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Matsue Castle

1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue 690-0887, Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-21-4030
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Medieval Beauty

You need good legs for this medieval beauty as the castle sits on high grounds surrounded by... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mattara S
Khon Kaen, Thailand
Original condition

Really beautiful structure and well worth a visit. You have to take shoes off but there are lockers... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Carol K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You need good legs for this medieval beauty as the castle sits on high grounds surrounded by moat(now a route for the popular Horikawa boat cruise). Stunning wooden structure outside, and even more so stepping inside one of Japan's only 12 remaining 'original' castles -...More

Thank Mattara S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really beautiful structure and well worth a visit. You have to take shoes off but there are lockers for them. Lots of steep stairs to climb but a sensational building.

Thank Carol K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before visiting this spot, I thought Osaka castle will be the one and the only best castle in the Japan. However, this castle is also very good. You can enjoy not only the castle but also stores selling interesting souvenirs , which was also very...More

Thank limreyinfinite
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Retaining much of its original character, but maintained well, the Matsue castle is surrounded by a number of buildings, including lodgings for samurai. The inside of the castle is basically a mini-museum. Amazingly, access for foreigners is half price! A walk around the extensive moat...More

Thank Gary H
Reviewed 10 November 2017

The difference is obvious with an original castle immediately upon entering as all the floors and frames are wooden as opposed to the sterile looking concrete interior of the rebuilt castles. The six squeaky wooden floors had the usual castle display with some old armors...More

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Visiting Matsue castle was a very exciting experience, loved it! Don't forget to enjoy the amazing view on Matsue city from the top of the hill.

Thank asianwanderlustblog
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

For some reason I didn't expect it to be so grand from the inside. The huge pillars that hold the castle are impressive! The highlight is for sure the 360 view at the top!! Though limited information is given in English- you can definitively get...More

Thank aafkem
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Visited on a rainy day. The nice lady at Information in the Matsue train station suggested the visit as an activity that would keep me dry. She was right and wrong: while in the castle, no rain fell on me. But getting to the castle...More

Thank Hanan B
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Built in 1611, one of the oldest wood castles in Japan. Lots of steps to get up to the castle, lots of steep, narrow stairs climbing to the top floor. But definitely worth the climb. Terrific views from the top. The grounds are also quite...More

Thank AirsDream
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

There were hundreds of Tenshu, central castle tower at the end of Edo Samurai era, in 19th century. As the new Meiji era has started, many of them were destroyed and the materials are used for new constructions. Only 12 of them survived, and Matsue...More

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