The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum is dedicated to the British explorer who arrived in Japan in the 1800s. The museum was opened in 1934, thirty years after Hearn’s passing, and was renovated and expanded in 2016. Hearn became a naturalized Japanese citizen after marrying Koizumi Setsu, the daughter of a Matsue samurai, in 1896.
Hearn was best known for his book of short stories, “Kwaidan”, among his thirty other publications. His writings were loved for its authentic views on Meiji-era Japan, unbiased by his Western origins. Hearn’s stories also contained many prophetical themes whose significance stays true even to this day.
Located near the grounds of Matsue Castle in Shimane Prefecture, the two-story museum building consists of three exhibition rooms, a theatre, museum shop, library, and multi-purpose space. The building itself was designed to match the traditional atmosphere of Matsue City, resembling a Japanese-style home instead of a modern museum facility.
From JR Matsue Station:
Lakeline Bus approx. 16 min. Get off at “Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum”.
Matsue City Bus approx. 18 min. Get off at “Shiominawate”, 6 minute walk.
Ichibata Bus approx. 20 min. Get off at “Shiominawate Iriguchi”, 1 minute walk.
20-minute walk from Ichibata Electric Railways Matsue Shinjiko Onsen Station
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