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Enjoy Matsue

On this page, you will find information about fun activities you can do in Matsue, like taking part in workshops or finding the perfect onsen to relax in.

1. Onsen (hot springs) – 日帰り温泉

Matsue is blessed with many onsen. Here is a list of Japanese inns (ryokan), hotels and other facilities where bathing without an overnight stay is offered (higaeri onsen). This list does not include the hotels and ryokan where you need to stay overnight or have a meal to enjoy and access the onsen. Please click on the links to find more details on each area, and be sure to be mindful of bathing etiquette when visiting the public baths. The information (price and time) is subject to change.

A) Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Area (Matsue city center)

Located on the north-side of Matsue city center, Matsue Shinjiko Onsen is home to many hotels which provide their guests with hot, naturally mineral-rich baths, but only a few of them provide access for guests not staying the night. There are also two free foot baths (ashiyu) near the Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station on the Ichibata Railway line, and the Shijimi Clam Center. Enjoy a chat with the locals, but please refrain from eating while using the footbaths. Towels can be purchased in the nearby facilities.

Place (Japanese) Fee - Adult (Child) Hours Picture
Suitenkaku
(Japanese)
夕景湖畔すいてんかく
¥800 11:00~15:00 Suitenkaku
Matsue New Urban Hotel
(Japanese)
松江ニューアーバンホテル
¥1,000
(or ¥150 if you have a meal there)
12:00~23:30 Matsue New Urban Hotel
SK Plaza
(Japanese)
SKプラザ
¥500 10:00~22:00 Mon~Sat,
10:00~19:00 Sun
Holidays: 3rd and 5th Sunday,
public holidays,
August 13~16 and 24, end of year
SK Plaza
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B) Tamatsukuri Onsen Area (Tamayu District)

Located on the South side of Lake Shinji, the hot spring area of Tamatsukuri Onsen is home to several traditional ryokan, many ashiyu foot baths and a public facility called Tamatsukuri Onsen Yuuyu. Tamatsukuri International Hotel is near the shores of Lake Shinji and Tamatsukuri Onsen Station and also provides easy access to its onsen.

Place (Japanese) Fee - Adult (Child) Hours Picture
Tamatsukuri Onsen Yuuyu
(Japanese)
玉造温泉ゆ~ゆ
¥400
(¥200)
10:00~22:00
Closed on Mondays.
Tamatsukuri Onsen Yuuyu
Choseikaku
(Japanese)
玉造グランドホテル長生閣
¥1,500
(¥700)
11:30~21:00
※Confirm availability at front desk
Choseikaku
Hotel Gyokusen
(Japanese)
ホテル玉泉
¥1,600
(¥800)
11:00~15:00
※Confirm availability at front desk
Hotel Gyokusen
Kaisuien Minami
(Japanese)
佳翠苑皆美
¥1,500
(¥700)
11:00~15:00
Only available on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays
※Confirm availability at front desk
Kaisuien Minami
Seifusou
(Japanese)
清風荘
¥1,000 11:00~15:00
※Requires reservation
Seifusou
Tamatsukuri International Hotel
(Japanese)
玉造国際ホテル
¥500
(¥250)
12:00~20:00 Tamatsukuri International Hotel
Matsunoyu
(Japanese)
松乃湯
¥1,000
(¥500)
11:30~21:00
※Confirm availability at front desk
※Only access to large bath available
Matsunoyu
Siraisiya
(Japanese)
白石家
¥1,000
(¥500)
12:00~16:00
Holidays not predetermined
Shiraishiya
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C) Kimachi District

Kimachi Station is one station west of Tamatsukuri Onsen Station, and the area is home to Kimachi Onsen, which includes a traditional ryokan and a public facility called Omori-no-Yu Onsen.

Place (Japanese) Fee - Adult (Child) Hours Picture
Kimachi Onsen (ryokan)
(Japanese)
きまち温泉
¥400 10:00~21:00
Holidays not predetermined
Kimachi Onsen(ryokan)
Omori-no-Yu Onsen
(Japanese)
大森の湯
¥410
(¥200)
June-October, 10:00~21:30.
November-May, 10:00~21:00.
Closed on Tuesdays
Omori-no Yu Onsen
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D) Yakumo District

The district of Yakumo, in southeast Matsue, is home to Yuai Kumanokan Onsen, a lodging and bathing facility, and Hotland Yakumo (a swimming pool using onsen water), both located next to Kumano Taisha Shrine.

