Shiomi Nawate
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With the former residence of Lafcadio Hearn and several other samurai houses huddled closely together overlooking a moat, this district, more than any other area in Matsue, retains the appearance of a castle town. The area was once filled with the homes of higher-ranking retainers (stipends between 200 and 600 koku), and the name Shiomi Nawate is said to have derived from the name of one retainer, Kohyoe Shiomi, whose house used to stand in the district's center. Nawate refers to a long, narrow single-lane road passing through an area of flat land. The row of giant pine trees lining the moat has been growing there since the Edo period, and the sidewalk has been built on a lower level to prevent pedestrians from touching the overhanging boughs.
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Address Matsue city, Kitahori-cho
Access Next to the Lafcadio Hearnfs Memorial Museum bus stop on the Lake-line sightseeing bus service