Matsue Buke Yashiki




Built in 1730, this is one of the oldest and more opulent samurai homes I've been to. For a middle class samurai, the Shiomi family had a fairly high salary of 1000 koku of rice. The residence includes a main house and a large front nagayamon gatehouse with rooms for servants. The house contains many displays of arms and household goods from the Edo Period that display the lifestyle of the samurai class.

The generic naming of this site "Buke Yashiki" by the city is unfortunate because bukeyashiki simply means "samurai residence".

  • House and main entrance
  • Entrance
  • Front side of the house and the main guest room
  • Side of the house
  • Side of the house
  • Home and part of the garden
  • Nagayamon Gatehouse
  • Nagayamon gatehouse
  • Back side of the Nagayamon gatehouse
  • Interior and display
  • Small utility room with a view of the garden
  • Servant's room inside the nagayamon
  • Kitchen
  • Map of the grounds

  • Matsue Buke Yashiki Profile
    English Name Matsue Buke Yashiki
    Japanese Name 松江武家屋敷
    Year 1730
    Residence Type Middle Class
    Designations Registered Tangible Cultural Property
    Features Gates, Garden, House
    Visitor Information Open 8:30-18:30 (Apr-Sept), 8:30-17:00 (Oct-Mar); 300 yen
    Location Matsue, Shimane Prefecture
    Castle Matsue Castle
    Coordinates 35° 28' 42.10" N, 133° 3' 2.66" E
    Matsue Castle and nearby Samurai Homes
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    Visits November 19, 2010
    Added Jcastle 2018

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    20 months ago
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    The last time I visited Matsue Castle the samurai house was unfortunately closed due to repairs. It's now re-open so I took the opportunity to visit. The house is very picturesque. I noticed some odd architectural features which proved to be Meiji Period extensions. The street the residence is on, opposite the castle's moat, is a remnant of the old jōkamachi (castle town).


    57 months ago
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    Was being renovated when I visited > <


    77 months ago
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    I haven't had the chance to visit this one, because it's closed for renovations. Scheduled to reopen in August 2018.