Matsue and its surrounding areas are rich in cultural assets and historical sites. Located South of Lake Shinji, easily accessible along the JR line, is the hot spring (onsen) town of Tamatsukuri, also known as the “baths of gods”.
Located along the north side of Lake Shinji are two parks, Matsue English Garden and Matsue Vogel Park, which are easily accessible by the Ichibata line. The northern coastline of the Shimane Peninsula has breath taking scenery.
Located at the eastern tip of the Shimane Peninsula is the small yet historic harbour of Mihonoseki. Daikonshima, a flat volcanic island situated in middle of Lake Nakaumi, is the Japan’s largest producer of peonies and is home to a beautiful Japanese garden, Yuushien. Finally, southern Matsue is strongly linked with Japanese mythology, and you can find many Shinto shrines and historic sites here. The Ancient Province of Izumo was ruled from this area.