Eye-opening journey of Samurai’s history still seen uniquely in Shimane

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Samurai are still here

It's been 150 years, since Edo period, Samurai age. Samurai is a thing in the past. This guided tour is to explore Japan's unseen samurai footage. We start from touring Matsue Castle and tracing the footpath of Matsue load. This tour has some experiences.The highlight of the first day is making your own green tea. Next day, follow the Matsue Domain lord's footsteps to deep into the montains learning about the cultural significance of Japanese swords—the soul of the samurai. At the end of this tour, your understanding of Samurai will be totally changed!

Storyteller Tailored by
Muller Shino
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Adult (13-99)
Child (3-12)
Infant (0-2)


  • Visit one of the oldest Samurai castles, the National Treasure Matsue Catle.
  • Make your Japanese tea with hands where the Matsue Domain lord Fumai ordered the cultivation.
  • Enjoy a blend of Japanese and Western cuisine with the blessing of nature and the beautiful scenery of Okuizumo.
  • Visit the only remaining Tatara factory, Sugaya Tatara Takadono, the model of "Princess Mononoke".


The mountainous region in the eastern part of Shimane Prefecture, located in the Chugoku Mountains, was the center of Tatara steel production, which produced 80% of the steel in Japan at its peak. The Matsue Domain is known for protecting and controlling the management of this steel production. On this tour, you can see the National Treasure Matsue Castle from close up and enjoy the specialty Izumo soba, buckwheat noodles, at an old samurai house with an Edo atmosphere. You can also see the tea utensils and regional art collected by the Tanabe family, who were famous as the heads of the Tatara owners of the Matsue Domain. In Unnan City, you will visit the Daito tea fields, which are associated with the Matsue Domain lord, and experience the process of finishing Japanese tea. You will stay at the Amanokan Inn, founded in 1891 and located on the banks of the Hii River, the birthplace of the Yamato-no-Orochi mythology. The next day, you will follow in the footsteps of the Matsue Domain lord and visit one of the three foremost iron masters’ Itohara Memorial Museum in Okuizumo Town, to enjoy the history of Tatara steel production and the hospitality garden. You will be served a creative dish made with locally grown ingredients for lunch at an old house overlooking the original Japanese landscape. At the end of the tour, you will visit the Sugaya Tatara Takadono, the only remaining Tatara factory in the world, and you will be able to learn about the Japanese culture that has supported the production of Japanese swords, which are called the soul of the samurai.


Day1 9:00 a.m. Meet at Matsue Station.
9:30 a.m Visit Matsue Castle.
11:30 a.m. Lunch at Yakumo-an.
12:30 p.m. Enjoy Tanabe Art Museum.
3:00 p.m. Make your own Japanese tea.
5:30 p.m. Check in Ryokan Amanokan.
Free time.
Day2 9:00 a.m. Depart by a taxi.
9:30 a.m. Visit Itohara Memorial Museum to meet descendant of Tatara Owner.
12:00 a.m. Lunch at Kurayado Uzumaki.
2:30 p.m. Visit the only original tatara factory Sugaya Tatara Takadono, model of the movie “Princes Mononoke” and Tanabe’s company town in Unnan city.
4:00 p.m. Depart to Matsue station Around 5:00pm, disband.


  • Tour Type

    A small-group guided cultural tour with an expert bilingual guide

  • Tour Area

    Matsue city, Unnan city and Okuizumo town in Shimane Prefecture

  • Price per person (tax incl.)

    2 Adult 110,000(JPY)
    3 Adult 100,000 (JPY)
    4 Adult 90,000 (JPY)
    5 Adult 80,000 (JPY)

  • Availability

    Available Year-round

  • Meeting time and place

    9:45 Matsue Tourist Information Centre, In front of Matsue Station (North Exit), 665 Asahi-Machi, Matsue-City, Shimane

  • End of Tour

    Around at 4:30 pm, the tour ends at JR Matsue Station

  • Eligible participants


  • Number of participants

    2 – 5 participants

  • Japanese Level


  • Accommodation

    The Amanokan Inn, a long-established inn founded in 1891, has been loved by many cultural figures over its 100-year history. Enjoy fine Japanese cuisine in the tranquility of the 110-year-old annex overlooking the Japanese garden.rticipants.


  • Local bus fare, taxi fare, meals(1 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner)
  • accommodation
  • addmision fee for Tanabe Art Museum, Fujihara tea company, Itohara Memorial Museum, Sugaya Tatara Takadono
  • guide fee for 2 days


  • Personal expense
  • Transportation between your home and the meeting (start and end) point
  • Cost of drinks during meals
  • Alcoholic beverages

Tour Guide

I am Shino, a local guide in Shimane. I lived in Australia for four years. I like nature, history, and good food. I am friendly and knowledgeable. I am thrilled to show you hidden gems and experiences even the Japanese don’t know.

Physical Requirements

This tour is designed to provide an immersive experience, and while it doesn’t involve strenuous physical activities or energy-consuming tasks, please note that the schedule may be demanding. There are no specific age limits or fitness requirements, but participants should be prepared for a schedule that might involve extended walking and active engagement with the activities.

Travel planning and implementation

Registered Travel Agency with the Governor of Shimane Prefecture: Region -106
Shimane Governor-registered travel service arrangement business: No. 5 – Other

Cancellation Policy for “ThoughINAKA” [Samurai are still here]

Cancellation of the custom-ordered “Though Inaka” [Samurai are still here] is subject to the following charges:

Cancellation Charges:
31 or more days prior to the first day of the tour: 10% of the total tour cost
30-8 days prior to the first day of the tour: 20% of the total tour cost
7-4 days prior to the first day of the tour: 50% of the total tour cost
3-0 days prior to the first day of the tour or non-appearance: 100% of the total tour cost

Payment Refund Process:
In the event of cancellation, after the customer completes the payment of the tour cost, the refunded amount will be calculated by deducting cancellation charges, bank handling charges, and any other costs incurred by travel service providers (railway company, accommodation, etc.) from the amount already paid.
The refunded amount will be remitted to the bank account specified by the customer.

Cancellation Date:
The date of cancellation refers to the date and time when the notice is received by “Though Inaka” based on Japan time. This contrasts with the local date and time when the customer sends the cancellation notice.

Refund Processing Time:
Please allow up to 14 days for the refund to be credited to the customer’s account.

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“Though Inaka” reserves the right to alter the itinerary or tour components if necessary for reasons beyond our control. Any changes will be communicated to participants in a timely manner.

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If you are unable to attend the tour, you may substitute another person. Please notify us in advance with the substitute participant’s details.

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