City stroll in Matsue – Shimane, Japan

Photo gallery post…

Also in town… Matsue Castle

How to get there?

Matsue train station (JR rail), Japan

Shimane prefecture.

Quick Orientation

Matsue, Shimane prefecture. North of Okayama / Osaka. Belongs to the strip known as the Sanin. Sanin is not as developed as the Sanyo region and hence less visitors and less crowds.

Matsue is 5-6 hours train from Tokyo. From Okayama to Matsue 2.5 hours.

JR pass holders, make sure you check the route, the sunrise izumo night train (Tokyo-Matsue) required a JPY9500 surcharge. Unless you prebook the nobi nobi compartment (free with the pass, but often full), the night train will be expensive.

The JR pass inclusive route is via Okayama. There’s only 1 train per hour from Okayama to Matsue (JR Yakumo).


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