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Travelling to a new city is always a lot of fun, so why not come and discover what makes Matsue tick?
This city is called home by about 160,000 people.
This destination lies 9 miles west of Sakaiminato, and 380 miles west of Tokyo, the country's capital.
Botanical experts and amateurs alike will be glad to learn about this region's wide-ranging collections of plants. For a flower-filled day, start off with a wander around the winding pathways at the Matsue Vogel Park. Once you've finished there, head over to the Jokoji Temple, where the vast array of species alone is definitely worth a look. For those who are more devoted, the Yuushien Garden and the Matsue English Garden also have some pleasing floral displays.
Settle in with a good novel, play a game or just watch the clouds drift by at Izumo Tamatsukuri Historical Park and Chidori Minami Park. Also think about spending a little time roaming the grounds of Aikanagisa Park and Matsue Jozan Park.
The tranquil sounds of moving water and chirping native birds at Yomegashima Island and Lake Shinji guarantee you a delightful day out. If you're keen to discover every natural waterbody in the area, Yomegashima Island is one more to put on your itinerary.
If you're looking to recharge those batteries, there are heaps of nature parks and reserves to explore. Begin with a breath of fresh air among the plants and animals at Tamatsukuri Hot Spring or Tamatsukuri Onsen. For those who haven't yet fully recharged, Yunokawa Onsen and Ushio Onsen are two more worth experiencing.
Ask the staff at the Shimane Art Museum or the Shimane Prefectural Art Museum about guided tours. With so many eye-opening exhibits, you'll want to make sure you don't miss anything important. Need more? Also go to the Matsue History Museum and the Matsue Horaenya Denshokan.
You don't have to be an explorer to witness all of the remarkable wonders of the natural world, particularly when you've got the Yakumotatsu Fudokinooka. This place is loaded with unusual specimens and fascinating models.
Enjoy the imaginative pieces hosted in the galleries of the Tanabe Art Museum. If you come across something that captures your eye, don't forget to ask about the artist.
If you want to understand the now, the best way is to look to the past! For an insight into the defining moments and events that have made this area what it is today, stop by the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum.
Want to look around some historically significant attractions? An outing to Matsue Castle and Teahouse Meimei-an offer a fascinating glimpse into Matsue's days gone by. Buke Yashiki and Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence are also worth spending some time at.
Whether you're a believer or simply looking for a little tranquillity, the Gesshoji Temple and the Seiganji Temple are sure to add some deeper meaning to your stay. Shirakata Tenman-gu Shrine and the Ryusyouji Temple are also significant pieces of Matsue's religious identity.
If you happen to be walking by Eshima Ohashi Bridge or Shinjiko Ohashi Bridge, make sure you stop and think for a moment or two. It's also worth researching the origins of these structures.
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