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Matsue Castle, Matsue

Must see · Castle · Historic Site
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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  • Lovely castle made largely from wood. Has 4 floors and view from every floor is fantastic! Shoes have to be removed and carried with you.  more »
  • I am on a journey to visit all of the original castles of Japan and can tell that Matsue Castle will be up there as one of my favorites. I love the color and layout of this castle, it is stunning...  more »
  • Proclaimed one of 5 national treasure castles in 2015, this castle tower with a wooden interior escaped destruction at the beginning of the Meiji era being initially preserved due to the efforts of...  more »
  • The price for what you get is fantastic. This is one of the few places where I read most of the boards displaying historic and educational information and enjoyed them. The surrounding area is also filled with interesting sights and the town itself was also surprisingly nice; I actually wished I had decided to spend a night there.
  • One of the twelve original castles. It is very well preserved and great place to visit if you are in Matsue. The stairs inside are quite steep and difficult to climb, so be ready for it if you planned to visit. There is a small museum near the castle which provides traditional Japanese snacks at a low cost, which makes the visit even better!
  • Some steep stairs but it's well worth it. View from top is amazing. Information on the displays are both in English and Japanese.
  • Japan's 3rd largest castle, more than 400 years old, located in Shimane Prefecture The atmosphere is shady with a lot of big trees. Can go up to see 360 ​​degrees at the top of the castle.
  • Very nice. Even had some exibitions and explanations inside. Definitely worth the visit

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