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Matsue Castle松江城(千鳥城)

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.


Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5 (MatsueArea)

phone 0852214030

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

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Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tonomachi 1-5 [ map ]
8:30-18:00(Last entry)
[Oct.-Mar.]8:30-16:30(Last entry)
open everyday
[Honmaru Admission fee] Free
[Tonshukaku Admission fee] Adults560yen, Small/Junior High School Students280yen
Parking Lot
Available (Municipal Ote-mae Parking Lot 67spaces)
Credit Card
Not available

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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.

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