Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Japan  /  Chugoku  /  Shimane Prefecture  /  Matsue  /  Historic Sites  /  Matsue Castle

Matsue Castle, Matsue

(4.5/5 based on 900+ 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.
Create a full Matsue itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Matsue

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Matsue by other users

44 days in Japan & China BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ROMANIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Japan BY A USER FROM MEXICO May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan & Phuket BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, culture, relaxing, beaches, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 15 days in Japan BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, teens, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 25 days in Japan BY A USER FROM POLAND May, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 33 days in Japan BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 60 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CHILE May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 22 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 39 days in Japan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 27 days in Japan BY A USER FROM CANADA September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I became a national treasure. It is a castle's cherry. It was a climb, you can enjoy cherry blossoms. (This year than usual about a week late it seems)
    View original
  • The castle's existence as a national treasure. Matsue Castle. Always fall a week went to see cherry Matsue Castle, but did not come to rest. Been selected as 100 best cherry blossom spots. Lit up in the evening and seemed to emerge in a cloud of pink castle.
    View original
  • You can enjoy and find the way to the Tower, the stone Crest mark while walking. Good ventilation Tower, overlooking the town of Matsue. Enjoy peeking from the Castle as well as defend the Castle Street. Castle stairs are steep, but the tower itself treasure from resignation even notice?
    View original
Google
  • Gorgeous, authentic Japanese castle and grounds. Well worth the climb to the top, as the views are stunning. You can see exactly why a castle was built here. The formidable black exterior makes this one of my favorite castles in Japan.
  • 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.
  • This is a must see if you visit Matsue. You have a stunning view from the top floor of the castle and the collection of pieces inside is amazing.
  • Come in September when decorated lanterns are put out near the castle. Parking is free next door but you might have to park by the library.
  • One of the Japanese castle you shouldn't miss. wooden structure without being rebuilt.