What we'll do
On this tour, you can spend a relaxing day visiting Matsue-jo Castle, which is certified as one of the five nationally treasured castles, enjoying Japanese teien garden Yushien, and taking a ride on a leisure boat. Matsue-jo Castle boasts the largest wooden shachihoko, and it is also known as the oldest in Japan. On a 50-minute leisure boat ride that tours the Horikawa River near Matsue-jo Castle, you can enjoy the elegant cityscape scenery of the castle tower and samurai residences. Immerse yourself in the traditional atmosphere and scenery of Japan.
Things you need to know before the tour
-Taxis or rental cars are recommended for transportation.
-Transportation and Admission fees are not included in the price.
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
Matsuejo Castle is one of the existing castles and is designated as Japan National Treasure. You can see precious architectural designs of the time. Such the sturdily built stone walls and Shachihoko (a mythical animal with the head of a tiger and the body of a carp) made of wood. In addition, the view from the top floor overlooking Matsue City and Lake Shinji is amazing. In the surrounding Jozan Park, there are walking paths, and you can enjoy nature as it changes from season to season, such as pine and bamboo grove, cherry blossom and camellia flowers, and even plum trees that light the park with their vibrant colors. It has also become a place for everyone in the city to come and relax. The foliage during Autumn is also another beautiful sight to behold and the park's tea house is famous for it's Matcha green tea, Sakura Mochi (rice cakes) and "bote bote cha", a local Shimane tea.Show spot information
Horikawa Sightseeing Boat
Taking a tour with the Horikawa Sightseeing Boat is a popular activity the castle town of Matsue. In Matsue, there exists an intricate hub of waterways flowing through the town, reaching out from the inner and outer moats surrounding Matsuejo Castle. Each ride takes about 50 minutes and is generally laid-back with a nostalgic view of Matsue and spots that you wouldn’t even have noticed if you were to travel around by foot. You can sit back and relax as the boat captain will narrate some details about the castle town’s history with some personal anecdotes thrown in. Note that the explanations are only offered in Japanese, but even if you do not understand them the boat tour is a great way to explore Matsue and take some nice pictures.Show spot information
This spot is a Japanese garden where peonies blossom in abundance. It reflects the topography of the Sanin region, with ponds imitating seas and lakes, as well as great mountains and valleys. A special feature of the Garden is that various events are held every season, and the highlights vary according to the season. You can enjoy Yushien Garden throughout the whole year as hydrangea, water lilies, autumnal leaves, and winter illumination shows are held.Show spot information