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Matsue Castle, Matsue
(4.5/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Never showy, sumptuous said Regal pomp and opulence that is was like castles. Slow food was also good, but nothing is filled with tourists.
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  • It is at fifth national treasure No. 1 New Castle as the Castle. A small castle, while black. Admission is ¥ 540. Slope away up Castle so the view is good.
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  • Climb the steep wooden stairs to the fifth floor. Each warrior's helmet and a wide variety of replica is decorated on each floor. (Location similar to castles in Japan where I) small but there are, I think.
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  • 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.
  • One of the view completely preserved castles from the Edo period. Great place to see and learn about this culturally precious time. The garden is great to relax. Inside is a museum with many original items.
  • Small castle keep that has been nicely restored. The grounds round it was pleasant for an afternoons stroll and in the evening you'll see lots of stork s flying in to roost in the trees.
  • Really nice view of the area from the top of the castle. I went on a Tuesday and it was really quiet. Great for a walk around the grounds.
  • Most of the signs inside are in Japanese, but the castle is amazing to walk through regardless.