The Capital of Water, Matsue
Matsue is a castle town with a settled atmosphere along with its attractive history and highly developed culture. The city is surrounded by Lake Shinji, the Ohashi River and Hori-wari, a special kind of channel. The town is especially well known for its beautiful sunsets in each season, reflected on the surface of Lake Shinji in different colors. Other signs of Matsue’s attractiveness can be found in its Onsen hot springs along Lake Shinji. The city was loved by the great English writer, Yakumo Koizumi, also known as Lafcadio Hearn and is home to abundant myths and historical sites where the ancient Izumo culture was born. It is also famous for matcha green tea and Japanese confectionery, and is a city with many delicious foods, including the seven delicacies of Lake Shinji. Matsue’s specialties are Shijimi freshwater clam, Izumo Soba noodles, Ago-noyaki, Tsuda Kabuzuke pickles, many kinds of locally brewed sake and winter crab.
Sightseeing Highlights in Matsue
Matsue Castle (National Treasure)
Matsue History Museum
Horikawa Excursion Boat
This is a fun boat ride which circles around Matsue Castle. A thrilling ride goes under the bridge. During the winter, nice kotatsu (table with an electric heater underneath and covered by a quilt) will be set on the boat.
Matsue Fogel Park
Important Annual Events in Matsue
Matsue Food Festival
This cherry blossom festival is held at the site chosen as one of the 100 Best Cherry Blossom Spots in Japan and its night-time light up is just gorgeous. On Saturday and Sunday of the festival week, a Japanese traditional music concert, traditional dance and Yasugi folk song will be performed.
Matsue Samurai Warriors Procession
Memorial Service for Chasen Tea Ceremony Whisk
Peony Festival on Daikon-jima Island
Matsue Water Town Festival
Lantern Flowing Festival
Matsue Castle Tea Ceremony Party
Matsue Festival Dou Procession
Traditional Crafts of Matsue
One of the most renowned pottery kilns with more than 300 years of history. It still makes excellent tea ceremony utensils.
Matsue Ane-sama Ningyo Doll
This is a Japanese doll made of washi paper whose tradition has been passed down from the Edo period. The doll has a simple and warm taste. There are three different hair styles: Shimada, Momo-ware and Okappa.
Food & Specialties of Matsue
Wagashi Japanese Confectionery
Ago Noyaki Grilled Flying Fish
Lake Shinji’s Yamato Shijimi Clam
This is one of the seven delicacies caught in Lake Shinji. It is preferred for its delicious flavor the secret of which is the lake’s brackish water. Fishermen go out to catch clams in the early morning creating an idyllic scene with many boats floating on the lake.
Because the soft outer skin of the grain of buckwheat is milled together, Izumo Soba noodles have a dark black color, strong aroma and rich taste. The Warigo-soba is served in the three bowls and is the most popular one in Izumo.
Izumo Premium Tea
Matsue is one of the well-known tea production areas in Japan and there are many traditional tea shops in the town. Its characteristic is that the tea in Matsue has a rich taste and aroma even for the second and third cup. People in Matsue drink matcha on a daily basis.
- Matsue Station on the JR Sanin Main Line
- Matsue Tourism Association
- TEL：0852-27-5843 / FAX：0852-26-6869
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- URL： https://www.kankou-matsue.jp/