Walk along the historic street and experience a different time

Blue cobblestone street of Mihonoseki

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The Mihonoseki coastal district of Matsue City is full of brilliant sightseeing spots and points of interest, one of which is Aoishi-datami paved street. Named after the bluish stone from which it is constructed, this traditional commercial and residential lane, serves as the corridor between Miho Shrine and Bukkoku Temple.

The stone was taken from the nearby sea so the land and the water truly are connected. The color of the slate varies depending of the weather, the quality of sunlight and the amount of wear its has endured.

During dry periods the colors of the state are more subtle and the deep green color of the plants with which the local residents have decorated the street takes center stage.

Aoishi-datami was the place to be as far as entertainment was concerned during the heyday of Mihonoseki Harbor. It was the destination for merchants and sailors connected with the trade ships of the Edo era.

Geographically, the Mihonoseki Peninsula is fascinating in itself with its command of the Japan Sea and close proximity to Sakaiminato City. Aoishi-datami paved street is the focal point of the cape, as it is where travelers to the region would have passed through or even stayed on their visit to this cultural gem.

One of the jewels of the street is Japanese-style inn and hot spring Mihokan. This facility is holds over a century of history and is nationally designated as an important cultural property. Experience a stay on the Mihonoseki Peninsula in a fashion similar to the traders and artists who made their way through the area.

After a slow stroll down Aoishi-datami, be sure to visit the historic Mihonoseki Lighthouse for a spectacular view of the coastline.

Access: From JR Matsue Station take the Ichibata Bus from JR Matsue Station to Mihonoseki Bus Terminal. Take the Mihonoseki Community Bus to Mihonoseki Harbor.


About the Area

Matsue is the vibrant capital city of Shimane Prefecture that has been shaped by its feudal heritage as a castle town and its unique location on Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi and the Japan Sea. The city center is dominated by the presence of Matsue Castle and its surrounding canals. This area is also a cultural zone as it is home to museums and historic quarters. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the city is from the water and there are several cruise companies that make this possible.


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