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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

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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BSU Japanese Language Society @BSUJapLanSoc - 2019-02-14
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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.

Incredibly sturdy and… https://t.co/AH7HjH3ZKl
Rex Lam @rexlamkm - 2019-02-08
Kulu the cat and Kitty the slave tried to move the castle. ilovekulu Obviously they failed.

Incredibly sturdy and… https://t.co/QraKPMMKyL
Japan Travel @JapanTravel - 2019-02-01
Shimane is second least populous prefecture in Japan, but with attractions like Matsue Castle and Inasanohama Beach… https://t.co/nFJYH7TbQX
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2019-01-30
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/VqVX8kPFYs
tamami @rontamamomo - 2019-01-30
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Tokyo Fox 🦊 (東京狐) 🇬🇧🇯🇵 @tokyofox - 2019-01-28
Matsue castle

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ebiten @almostprawn - 2019-01-28
松江城(Matsue-Castle) Shimane prefecture. Japan. https://t.co/RHcilZksnb
ebiten @almostprawn - 2019-01-28
松江城(Matsue-Castle) Shimane prefecture. Japan. https://t.co/RHcilZksnb
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
Winter in Japan.(19)
- Matsue castle in Matsue city, Shimane Prefecture, Japan.
#Japan #Shimane #CoolJapan?… https://t.co/szwxD4Xh5e
Chirassy @nagasawa_d - 2019-01-16
🏯We've finally traveled back in time 400 years ago ⏳❣️😻This samurai is Yoshiharu Horio, the founder of the Matsue d… https://t.co/rjZyyJZtv1
ビブロスの本棚 @Biblos_Library - 2019-01-16
Matsue Castle has no elevator. We climb up the paulownia stairway from the time of construction. If the enemy is at… https://t.co/GqtuEuzEaf
Chirassy @nagasawa_d - 2019-01-15
🏯There used to be more than 25,000 castles in Japan, but only 12 are remaining original castle-towers and only 5 ar… https://t.co/EXebkMw5T1
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2019-01-12
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/OXy50zRGoD
Jitema @japanitema - 2019-01-06
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Matsue castle
I went to Matsue city https://t.co/soeojTpnpr
Shiran @traveller17 - 2019-01-02
I added a video to a @YouTube playlist https://t.co/aQSBjexQDo Matsue Castle Tower
Shiran @traveller17 - 2019-01-02
Matsue Castle Tower: https://t.co/aQSBjexQDo via @YouTube
Yuichiro Ikebata @YuichiroIkebata - 2019-01-02
Quiz
What castle is this?

(A) Hikone Castle
(B) Matsumoto Castle
(C) Matsue Castle
(D) Himeji Castle https://t.co/7cS63GcuaW
Misa @MatueMisako - 2018-12-30
Matsue Castle (national treasure)
I chose the NHK TV program as the 'Japanese strongest castle' first place!

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Mun-Keat Looi @munkeatlooi - 2018-12-28
Had a couple of days in Shimane-ken, namely Matsue and Izumo.
A few pics from Matsue - mainly the castle. https://t.co/S3CoszYHzB
Mun-Keat Looi @munkeatlooi - 2018-12-28
Matsue was ok. Castle nice but I wouldn’t come out of my way to see it if I weren’t already heading in this directi… https://t.co/QGr44iANFt
Tea Ceremony News @teaceremony_en - 2018-12-27
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#TeaCeremony [asahi]MATSUE–The Horikawa Pleasure Boat that offers regular trips around Mat… https://t.co/Qd3ubgtE4F
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2018-12-25
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/URcdHrWM6g
擾乱 Jo-Ran @joranbass - 2018-12-25
In this trip I also went to a castle.

National treasure Himeji Castle
National treasure Matsue Castle
National tre… https://t.co/2GoCRO0Zjc
Kristen Abroad @kristenabroad - 2018-12-14
The 12 Original Castle Tour is coming to a close. Heres #9 of my visits. https://t.co/HOy06TjRNn https://t.co/YDxuZqsdlZ
yo yehudi🏳️‍🌈🇪🇺 @yoyehudi - 2018-12-14
A shrine on the mount near Matsue Castle, from my run this morning. Japan sure knows how to do beautiful https://t.co/pB30zuTv1c
Kristen Abroad @kristenabroad - 2018-12-11
Youll go for the castle but there is so much to see and do in Matsue. https://t.co/CCOhCGm7FP https://t.co/PpmSIgGxyU

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