Located on the northwest coast of Japan’s main island, Matsue is a city known for having one of the country’s few original 17th-century castles. Apart from that, there are also plenty of places to explore in the city. To know more about them, just check out our list below of the best things to do in Matsue, Japan.
List of the best things to do in Matsue, Japan
1. Matsue Castle
One of the twelve original castles (still standing) in Japan and one of the oldest. Matsue Castle is just one of the few in Japan that still retains its original wooden base. Known as the black castle, you can go inside and observe its interior. It is possible to visit all floors, where there are relics and historical artifacts. Going here is like going back to the past.
2. Yuushien Garden
Yuushien Garden is a very well-maintained Japanese Garden. There are beautiful backgrounds for photos and footage. Like any Japanese Garden, peace and harmony reign here. The garden is not very large; the average time to walk through it and enjoy the scenery is about 60 to 90 minutes. There is also a very stylish cafe at the exit, next to the souvenir shop.
3. Matsue Bird Park
Matsue Bird Park is a great travel destination! You can spend 4 hours in the park and will not notice. Immediately upon entering, a very beautiful flower garden will welcome you. Not only that, but there are also many birds like penguins and owls here. You can also enjoy a bird show. There are many flowers that you can take many Instagram-worthy photos of. It is an irresistible space for flower bird lovers.
4. Hotels Near Shimane Art Museum
A beautiful museum with its architecture completely focused on the lake. The indoor areas feature interesting art shows and a high-quality collection of Japanese artists, as well as foreign artists. In general, the architecture, the location for Lake Shinji, the spectacle of the sunset, the exceptional quality of the collections, everything is a must-see.
5. The Shrine Of Yaegaki
Yaegaki shrine is known to favor the “crossroads of destinations”, and there are many people who come to pray for a soul mate. The building is nothing special, but the small pond behind it is beautiful. A divine paper (you can buy inexpensively just before the shrine) is placed on the surface of the water, and a coin is placed there. The faster the paper flows, the faster you will find a partner. If it sinks off the edge, it will be someone you don’t know yet. The place is charming and full of poetry. A must-visit
6. Miho Shrine
This sanctuary is nestled between the village and the forest, and its simple beauty fits beautifully into the landscape. It is apparently Japan’s most important Ebisu Shrine (dedicated to Ebisu, the god of fishing and trade) and a visit to this shrine combined with the nearby Izuma Taisha Shrine is considered particularly beneficial.
7. Matsue Castle
Close to JR station, the Old Town, with its castle, Shiomi Nawate street, its ancient temples, its small streets, and wooden bridges, is a real treasure lost in rural Japan. You can spend a whole day wandering around visiting the various buildings and parks. The whole can be visited entirely on foot, quietly, in peace. This small town is not overloaded with tourists and offers a very nice view of the various aspects of Japanese life and history. The tourist bus that runs past the sights is also highly recommended.
8. Shrine Of Kumano Taisha
It is a shrine at the foot of the mountains south of Matsue. The south of the city is home to many historical sites and shrines that can be visited by bike. And in this matter, it is strongly recommended to make an attempt to go as far as with Kumano Taisha. In addition, next door is a very nice onsen, which is ideal for a stopover.
9. Museum Of History Of Matsue
A museum dedicated exclusively to the history of the city. This fairly recent museum allows you to understand how the city was built since its foundation at the beginning of the 17th century. Several beautiful models allow you to see the evolution of the city center concretely through the centuries. The showroom is not very large, but there is no time to get bored.