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. 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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  • It's a little far from Matsue Station, but it's worth the move. Because there are a lot of tourists, I think that the movement by bus is easy to understand.
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  • After the war in Sekigahara, it was built by Mr. Horio and has been handed down to Kyogoku and Matsudaira. It is now designated as a national treasure, and from the top floor of the castle tower, you can see Lake Shinji and the great mountain on a sunny day. The moat surrounding the castle and Shiroyama Park are places for citizens to relax.
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  • 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!
  • One of my favourite original castles, large and majestic. Quite popular though so the top floor can get packed which ruins the experience a bit. Make sure to visit the nearby Jouzan Inari Shrine with hundreds of fox statuettes.
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