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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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  • One of the few castles in Japan which is still in its original shape.. definitely must visit.. The entry fees for the castle and the boat ride around it are discounted for foreigners..  more »
  • The Matsue Castle is fairly small relative to some other castles. It sits on nice grounds surrounded by a moat system. There are also side turrets that can be entered. The views from the top of the ca...  more »
  • The castle as seen from the neighborhood and as you approach it is much more impressive than the interior visit. Although it's the second largest castle in Japan, the space within seemed small. Wonder...  more »
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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.
  • Beautiful castle! Reminds me of the castle from Akira Kurosawa's movie, Ran. Well maintained. Foreigners have almost 50% discount on entry fee.
  • Unlike most Japanese castle towers, this isn't a concrete "restoration" but an original structure, albeit one built after most of the conflicts of the Sengoku Period had mostly receded into history. A great example of practical defensive architecture, spared the fiery fate of most of its brethren through the centuries.