Matsue Castle (松江城, Matsuejō) is the centerpiece of Matsue’s well-preserved castle town. Completed in 1611, Matsue Castle is one of only 12 original castles remaining in Japan—and one of just five officially designated a National Treasure. Built to withstand war and sieges, the castle survived unscathed and remains remarkably well preserved in the modern day.
Find that perfect spot and enjoy the scenery or sail around the castle’s moats as if it were still the Edo Period. In a short excursion around the castle, you can see and enter many former samurai residences which play new roles as museums or visit the 200-year-old Meimei-an teahouse and gardens for a truly majestic view of the castle.
Matsue Castle is a 25-30 minute walk from Matsue Station or a 10-minute ride via the Lake Line sightseeing bus.
Matsue is a traditional castle town, with one of only twelve original remaining castles nationwide as its foremost symbol.
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