Matsue Castle – Shimane | Travel Information

Matsue Castle in shimane

Matsue Castle, Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture, is one of the only standing castles from Japan’s Feudal Era. Construction of the castle began in 1607, taking only 4 years to complete. Matsue Castle is built only 800m away from Lake Shinji. The 5 stories of the Castle and the small hill the Castle is built atop, provide stunning views of Matsue City, and Lake Shinji from the observation deck on the top floor.

Most castles in Japan were built out of wood during the feudal era, as it was the most accessible resource that could create the castle. Unfortunately, if you didn’t know, Wood tends to burn when it gets struck by lightning or set ablaze by attackers. Fortunately for Matsue Castle, the castle was built as the feudal wars were coming to an end, and thus, never endured an attack. Furthermore, It also never caught fire from any lightning strikes in the past 400+ years, making Matsue Castle one of the only 12 remaining original castle keeps in Japan.  Despite this, the Castle wall has suffered the test of time, and bits and pieces of the castle’s exterior walls are not original.

Matsue Castle also provides visitors with one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing areas, making it a worth-while visit come the end of March/early April. At the other end of the spectrum, Autumn is also very popular among tourists, as the colours are transitioning, creating another beautiful view.

Nearby, you can find the Hearn Museum and Samurai Residence, which house historic memorabilia from when the feudal era when the castle was in service.

Fun for Children & Families

Not Stroller/Pram Friendly

Good for 1 - 2 People

Good for Groups

Not Wheelchair Friendly

Accepts Cash

Doesn't Accept Credit Cards

Admission & Hours

  • 8:30am-6:30pm (April til September)
  • 8:30am-5:00pm (October til March)
  • 560 (280JPY For foreign nationals)


Accommodation In Matsue
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