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Matsue Castle, Matsue

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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. 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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  • Matsue Castle. Izumo-Taisha Shrine stopped by during the move from the Tottori sand dunes. Can't find a parking space, just hanging around, but find it overflows, but I took a picture. Next time, little over time look you want!
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  • At first in a personal visit, 2nd visit was the tour. It was a space history can be felt. It is there were a lot of tourists.
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  • Speaking of Matsue Castle. I think the best tourist spots. Walk Tower from Shimane Prefecture aiming. Recently was designated as a national treasure.
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good Japonese castle worths to visit. Good and easy access. Nice surroundings.
  • 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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Where to stay in Matsue

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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