Many writers and artists, including Shimazaki Toson, have visited the Minamikan, an inn with a history of 120 years.
Since its grand opening in May 2007, the inn has been a popular destination for many tourists.
In this issue, we will introduce in detail the charm, location, room features, and cuisine of “Kaibikan,” the oldest and most traditional inn in the San’in region of Shimane Prefecture.
Minamikan is located in Matsue/Shinjiko Onsen, Shimane Prefecture.
Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture is located in the Izumo region of Shimane Prefecture and was once voted the easiest city to live in Japan out of all the cities, towns, and villages in the country.
In this moderately populated city where nature and urban functions coexist, there are many recommended sightseeing spots scattered throughout the city that you should visit.
These include “Japanese Garden Yushien,” a vast Japanese garden on Daikon Island, “Yaegaki Shrine,” where you can pray for good luck in the mysterious mirror pond, “Matsue Vogel Park,” a rare flower-and-bird-themed park in the world, “Miho Shrine,” where you can find “Ebisu-sama,” a deity that brings various kinds of luck, and “Tamasakuyu Shrine,” with its mysterious power in the stones. The Izumo Fudoki, the oldest chronicle of Izumo Province, also describes the history of the area.
You can also enjoy hot springs such as Tamatsukuri Onsen and Shinjiko Onsen, which appear in the Izumo Fudoki and were praised by Sei Shonagon in his Pillow Book in the Heian period (794-1185) as famous hot springs.
While staying at Kaibikan, it is also a good idea to take your time to visit these tourist attractions.
Minamikan is located in an excellent location to make sightseeing in the area a pleasant experience.
Minamikan is a long-established inn on the shores of Lake Shinji, loved by many writers and artists.
The lakeside garden, with its dry landscape garden and famous trees that have carved their history, and the scenery loved by the writers and artists of the past continue to fascinate visitors today. Visitors can spend a pleasant time reminiscing about the places where these writers and artists spent their time. This is also such an inn.
The Japanese garden overlooking Lake Shinji has been highly praised by foreign magazines every year, and while enjoying the spectacular view, you can enjoy “Minami Family Tradition of Sea Bream Rice” at the new “Garden Saryo Minami”.
The large public baths, where you can fully enjoy the hot water of Matsue Shinjiko Onsen (Matsue Shinjiko Hot Spring), which is the pride of Minami Kan, is a natural hot spring that bubbles up from 1,250 meters below ground.
The clear, colorless, refreshing water is also known as “hot water for beautiful skin,” making it a popular hot spring among women.
The 16 rooms at Kaibikan blend tradition with new sensibilities, and all are equipped with a bath with a view.
The 16 rooms, with their various personalities, are a “Japanese-style auberge” that continues to convey the Japanese taste.
Guests can choose from five different types of rooms, including rooms with a hot spring bath overlooking Lake Shinji, retro-modern rooms loved by many writers and artists in the past, and maisonette-type rooms overlooking the lakeside garden.
Why not spend a luxurious time with your loved one while enjoying the ever-changing scenery of Lake Shinji?
The cuisine at Kaibikan is a fusion of traditional and modern cuisine, including tai-meshi, a dish associated with Matsue feudal lord Matsudaira Fumai, and other exquisite dishes that only Kaibikan can offer.
On the first floor of the hotel, there is a modern Japanese-style restaurant, “Minami”. The restaurant offers a wide variety of local cuisine, including the tai-meshi (sea bream rice), a favorite of Lord Fumai, while overlooking a Japanese garden with a borrowed view of Lake Shinji that stretches out from the back of the lobby.
With all these luxuries, wouldn’t you like to stay at a long-established ryokan in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture?
Basic Information on Minamikan
|Address||14 Suetsugu Honmachi, Matsue City, Shimane, Japan|
|Budget||Approx. 30,000 yen for 2 persons (tax included)|
In this issue, we introduced the charms of “Kaibikan,” the oldest and most traditional ryokan in the San’in region, located in Shimane Prefecture.
Kaibikan is an exquisite inn that continues to attract visitors with its lakeside garden of the karesansui-style with famous trees that have carved their history and a view that was loved by writers and artists in the past.
The inn is also ideal for sightseeing in the surrounding area, so if you have a chance to visit the neighborhood, please take advantage of it.