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Matsue Castle (Chidori Castle)

Travel Guide - Matsue Castle (Chidori Castle)

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Matsue Castle was built in 1611 by Matsue's first Lord, Yoshiharu Horio. The elegance of the castle's swooping roofs is often compared to the wings of a Chidori (plover), which has led to the castle's alternative name as "Chidori Castle". Matsue Castle is the sole remaining castle in the San'in Region (northern part of the Chugoku Region), and one of only 12 remaining original castles in Japan. The castle's Tenshukaku central tower offers a panoramic view of the castle grounds and surroundings. Beautiful camellia and cherry blossoms fill the castle grounds in spring and it is a recognized symbol of the historic city.
The road alongside the moat on the north-eastern side of the castle is known as the Shiomi Nawate, at one time a narrow lane throught the old Samurai quarter. The high tile-topped walls still remain from that era and there are a number of places of interest.

Opening HoursOpening Hours

  • Castle grounds: 7:00 - 19:30 (April - September)
  • Castle grounds: 8:30 - 17:00 (October - March)
  • Castle tower: 8:30 - 18:30 (April - September) *admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • Castle tower: 8:30 - 17:00 (October - March) *admission until 30 minutes before closing

ClosedClosed

  • No closing days

Price / Entrance FeePrice / Entrance Fee

  • Castle grounds: Admission Free
  • Castle tower: 560 yen (General, Adult)
  • Castle tower: 280 yen (Child)
  • Castle tower: 280 yen (non-Japanese tourist)

Access / Public TransportAccess / Public Transport

  • 10 minutes from JR Matsue Station by Lakeline Bus. Get off at Otemae Bus stop.

Address / LocationAddress / Location

  • 1-5, Tonomachi, Matsue-shi, Shimane, 690-0887

TweetsTweets

re-how.net @rehownet2 - 2019-04-23
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The Japanalyst - Naoto K. @the_japanalyst - 2019-04-15
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Matsue Castle. One of the national treasures in Japan.

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Tara A. Devlin 🌸 Kowabana @taraadevlin - 2019-04-09
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Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2019-03-31
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daniel cudmore @danielcudmore - 2019-03-30
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ダイアン *💎5/1 🌈5/19* @yanniedesu - 2019-03-27
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Shiran @traveller17 - 2019-03-14
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TANOSHIMU.Japan @TANOSHIMU_Japan - 2019-03-12
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Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2019-03-09
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
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Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2019-02-18
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
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Rex Lam @rexlamkm - 2019-02-08
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Rex Lam @rexlamkm - 2019-02-08
Kulu the cat and Kitty the slave tried to move the castle. ilovekulu Obviously they failed.

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Japan Travel @JapanTravel - 2019-02-01
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Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2019-01-30
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
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ebiten @almostprawn - 2019-01-28
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ebiten @almostprawn - 2019-01-28
松江城(Matsue-Castle) Shimane prefecture. Japan. https://t.co/RHcilZksnb
Kristen Abroad | Travel blogger @kristenabroad - 2019-01-26
Matsue (松江市) is known as the city of water. It has a very interesting history and while you are near the castle, I… https://t.co/wOEg75kAEo
SHIKIBU @SHIKIBU_Automat - 2019-01-17
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Chirassy @nagasawa_d - 2019-01-16
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ビブロスの本棚 @Biblos_Library - 2019-01-16
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