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Former Residence of Koizumi Yakumo (小泉八雲旧居)


Historical Monument

Known as the author of “Mimi nashi hoichi” and “Yuki Onna”, Koizumi Yakumo whose original name was in fact Lafcadio Hearn is also known for having taught Japanese culture and customs to the West. The former Koizumi Yakumo residence in Matsue is a mansion which Yakumo lived in for about five months from May 1891. A feature of viewing the former residence is that the “garden” is what people come to see when they visit. I definitely want you to see the garden which is the setting of one of the works, “The Unknown Japanese Shadow” by Yakumo. This building which is preserved as it was at the time when Yakumo lived there is now the only former residence of Koizumi Yakumo in existence.


Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 315 (MatsueArea)

phone 0852230714

[4/1-9/30]8:30-18:30(Information desk closed18:10)
[10/1-3/31]8:30-17:00(Information desk closed16:40)

Review of Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2019/05/08 Interesting history of an Irishmans life in Japan all those years ago
Interesting display of how this foreigner grew up and eventually established a relationship with Japan and came to settle there. Its also quiet and peaceful there.
Reviewed:2019/04/12 Worth a quick visit
Okay, we didnt really know anything about him before we planned our trip to Matsue, but nonetheless its still interesting to be able to walk around a well preserved and restored building from that...
Reviewed:2019/03/08 Tranquility
There was only one visitor besides me. Most visitors go to memorial hall but skip the residence. So if you like nice and quiet, this is place to be.

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Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Kitahorichou 315 [map]
[4/1-9/30]8:30-18:30(Information desk closed18:10)
[10/1-3/31]8:30-17:00(Information desk closed16:40)
open everyday
[Admission fee]
[Adult] 310yen (group discount 240yen)
[Children] 150yen (group discount 120yen)
Parking Lot
Not available
Credit Card
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English Menu
Available (English Pamphlet Available)
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Infant friendly

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN


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