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Matsue Castle, Matsue

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Known for its iconic dark exterior, Matsue Castle represents one of only a dozen medieval castles remaining in the country. The castle's key feature, the main tower survived natural disasters and demolitions since the wooden structure was completed in 1611. View the castle walls, built to withstand war, tour the main keep, or take a riverboat cruise along the building's moat. Inside the castle, you will discover a museum of arms and artifacts from feudal Japan. Plan your Matsue Castle visit and explore what else you can see and do in Matsue using our Matsue travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  •  Is a small, but not too much of tourism, it is strong and sturdy. Views from the Tower East-West North-South line of sight the has far-reaching views.
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  • 松江城並不大,而且很酷的是裏面主體都是用木頭支撐的。要參觀門票,進城要脫鞋。登高眺遠,遠方可以看到宍道湖,四週旁可以看到松江市景。  more »
  • 「松江城」又稱為「千鳥城」,原本猜想是因附近有很多鳥,參觀後才瞭解原由是城堡屋頂邊緣突出牆壁的部分樣似鳥般飛揚而來,古城外觀和內部都具有濃厚的日本歷史文化,古代城堡的功能主要用於作戰時防禦外敵,在城堡內可以欣賞古人建造時的智慧和特殊設計,由於日本古老城堡中多數已損毀再重新改建,這是日本少有的倖存者,算算已逾4百年歷史了,在專業職人維護下,相信可以長久保持宏偉的壯觀模樣,聽說已被列為日本國寶,所以來...  more »
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  • Gorgeous, authentic Japanese castle and grounds. Well worth the climb to the top, as the views are stunning. You can see exactly why a castle was built here. The formidable black exterior makes this one of my favorite castles in Japan.
  • We like to come here and have a picnic outside in the grass. We can usually find parking nearby for free. It's a good place to bring a family even with young kids. We will be back again.
  • This is a must see if you visit Matsue. You have a stunning view from the top floor of the castle and the collection of pieces inside is amazing.
  • Come in September when decorated lanterns are put out near the castle. Parking is free next door but you might have to park by the library.
  • One of the Japanese castle you shouldn't miss. wooden structure without being rebuilt.