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Shiomi Nawate Street 塩見縄手

Shiomi-nawate Street Shiomi-nawate Street
Shiomi-nawate Street Shiomi-nawate Street

A well-preserved samurai neighborhood with the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum nearby

The homes of middle-ranking samurai once lay behind the traditional walls and gatehouses lining Shiome Nawate Street, which runs alongside the northern moat of Matsue Castle . The highest-ranked samurai lived across the moat within the large castle grounds.

The most famous resident of the street, however, was neither a samurai nor even Japanese, at least not when he first arrived.

Don't Miss

  • The home and museum of Lafcadio Hearn
  • The 18th-century teahouse Meimei-an
  • Tanabe Art Museum

How to Get There

Matsue Castle is located in the Matsue City area, which can be accessed by train and by the Lake Line loop bus.

Take the train to JR Matsue Station on the Sanin Honsen Line to the Lake Line bus loop.

Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), the Irish-Greek writer who introduced Japan to Western audiences, spent a year here. As you walk around his former home, the pages of his first book on Japan, “Glimpses of an Unfamiliar Japan,” will come alive.

Go next door to the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum to see a huge collection of his personal possessions and manuscripts.

Nearby is another bukeyashiki, as samurai residences were known. After 3 years of conservation repair work, the residence was restored, based on the Meiji-era (1868-1912) layout, and has been open to the public since 2018.

The elegant world of tea

Next, enter the refined and elegant world of the daimyo, the great lords of the castle, at the Tanabe Art Museum. The museum has a collection of bowls and tea utensils used by the nobility in the tea ceremony, the epitome of Japanese tradition and taste.

This leads you to the Meimeian teahouse, a tiny thatched space constructed in 1779 for the great Matsudaira lord who made Matsue one of the great centers of tea ceremony culture.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.


Near Shiomi Nawate Street

Shiomi-nawate Street Attraction
Shiomi Nawate Street Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken
Matsue Shiroyama Park Nature
Matsue Shiroyama Park Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken
Matsue Castle History
Matsue Castle Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken
Matsue History Museum History
Matsue History Museum Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken
Shimane Kenritsu Bijutsukan -Art Museum Art & Design
Shimane Art Museum Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken
Tamatsukuri-onsen Hot Spring Relaxation
Tamatsukuri Onsen Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken

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