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Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence

315 Kitahoricho, Matsue 690-0888, Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-23-0714
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Great home of a great write

This is an amazing look back at the way in which Yakum Koizum (Hearn) lived and worked while he was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Grant T
Melbourne, Australia
In the house of a ghost story writer

The Yakumo Koizumi Residence is an idyllic traditional Japanese house next to the castle river. I... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Tristan J
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315 Kitahoricho, Matsue 690-0888, Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-23-0714
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an amazing look back at the way in which Yakum Koizum (Hearn) lived and worked while he was in Matsue for what would become his formative years in Japan. This is the place he met his wife and first starting teaching at the...More

Thank Grant T
Reviewed 6 February 2017

The Yakumo Koizumi Residence is an idyllic traditional Japanese house next to the castle river. I can especially recommend this attraction to foreigners who are very familiar with Japanese culture, live in Japan, speak Japanese, might even be thinking of becoming Japanese just as Lafcadio...More

Thank Tristan J
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Near the Matsue Castle complex is a well-preserved district with samurai residences along the castle’s northern moat. One of them is made into a museum as it was once resided by Lafcadio Hearn (KOIZUMI Yakumo), a Greek-Irish American who worked in Matsue as an English...More

Thank Chuzaa
Reviewed 21 October 2015

This old Japanese residence (sometimes referred as old samurai house) gives you a good view on how life must have been in the past in japan. A plus is the reduce fee for foreign visitors.

1  Thank Jan M
Reviewed 29 March 2015

I knew why Yakumo Koizumi loved Matue city and lake Shinji when I visited this. The residence was well remained.

Thank 八千代 西
Reviewed 26 March 2014

Literati who loved Japan, house lived Koizumi Yakumo. Buildings of more than a hundred years ago. Wonderfully beautiful garden. It is possible to see the customs of hundred years ago. Narrow building, but can spend a relaxed time. I recommend strongly here.

Thank shinobu
Reviewed 5 April 2013

Although the residence is small and doesn't take longer than 15 mins to visit I really recommend it. The house is beautiful as is the traditional Japanese garden. The house really relaxed me and the pamphlet given in English was interesting as it had Lafcadio's...More

1  Thank James C
Reviewed 2 April 2013

This house is where Yakumo Koizumi, or Lafcardio Hearn's used to reside in when he lived in Matsue and is a very short distance away from the Buke Yashiki. The house itself is quite small but it was pleasant to be able to enter the...More

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 22 February 2013

A quick stop and walk-through right after the Hearn Memorial Hall next door. Worth a look if you're sight-seeing in the Shiomi Nawata/Matsue Castle area.

Thank Brittany P
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