Matsue Guide…In English

English Guide to Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture, Japan

Matsue – How to get here

Shimane Map (From Shimane Pref. website)

Shimane Map (From Shimane Pref. website)

 

Matsue nestles between the Chugoku mountain range and the Sea of Japan in East Shimane Prefecure. Away from Japan’s major cities and main transport hubs it is often thought to be difficult or expensive to get to which can put some visitors off, but it is well worth a visit.

If you want to escape the crowds and experience ‘Old Japan’, lingering for a few days in this City of Water is highly recommended. The pace of the city flows like the  waters of the many rivers, moats and canals that wind through the narrow streets of this castle city – calmly…timelessly even.

From anywhere in the city you are only minutes from lakes, moutains, rice fields, and shrines dedicated to the many Gods that dwell here. In fact there are so many here the area is named the Land of the Gods, and walking through the quiet, tree-lined grounds of the shrines you can almost feel their presence as they softly slumber…

Anyway, how to get here…

From Tokyo

By Plane

About 1hr 20 mins from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Izumo Airport by JAL or Yonago Airport by ANA.

There is a shuttle bus from both airports that will take you to Matsue Station in about 30 mins.

Costs around 50, 000 yen, but depends on the season.

There are around 5 flights a day.

By Train

Take the Shinkansen (bullet train) from Tokyo Station to Okayama, and change to the Super Yakumo train.

Takes around 6 hrs and costs around 40,000 yen return.

By Overnight Bus

Leaves Tokyo Station (Yaesu Guchi) at 7:10pm and gets to Matsue at around 6:30 am the next day.

The return bus leaves Matsue Station (North side bus stop no. 9) at 8pm and gets to Tokyo Station (Nipponbashi Guchi) at around 7am the next day.

Costs around 23,000 yen return!

From Osaka

By Plane – Around 60 mins from Osaka Airport to Izumo Airport. There is a shuttle bus to Matsue Station.

Around 6 flights a day and costs around 30,000.

By Train – Take the Shinkansen from Shin-Osaka to Okayama and change to the Super Yakumo train.

Takes about 3 hrs 30 min and costs around 20,000 yen return.

By Bus – there are around 7 buses a day including an overnight bus and costs just over 10,000 yen return.

The overnight bus leaves Shin Osaka at 11pm and gets to Matsue at 6:45am the next morning.

The return bus leaves Matsue Station (North side bus stop no. 9) at 10:30 pm and gets to Shin Osaka at 6:15 am the next morning.

From Hiroshima

By bus – There are around 14 buses a day leaving Hiroshima Bus Centre.

Takes around 3 hrs 30 mins and cost 8,000 yen return.

From Fukuoka

By Overnight Bus – The bus leaves Nishi Tetsu Tenjin Bus Centre at 9:50pm and gets to Matsue Station at 6:50 the following morning.

The return bus leaves Matsue Station (North side bus stop no.9 ) at 9:45pm and gets to Fukuoka at 6:50am the next morning.

Or you can hire a car and drive…

On the Chugoku Highway follow signs for Yonago, get onto the Yonago Highway and follow the signs for Matsue. (You can’t miss it!)

When you get here head for the Tourist Information Office which is at the North Side of the Station between the bus station and taxi ranks.

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