After visiting the Matsue castle you walk towards the river, pass two interesting temples (Matsue Gokoku Shrine and Jozan Inari Jinja) and find yourself standing on this wooden bridge looking over the river. A small yellow boat approaches the bridge and stands in a somehow harmonious contrast to this deep green of the trees and water.
On the same street, where the samurai house is, you can find the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Museum, the Lafcadio Hearn former Residence as well as the Tanabe Art Museum. The faces of those buildings have this traditional, Edo-like architecture and you literally think that in a second a wealthy looking samurai or a geisha is going to come out of one of these doors.
The samurai house it self is amazing. You literally imagine how this samurai lived and how he enjoyed the beautiful garden, which surrounded the building. I would like to see it during spring, when the trees and plants blossom.