What with its sunset views over Lake Shinji and castle town atmosphere, Matsue has a long tradition of fancy ryokan and restaurants, many of which have local history to boast of–for instance, Lord Fumai used the tea room at Rinsuitei, and Lafcadio Hearn first stayed at Ohashikan‘s location when he arrived in Matsue. These are the kinds of places you go if you want a multi-course meal served by ladies in kimono in tatami rooms decorated with old scrolls and pottery.

Situated closer to the castle and prefectural government buildings is Horaiso, a little conglomeration of restaurants, including Kichijitsu-an (where my department went–you can see pictures of the food on Bernice’s blog) and Isshiki-an, an Izumo Soba restaurant. The buildings are tucked away off the main road, and retain a classic atmosphere and circle around a traditional garden, and they host a number of small, intimate events and performances throughout the year. They also host optional lectures and dinner as part of the Matsue Ghost Tours.

Just a few fancy eating places