Western Honshu Sights

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Hiroshima 13

Matsue 8

Hagi 5

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Okayama 3

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Buke Yashiki

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Built in 1730, this house belonged to the well-to-do Shiomi family, chief retainers to the daimyo. Note the separate servant quarters,...

Koizumi Yakumo Kinenkan

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The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Hall has a good collection of the author's manuscripts and other artifacts related to his life in Japan.

Koizumi Yakumo Kyukyo

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The celebrated writer's house has remained unchanged since he left Matsue in 1891. Born of an Irish father and a Greek mother, Lafcadio...

Matsue English Garden

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This garden is of the same scale, arrangement, and style of any traditional English garden. There's an outdoor rest area, fountain plaza,...

Matsue History Museum

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This small museum gives visitors a good overview of Matsue's 400 year history. In addition to a diorama of the old castle town and scenes...


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Start a tour of Matsue at the enchanting and shadowy castle and walk in the castle park, Shiroyama Koen, under aromatic pines. Constructed...

Meimei-an Teahouse

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Built in 1779, this is one of Japan's best-preserved teahouses. For ¥400 you can contemplate the mysteries of Matsue Castle, and for...


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When dusk rolls around, you'll want to position yourself well. You won't get a better sunset than the one seen every night over the town's...