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Matsue Castle (松江城(千鳥城))

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Historical Monument

A flatland mountain castle located in Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture which was completed in 1611, the castle tower, a designated National Treasure, is said to be the only orthodox-style original castle tower still standing in Japan. Covered with black-painted siding on most of its walls, the castle is designed as a watchtower and the top floor offers a sweeping view of the city of Matsue. Relatively simple in design, a characteristic of castles built in the early Momoyama period, the castle is also known as “Chidori Castle.” The area surrounding the castle has been turned into the Matsue Jozan Park; a famous cherry blossom-viewing destination, in spring some 200 cherry trees come into bloom on the park’s grounds. The park has even been selected as one of the 100 best places for cherry blossom viewing in Japan.

place

Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5 (MatsueArea)

phone 0852214030
place

8:30-18:00(Last entry)
[Oct.-Mar.]8:30-16:30(Last entry)

Review of Matsue Castle

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Reviewed:2020/02/29 To feel the power of Japanese
I was proud to see the majestic castle. From the top of the castle, the entire city could be scanned, with the feeling that it was ready to protect the citizens of the town from enemies. It seems...
Reviewed:2020/02/28 Unforgettable memory
This is my first unforgettable experience to see the ancient castle and its surroundings. I felt that I was in the 17th century in Japan because they could preserved well it. The most attractive view...
Reviewed:2020/02/25 Architectural view of Castle
I am a structural engineering student in Japan, so the Matsue castle is a very interesting site for me. Castle is 400 years old and the main structural elements are old wooden columns, beams, and...

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Details

Address
Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5 [map]
Area
MatsueArea
Phone
0852214030
Hours
8:30-18:00(Last entry)
[Oct.-Mar.]8:30-16:30(Last entry)
Closed
open everyday
Fees
[Honmaru Admission fee]
Free

[Tenjokaku Admission fee]
[Adult] 680yen
[Small Junior High School Students] 290yen
Parking Lot
Available (Municipal Otemae Parking Lot 67 spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available
Note
Temporary suspension:Currently closed (information as of May 8, 2020)
*Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Can be enjoyed even on a rainy day
Yes
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes
Infant friendly
Available
Pet friendly
Available

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

Access

          There is no Station nearby. There is no Bus Stop nearby. There is no Parking nearby. There is no IC nearby.
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          What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.