Matsue Castle

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Matsue Castle(松江城) is one of 12 existed remaining castles located in Matsue, Shimane. It was constructed in 1611 by Horio Tadauji. Even it was built early Edo period, Tensyu takes the old style of Japanese Castles. Tensyu is 4 layers 5 stories plus basement building. The height of Tensyu including stone basement is about 30m tall. Because of its historical value, Matsue Castle is designated as national historic sie, and chosen as one of 100 best Japanese castles and 100 best Sakura spots. There are also stone walls and moat are preserved in original constructions. Yagura and walls are recently reconstructed.

Tourist Info.
There is parking and restroom.
Admission: 550 yen for adult, 280 yen for kids. For foreigners, 280 yen for adult and 140 yen for kids.
Open: 8:30 to 18:30 (last entry 18:00) From Oct. to March 31, close at 17:00 (last entry 16:30)

0. Izumoshi Station.
1. use JR Sanin Line to Matsue.
2. use bus to Matsue Castle.

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Map around Matsue Castle

Detailed Travel Guide

Castle Type: Hilltop
Built in: 1611 by Horio Tadauji.
Class: 12 existent original castles.

Matsue Castle is one of 12 castles that built in early Edo period and survived though today. It was constructed by Horio Tadauji in 1611. Horio Tadauji was the son of Horio Yoshiharu, one of feudal lord of Sengoku. He was given the land of Matsue by Tokugawa Ieyasu after the victory of Sekigahara. However, the former castle of Matsue was the mountain castle, and it was not convenient for building castle town. Therefore, Horio Tadauji built a new castle on Matsuji castle.

The construction started in 1607 and finished in 1611. His father Yoshiharu died in this year and couldn't watch the complete castle.

Horio clan was abandoned in 1633, and Matsudaira clan was moved to Matsue in 1638.

The structure of Tensyu is 4 layers and 5 stories. In the stone basement, there is basement floor. It is 30m tall in total.

It is considered as the one of 3 great Lake Castles. Yagura of 2nd bailey and 3rd bailey is reconstructed.