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Matsue

Trip Planner Asia  /  Japan  /  Chugoku  /  Shimane Prefecture  /  Matsue
(3.9/5 based on 3,200+ reviews for top 30 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, religious sites, nature
Matsue sits on the banks of the Ohashi-gawa river, channeling its waters through a series of canals and rivers that add much to the scenic aspect of the urban area. Pleasure boats glide along the waters, offering views of the main attractions in Matsue as they go, including the old and storied castle around which the city has developed, and a number of old Shinto shrines. The river connects two large lakes that sit either side of the city, further adding to Matsue's reputation as a scenic town by the water. Our Japan vacation trip planner combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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With its canals, rivers, and lakes central to the look and everyday life of Matsue, many visitors arrive wanting a view of the water. And they're certainly in luck, because the city has placed its primary accommodations up close to the waterways. Traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) sit to the north of the river, while a good number of basic hotels lie to the south. Look around the countryside to the south for clusters of retreats in scenic areas, including traditional ryokan and modern hotels with onsite onsen.
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