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. With our online itinerary creator, Matsue attractions like Matsue Castle can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • October 4, 2017
     Through the climb from the castle entrance of Matsue Castle, moat and manicured gardens, will arrive at the entrance. Climb to the Castle overlooking the city of Matsue with Lake Shinji, is exhilarating.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Shachihoko and pillars is fantastic. I don't have adorned the floor than most. So far do not use the thick serial column is one of the features, but its modesty I was likable.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Travel to Shimane Prefecture, the first, of course, the Castle came for the first time. National treasure only, and I felt the weight of historical. Black was the Castle, like the Tottori Castle and famous Matsumoto Castle. Moat in the boat was going to grace the time but did not enter.
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  • June 10, 2017
    A great site to visit when at Shimane preference! Here you will learn the history of Japan and the dynasties that governed the shukoku region! The top view is awesome! you can view the whole Matsue city. A boat ride compliments the visit and you will definitely feel like visiting there again and again!
  • May 8, 2017
    I liked seeing the old wooden interiors. It´s unlike some castles that have an antique facade but modern interiors. There´s also a great view of the city from the top.
  • June 14, 2017
    Great place to spend a few hours. You only have to pay if you want to see the inside of the castle which is worth it but the castle grounds themselves are great as well.
  • July 2, 2017
    Good Japonese castle worths to visit. Good and easy access. Nice surroundings.
  • April 28, 2017
    Beautiful castle! Reminds me of the castle from Akira Kurosawa's movie, Ran. Well maintained. Foreigners have almost 50% discount on entry fee.

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With its canals, rivers, and lakes central to the look and everyday life of Matsue, many visitors arrive wanting a view of the water. And they're certainly in luck, because the city has placed its primary accommodations up close to the waterways. Traditional "ryokan" (guesthouses) with "onsen" (traditional Japanese spas) sit to the north of the river, while a good number of basic hotels lie to the south. Look around the countryside to the south for clusters of retreats in scenic areas, including traditional ryokan and modern hotels with onsite onsen.
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