The Shiomi Nawate is a 500m long street located in Matsue's former samurai district, which runs along the castle's north moat and is lined with traditional Japanese mansions which have been carefully preserved.
The Buke Yashiki is one of the old residences in the Shiomi Nawate which can be visited, located about halfway of the street. It was built in 1730 and it's the perfect example of the typical ancient home of a middle ranking samurai during the Edo period. This particular mansion was inhabited by the Shiomi family, one of the chief retainers of the ruler of the province, and houses many of their weapons and artifacts.
Gessho-ji Temple, or The Temple of Moonlight is the family Temple of the Matsudaira clan, who were Matsue's longest standing feudal lords. It was founded in 1664 by Naomasa Matsudaira, the first lord of Izumo Province, to house the gravestone of his mother. The gates to the several graves located in the Temple grounds, show typical artistic features of the different periods when they were constructed and are now designed as Important Cultural Properties.
The temple also houses a massive tortoise made of stone carrying a large column on its back. According to a popular folk tale, the tortoise would wake up at night and storm the streets of the city so villagers decided to place the column on top of it so it wouldn't move again.
The Tenrin-ji Temple was founded in 1639 and its particularly well known for its view of Lake Shinji, considered to be one of the most beautiful views of Matsue and one of the best viewing spots of the Lake. The temple tower houses a bell of Korean origin which is designated as an important national cultural asset.
150 min. 3260¥
All major sightseeing spots in Matsue are conveniently connected by the Lake Line Loop bus. A single ride costs 200Yen, while a one day ticket costs 500Yen.