Matsue is the capital of Shimane Prefecture in west Japan, and is the centre of the culturally significant Izumo region. Matsue is nestled between the Sea of Japan and two of Japan’s largest lakes, Lake Shinji and Nakaumi. This plus its extensive network of moats and canals gave it the nickname “City of Water”. The cultural centre of the city is the castle town surrounding Matsue Castle and, like the castle itself, many buildings in the area remain unchanged from their 400-year-old appearance.
As a designated International City of Culture and Tourism, the city is very welcoming of international tourists with significant discounts, in most cases reaching 50%.
The area is also filled with internationally renowned Shinto shrines, Japanese gardens and hot springs that make for a great, traditional Japanese experience.
The Izumo region is also the stage of many of Japan’s most popular and ancient legends.
Rent a Yukata as you visit one of Japan’s oldest and most important shrines, explore the perfectly maintained Matsue Castle and ride around its moats in Edo Period-inspired sightseeing boats, stop for a quick hot spring bath or full overnight stay at one of many traditional Japanese inns, or casually enjoy traditional tea ceremonies and some of Japan’s freshest and most delicious sea food. The surprising contrast between continuing traditional culture and complete openness and warmth toward international visitors makes Matsue and the Izumo region one of the best places to visit in Japan, come see for yourself.
If you find yourself in Hiroshima it would be a shame to not take this chance to visit Matsue and the surrounding area for only 500 yen.
Matsue sits 170 km north of Hiroshima and the castle town is full of well-preserved memories of ancient Japan and its culture.
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