Preserved Edo era samurai houses

Shiomi Nawate Street

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With origins in the beginning of the 17th century, Shiomi Nawate is a 500 meter long street lined with elegant pine trees, where splendidly preserved Edo era houses serve as a reminder of the importance of the region in feudal Japan.

This district, which is part of Kitahori-cho (literally the area north of the castle moat), was once home to members of the samurai class, later became the home of the nationally respected naturalized Japanese writer Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn).

Besides former samurai residences, Shiomi Nawate features the Tanabe Museum, Yakumo-an Japanese noodle shop, the former residence of Koizumi Yakumo, which now serves as a museum and host of gift shops.

If you take part in any of the festivities that happen around Matsue Castle throughout the year, you will notice that Shiomi Nawate completes the picture of the castle town that the city is known as.

Round off your Edo era tour motif with a 50-minute boat ride along the canals that surround the castle grounds. These moats give you a view of the city and the cultural zone that is unmatched.

Continue your experience on the water with a cruise on Lake Shinji, where you can witness sunrises and sunsets that are legendary. Enjoy a meal as you traverse this unique body of water that is known for its mixture of fresh and salt water.

If you happen to be in town for the spring and summer festivals, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to take part in the spirit of excitement that takes over the city as local residents and visitors gather to celebrate the heritage of the samurai district and the city in general.

Perfectly accessible on foot from Matsue Station and close to many other sightseeing spots, Shiomi Nawate Street is a great addition to your Matsue travel itinerary.

Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Matsue Station. Shiomi Nawate Street is about a 30 minute walk from JR Matsue Station.


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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