How to travel between Matsue and Tokyo

By JR daytime trains

Take the JR Tokaido/Sanyo Shinkansen from Tokyo to Okayama (200 minutes by Nozomi, 240 minutes by Hikari, multiple trains per hour) and transfer to a JR Yakumo limited express train to Matsue (2.5 hours, one train per hour) or Izumo (3 hours, one train per hour). The one way fare is slightly under 20,000 yen.

The Japan Rail Pass fully covers the journey if Hikari trains are used between Tokyo and Okayama, but the pass is not valid on Nozomi trains.

By JR night train

The "Sunrise Izumo" night train operates daily between Tokyo, Matsue and Izumo. One way fares including berth fee, start around 22,000 yen.

Japan Rail Pass holders have to pay around 10,000 yen additionally for using a berth, except when using so called "nobi nobi" compartments, which can be used for free with the pass. Nobi nobi compartments are small spaces of carpeted floor to lie down. They are popular and often book out in advance.

By air

JAL operates multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Izumo Airport (flight time 90 minutes). The regular one way fare is about 34,000 yen, but by using a discount offer, you can usually fly for around 15,000 to 24,000 yen. Air passes can be even cheaper. Izumo Airport is a 30 minute bus ride from Matsue Station (1050 yen) and Izumoshi Station (720 yen).

ANA operates multiple flights per day between Tokyo and Yonago Airport. Flight time is 75 minutes. The regular one way fare is about 33,000 yen; however, discount tickets are usually available for between 15,000 to 24,000 yen. Yonago Airport is a 45 minute bus ride from Matsue Station (1000 yen).

By highway bus

Matsue and Izumo are connected with Tokyo by multiple night buses. The one way ride takes around 12 hours and costs between 5,000 and 16,000 yen depending on the company and date of travel. The route is also served by Willer Bus, whose Japan Bus Pass can reduce the cost for the bus trip to around 3,000 yen. Online reservations can be made through Willer.

Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.

Getting around

Matsue is served by two railway companies: Japan Railways (JR) and Ichibata Railway. JR Matsue Station is a regional transportation hub, located two kilometers south of Matsue Castle, while Ichibata Railway connects Matsue with neighboring Izumo and Izumo Taisha from its terminal station, Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station, one kilometer west of the castle.

Transportation within the city is provided by city buses and Ichibata Bus. Convenient for tourists is the Lakeline loop bus, which connects the two railway stations with all of the city's major tourist sights. Buses operate every 20 minutes. A single ride costs 210 yen, while a one-day pass is available for 520 yen.

Good walkers can explore the city's main sights entirely on foot. It takes about 30 minutes to walk from JR Matsue Station to the castle or about 15 minutes from Shinjiko Onsen Station.

The closest airports to Matsue are Izumo Airport (35 minutes, 1050 yen one way by bus from Matsue Station), which is mainly served by JAL, and Yonago Airport (45 minutes, 1000 yen one way from Matsue Station), which is mainly served by ANA.

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 hotelfs 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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