Place (Japanese) Fee - Adult (Child) Hours Picture
Yuai Kumanokan Onsen
(Japanese)
ゆうあい熊野温泉
¥400
(¥200)
10:00~21:30.
Closed every third Tuesday.
Yuai Kumanokan Onsen
Hotland Yakumo
(Japanese)
ホットランドやくも
¥1,020
(¥510)
Weekdays, 10:00~21:00
Weekends and national holidays, 10:00~20:00
Hotland Yakumo
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E) Kashima District

Located in northern Matsue, Kashima District is home to Kashima Taku-no-yu Onsen.

Place (Japanese) Fee - Adult (Child) Hours Picture
Kashima Taku-no-Yu
(Japanese)
鹿島多久の湯
¥410
(¥200)
10:00~21:30.
Closed every third Tuesday.
Kashima Taku-no-Yu
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F) Onsen Rules

  • No photos
  • Avoid taking baths after drinking alcohol, because alcohol makes you dizzy.
  • First, wash your body and hair and rinse off completely before you soak in the bath water. Be careful not to splash on other bathers.
  • Pour water over your body and get used to the temperature before entering the tub.
  • Don't let your hair or towel get in the tub water. Keep long hair tied up.
  • Don't swim.
  • As your body warms up, take breaks by keeping your wrists or your torso out of the water. Soaking too long will make you dizzy.
  • Wipe your body lightly with your hand towel before you going back to the changing room to avoid dripping water on the floor.
  • After taking a bath, drink water.

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2. Experience – 体験

Matsue provides many chances to experience traditional Japanese culture!

A) Matcha Tea and Wagashi

Matsue has a long history of producing Japanese confectioneries, and is considered one of the wagashi mecca in Japan [See our Culture page]. You can find many wagashi shops all around town, and also enjoy them with matcha (powdered green tea) in places like Gessho-ji Temple, Meimei-an Tea House, or Kangetsu-an Tea House in Fumon-in Temple. Don’t miss the wonderful Kiharu tea room of Matsue History Museum, where you can watch Mr. Tsugio Itami – one of Japan’s best wagashi craftsmen – perform his art in front of you. You can also learn how to make your own wagashi in Karakoro Art Studio.

Place Fee and Hours Picture
Gessho-ji Temple Entrance fee with discount: ¥250
Tea and wagashi: ¥400
Apr - Oct, 8:30~17:30
Nov - Mar, 8:30~17:00
Gessho-ji Temple
Meimei-an Tea House
Entrance fee with discount: ¥200
Tea and wagashi: ¥410
Apr - Sep, 8:30~18:30
Oct - Mar, 8:30~17:00
Meimei-an Tea House
Kangetsu-an Tea House
(Japanese)
(in Fumon-in Temple, near Matsue History Museum)
Entrance fee (no discount): ¥300
Tea and wagashi: ¥700
10:00~16:00
Closed on Tuedays and January~February
Kangetsu-an Tea House
Kiharu Tea Room
(in Matsue History Museum)
Free entrance.
See the menu on Kiharu Tea Room Website (English).
Kiharu Tea Room
Karakoro Art Studio Wagashi Workshop:
¥1,080 (20min)
Booking required.
Enquiries 0852-20-7000
11:00 and 14:00 (Except Wednesdays)
Karakoro Art Studio
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B) Craft making

With a little help from the professionals, how about trying your hand at some traditional crafts, like carving Magatama jewels or making Washi (Japanese paper)?

Magatama (comma shaped beads) are thought to hold spiritual powers. The area of Tamatsukuri Onsen, in southern Matsue, is deeply linked to them. There, as well as in Matsue’s city center, you can find shops selling Magatama and workshops where you can make your own. More information in our articles, the land of Magatama and Karakoro Art Studio.

In southern Matsue, you can also try your hands at making Washi, traditional Japanese paper inside the Abe Eishiro Memorial Museum and all kinds of other crafts in the atelier of Izumo Kanbe-no-Sato.

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C) Where can I rent a kimono?

What better way to immerse yourself in tradition and experience the historic castle town of Matsue than renting a kimono for the day?

Reservations can be made (in Japanese) at Kageyama Gofuku-ten at 0852-22-0529 (10:00-18:30). Closed on Wednesdays. Prices start at ¥4,000 (incl. tabi).

If you wish to make a reservation, but do not speak Japanese, please contact the International Tourist Information Centre in front of JR Matsue station, or by phone at 0852-21-4034, or e-mail to info@kankou-matsue.jp.

Another option for kimono rental is at Karakoro Art Studio. Prices start at ¥4,000, and reservation is required (0852-20-7000)

More info on rentals in Japanese here.

Chidori Musume
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