyu Shrine. The property is allergy-free and is located 8 km from Shimane Art Museum. At the ryokan, each room comes with a wardrobe. At Kasuien Minami the rooms are equipped with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Kasuien Minami offers a hot spring bath. Tamatsukuriyu Shrine is 600 metres from the ryokan, while Yaegaki Shrine is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 11 km from Kasuien Minami.
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    • Matsue Excel Hotel Tokyu
      Mid-range
      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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    • Dormy Inn Express Matsue
      Mid-range
      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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    • Hotel Ichibata
      Luxury
      Situated in Matsue, 2.4 km from Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, Hotel Ichibata features accommodation with a restaurant, free 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. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a buffet or a ? la carte breakfast. Hotel Ichibata features a spa and wellness centre which includes a hot tub. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Matsue, like fishing. Lake Shinji is 4.1 km from Hotel Ichibata, while Matsue Castle is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Izumo Airport, 16 km from the hotel.
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    • Ten Ten Temari
      Mid-range
      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. 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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    • Ryokan Yukeikohan Suitenkaku
      Mid-range
      Ryokan Yukeikohan Suitenkaku is a 5-minute walk from Shinjiko Onsen Station and an 8-minute drive from JR Matsue Station. It offers Japanese-style accommodation with 2 public baths and free parking. Guest rooms feature tatami (woven straw) mat with traditional futon bedding. Each room is equipped with a fridge, electric kettle and a flat-screen TV. The lobby area has a personal computer for guestsf use. Free use of massage chair is provided. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room. Japanese dishes are on offer. Yukeikohan Suitenkaku Ryokan is within a 10-minute drive of the Matsue Castle, Matsue History Museum and the Jozan Inari Shrine. Izumo Airport is a 36-minute drive away.
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