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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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  • Visit during the colder months in mid-January. Very few tourists but rather toured slowly. Because the whole town is not RAID, and so draws on the atmosphere of the Castle and the moat was in the castle together with the castle is a small with pomp and circumstance. Exhibits in the inside, surprised in the helmet display. Brilliantly laid or 10 would have been the highlight. That is likely to hear a breath of old times said. The helmet design is distinctive and interesting. Finally, up to the top floor of the Tower, overlooking the square, tasted the homestead. See also Lake Shinji, really is in the city of water. In the interest of time, moat-hopping sightseeing boats that sorry I couldn't get, next time let's ride!.
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  • The museum and exhibition inside is very impressive although not so much English available. Sometimes there are English speaking volunteer guides awaiting in the entrance, do make use of them. 
  • Some in Japan have no remaining original donjon. Sex around the vintage Michael. Foreigners are 50% off admission.
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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.