Because so many foreign visitors to Japan seem to be afraid to travel to cities beyond the Shinkansen line, Matsue city has provided an incentive for foreigners to visit: discounts on most attractions!
The following are the places that offer discounts (usually 50%) for non-Japanese visitors:
-Matsue Castle (Japanese 500 yen, foreigners pay 280 yen)
-Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum (Japanese pay 300 yen, foreigners pay 150 yen)
-Buke Yashiki (Japanese pay 300 yen, foreigners pay 150 yen)
-Sightseeing Boat Tour (Japanese pay 1200 yen, foreigners pay 800 yen)
-Shimane Art Museum (Japanese pay 1000 yen, foreigners pay 500 yen)
-Matsue Vogel Park (Japanese pay 1500 yen, foreigners pay 1050 yen)
-Yuushien English Garden (Japanese pay 1500 yen, foreigners pay 1050 yen)
There are two more places that offer these discounts in Izumo and Yasugi city (both nearby, so many people who visit Matsue also visit one or both of these):
-Shimane Museum of Ancient Izumo - Izumo City (Japanese pay 600 yen, foreigners pay 300 yen)
-Adachi Museum of Art - Yasugi City (Japanese pay 2200 yen, foreigners pay 1100 yen)
You can do a lot in Matsue for very little, so it's well worth it! Plus the city is so beautiful!
not miss the Oki islands (Okinoshima in Japanese) which can be reached by ferries from Shichirui port and another closer into the centre of Matsue. They are my favourite place in Japan and its like stepping back in time with the bonus of gorgeous scenery and the loveliest most helpful people ever!
Fondest memory: The weekend I spent in Okinoshima with my sister.
Any town you visit in Japan if it has a castle it has a place to see the view of the city. The castles all have the top floor as a 360 degree viewing room and even if some of the castles are not very interesting if you like views then it is most proabably worth the walk. Matsue is the 2nd best castle in Japan in my opinion(after Himeji) and is well worth seeing. We even had a guide approach us who wanted to practise her English and told us everything there was to know about the castle for free.
Fondest memory: Being in Matsue with my parents when they came out to visit. We enjoyed wandering around the city, both the old parts around the castle and the new.
This photo was taken from the top of the castle.
Matsue and Shimane Prefecture are off the beaten path and rustic in nature! When visiting Matsue, make sure to see castle (matsue-jo) and Lafcadio Hearn's (author) home.
Fondest memory: Take the minature boat tour of the moat which surrounds the castle and entire town!
Stroll on a waterfront path and bridge in the lakeside area around Shinjiko Lake. Then take a local Ichihata railway train nearby to Izumo Shrine.
Fondest memory: Hospitality of ryokan Kaminoyu on the lakeside with relaxing hotspa. Dinner is delicious for a reasonable price. I cannot forget the taste of crab.