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Matsue, Shimane-ken, Japan

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How much money will you need for your trip to Matsue? You should plan to spend around ¥9,982 ($68) per day on your vacation in Matsue, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, ¥4,214 ($29) on meals for one day and ¥3,019 ($20) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Matsue for a couple is ¥7,842 ($53). So, a trip to Matsue for two people for one week costs on average ¥139,749 ($946). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Matsue for one week usually costs around ¥69,874 for one person. So, a trip to Matsue for two people costs around ¥139,749 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs ¥279,497 in Matsue. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Matsue can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Matsue? How much money do I need for Matsue?

How much does a trip to Matsue cost? Is Matsue cheap or expensive? The average Matsue trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Matsue prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Matsue
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Matsue is ¥3,921. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Matsue is ¥7,842. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Matsue

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Matsue based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $154. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Matsue
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Matsue is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent ¥3,019 per person, per day, on local transportation in Matsue.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Matsue
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Rental Cars in Matsue
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Food Budget in Matsue
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  • While meal prices in Matsue can vary, the average cost of food in Matsue is ¥4,214 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Matsue should cost around ¥1,686 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Matsue is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Matsue
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  • Entertainment and activities in Matsue typically cost an average of ¥1,350 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

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Alcohol Budget in Matsue
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  • The average person spends about ¥1,050 on alcoholic beverages in Matsue per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Matsue On a Budget
Matsue, Japan is located on the scenic shores of Lake Shinji in the Shimane Prefecture. Matsue is the capital city of the prefecture and is known as the water city due to being located between Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi, and the Sea of Japan. This historically rich city is famous for being a laid back samurai village with stunning sunsets and traditional confectioneries.

The weather in Matsue is at its best in the Spring and Autumn, due to these times being far less humid and rainy. In the winter, they experience some snowfall and summers are hot and humid with a lot of rain in June and July.
Yuushien Garden, located on Daikonshima Island just outside of central Matsue, is a large garden famous for its peony flowers and lush landscape. When touring the grounds, you'll find waterfalls, streams, stone lanterns, a central pond, and other traditional landscape. The garden's incredible peony collections really come to life in the Spring and can be viewed during the Peony Festival held late April through May.

Matsue is also famous for being home to Irish journalist Lafcadio Hearn who wrote books about Japan in the 1890's. Not only did he write about his life in Matsue, he also chronicled a lot of the local legends and ghost stories, making him a very important figure to the city. You can visit the Hearn residence where he stayed while in Matsue or go to the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum to learn more about his life and time in Matsue.

The Matsue Castle is a truly a testament to Japan's architectural ingenuity. It is one of twelve surviving castles dating back to 1611; in the past 400 plus years, the castle has survived fires, earthquakes, and demolition filled Meiji Period. The main interior of the castle has been turned into a museum the displays arms and artifacts from various time periods. After exploring the castle and grounds, you can take a walk down to the Samurai village to explore the various museums and residences.
There are two main areas of the Matsue City Center: North Side and South Side, both of which are easy to navigate on foot. On the North Side, located on the north side of the Ohashi River, you'll find Matsue Castle, the Hearn Residence, and sightseeing boat tours. The south side houses many of the Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, along with the famous Shimane Art Museum.

Outside of the City Center, there are five other neighborhoods: Northern Matsue, Mihonoseki, Daikonshima Island, Southern Matsue, and South of Lake Shinji. Northern Matsue provides stunning views of the coast, sandy beaches, and gorgeous gardens to explore. Mihonoseki is on the eastern side and is often associated with Japanese mythology where it is said to hold the roots of the Japanese soul.

Daikonshima Island is home to Yuushien Garden, the famous peony garden located on this volcanic island. Southern Matsue is also linked to Japanese mythology and is the birthplace of the ancient Izumo culture. Finally, the South of Lake Shinji area houses many traditional Japanese inns and the hot springs of Tamatsukuri, often called the "baths of the gods".

Matsue holds a number of festivals and events throughout the years. From late March to mid April, there is the Castle Festival held on the Matsue Castle grounds where you can picnic surrounded by cherry trees during the day and lanterns in the evening. Thanks to Lafcadio Hearn's relation to the city, Matsue holds an annual Irish festival and parade on St. Patrick's Day in honor of the Irish connection he brought there.

Being the water city, Matsue is a wonderful place to take a boat tour. The Horiwaka Sightseeing boat takes you through the moat around the Matsue Castle and through the other local canals. You can also go to the public hot springs at Shinjiko Station to soak your feet while mingling with locals.
Food and Dining
Matsue is one of the best places to experience a traditional tea ceremony, head into nearly any cafe to experience the tradition and taste beautiful, fresh tea. Matsue is also known for maintain the art of the Japanese wagashi confectionery for hundreds of years. At Saiundo, you can try their special plum flavored Wakakusa treat, among their countless other offerings.

With Lake Shinji being a mix of both fresh and salt water, Matsue is provided with a unique range of fresh seafood. The Shijimi clams, eel, whitebait, shrimp, bass, smelt, and carp are known as the "Seven Delicacies of Lake Shinji". The amount harvested throughout the year varies, though you can always head to local restaurants for the best in season options.

In Japan, trains are one of the fastest and lowest cost means of transportation. Getting a Japan Rail Pass can save you money if you plan to stay for several days or more. Regional and nation-wide passes are available, usually for the number of days of your choice.

Matsue is a very easy city to navigate: you can walk, bike, or take trains and buses. Three day combo passes are available to purchase to provide you with unlimited access to the trains and buses in the area.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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