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Address: 315 Kitahoricho, Matsue 690-0888, Shimane Prefecture
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08:30 - 17:00
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Former Residence of Koizumi Yakumo (Patrick Lafcadio Hearn)

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... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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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 Hearn did or just love traditional Japanese ghost tales from one of Japans legendary Japanese... More 

Thank Tristan J
Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
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 teacher and also a prominent writer. He was one of the most important English writers... More 

Thank Chuzaa
Bracknell, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
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39 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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
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45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
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
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 own description of the house which still matches the house you see today. You don't... More 

1 Thank James C
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan
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15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 house and walk around and view the private gardens.

Thank Andy L
Matsue, Japan
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43 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
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
Izumo, Japan
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222 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2011

Koizumi yakumo is Lafcadio Hearn's pen name who is one of Japan's greatest writers. He had lived the house staying in Matsue.

1 Thank nobuhirokodani

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