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Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence

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Interesting history of an Irishman's life in Japan all those years ago

Interesting display of how this foreigner grew up and eventually established a relationship with... read more

Reviewed May 7, 2019
Sally N
Worth a quick visit

Okay, we didn't really know anything about him before we planned our trip to Matsue, but... read more

Reviewed April 12, 2019
Vancouver BC Canada
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May 7, 2019
“Interesting history of an Irishman's life in Japan all those years ago”
Apr 12, 2019
“Worth a quick visit”
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Reviewed May 7, 2019

Interesting display of how this foreigner grew up and eventually established a relationship with Japan and came to settle there. It's also quiet and peaceful there.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Sally N
Reviewed April 12, 2019

Okay, we didn't really know anything about him before we planned our trip to Matsue, but nonetheless it's still interesting to be able to walk around a well preserved and restored building from that long ago.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ThreeFromVancouver
Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank cashmerechan
Reviewed January 2, 2018

This is an amazing look back at the way in which Yakum Koizum (Hearn) lived and worked while he was in Matsue for what would become his formative years in Japan. This is the place he met his wife and first starting teaching at the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank 391grantt
Reviewed February 5, 2017

The Yakumo Koizumi Residence is an idyllic traditional Japanese house next to the castle river. I can especially recommend this attraction to foreigners who are very familiar with Japanese culture, live in Japan, speak Japanese, might even be thinking of becoming Japanese just as Lafcadio...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Tristan J
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Near the Matsue Castle complex is a well-preserved district with samurai residences along the castle’s northern moat. One of them is made into a museum as it was once resided by Lafcadio Hearn (KOIZUMI Yakumo), a Greek-Irish American who worked in Matsue as an English...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank Chuzaa
Reviewed October 21, 2015

This old Japanese residence (sometimes referred as old samurai house) gives you a good view on how life must have been in the past in japan. A plus is the reduce fee for foreign visitors.

Date of experience: October 2015
1  Thank 177JanM
Reviewed March 29, 2015

I knew why Yakumo Koizumi loved Matue city and lake Shinji when I visited this. The residence was well remained.

Date of experience: June 2014
Thank 八千代 西
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Literati who loved Japan, house lived Koizumi Yakumo. Buildings of more than a hundred years ago. Wonderfully beautiful garden. It is possible to see the customs of hundred years ago. Narrow building, but can spend a relaxed time. I recommend strongly here.

Date of experience: March 2014
Thank shinobu
Reviewed April 5, 2013

Although the residence is small and doesn't take longer than 15 mins to visit I really recommend it. The house is beautiful as is the traditional Japanese garden. The house really relaxed me and the pamphlet given in English was interesting as it had Lafcadio's...More

Date of experience: March 2013
1  Thank James C
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