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Matsue Castle (Chidori Castle)

Travel Guide - Matsue Castle (Chidori Castle)


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


  • 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


だーてら @madpierrot1115 - 2020-04-03
@pic_nose Matsue Castle
motoya200129 @motoya200129 - 2020-03-28
Matsue Castle https://t.co/a39KXn8iCe
✨キラキラ✨ @hadakanomind - 2020-03-25
@ineffablebfs OMG while you're looking stuff up!! Oki Islands, Izumo Shrine, Matsue Castle, and Hinomisaki Shrine! 😁
TokyoStreetView @TokyoStreetView - 2020-03-24
Matsue Castle Moat boat ride - Shimane - 松江城 https://t.co/19sSG9Kmr1 via @YouTube
Yamato Kadowaki @KadowakiYamato - 2020-03-15
I went to Matsue castle.
It was good that I could feel the history. https://t.co/L1BiqMgFmB
Alison Diamond @ADsaxist - 2020-03-09
A wonderful day exploring Matsue, the castle, Lafcadio Hearn house and museum, local history museums and a boat rid… https://t.co/TnNHUltRB1
Alison Diamond @ADsaxist - 2020-03-08
Matsue Castle. Japanese castles were protected by many flights of stairs, ensuring that any attacker over the age o… https://t.co/Nz1c1NTFTQ
Asger R. Christensen @asgerrojle - 2020-03-08
Several attractions in the #San’in Region have entrance discounts for foreigners, i.e. Matsue-jo Castle and Adachi… https://t.co/97sCpFd1ut
Jason Harris @Sumo_Jason - 2020-03-08
@AbroadInJapan Go to Shimane instead... do the Hinomisaki Lighthouse, Izumo Taisha Shrine, Matsue Castle and the Ad… https://t.co/X0WlBX9AXU
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2020-02-28
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
Jack Queen King @jack72803418 - 2020-02-25
Matsue castle https://t.co/tFrfGsFfhC
shuji @fsojDkb7Gukl5Ye - 2020-02-25
Matsue castle in Shimano and the process of sunset!
Amazing view!! https://t.co/4hx61QiJ4j
All Japan Tours @AllJapanTours - 2020-02-09
Matsue Castle stands as one of only 12 original #JapaneseCastles. Inside, you can explore displays of #samurai swor… https://t.co/TwwvUpPqim
内閣府政府広報オンライン @gov_online - 2020-01-30
Ichibata Electric Railway, familiarly known as the Bataden, skirts Lake Shinji in #Shimane Prefecture, providing ac… https://t.co/kxzsbuUU7f
もやし†LEGGENDARIA @katua_8264ab - 2020-01-24
Matsue Castle https://t.co/VlCZ1SqdOv
るぐらんドゥミ with ネコ&ひよこ @Aime_tan0000000 - 2020-01-22
【#Topics④】They are Himeji Castle (#姫路城) in Hyōgo Prefecture (#兵庫県) and Matsue Castle (#松江城) in Shimane Prefecture (… https://t.co/g4KmsZA2jo
乇メイ尺ムWの刀イの刀 @ExtraWonton - 2020-01-22
.Reading more Lafcadio Hearn lately after enjoying @Tokyonobo's pictures from Matsue Castle 😊👍🏯
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2020-01-21
Matsue Castle #松江城 and its surroundings. This castle is located in the capital city Matsue #松江 of Shimane Prefectur… https://t.co/KNsieBHiyI
LindaS @LadyTiaDog - 2020-01-20
I remember visiting here after Matsue castle, the castle was magnificent. Unfortunately the typhoon rains started a… https://t.co/a5xqxSZSGp
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2020-01-19
@ADsaxist Thank you for the comment. Yes, it is. Close to Matsue Castle.
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2020-01-19
@Ammar_BD He was a British man. He used to live near Matsue Castle in Shimane Prefecture. I'd like to add a new tweet about him soon.
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2020-01-19
Matsue Castle #松江城 is a feudal castle in the capital city Matsue of Shimane Prefecture and is one of the few remain… https://t.co/WD5eXgwcRw
Tokyonobo @Tokyonobo - 2020-01-19
Patrick Lafcadio Hearn ( 1850 – 1904) used to live near Matsue Castle and the photos are his house. He is known als… https://t.co/BJslUkfM5J
Kevin O’Shea 🇨🇦🇯🇵 @MadForMaple - 2020-01-18
Performers at Matsue Castle in #Matsue #Japan. Took this shot a few years back when I went to Matsue for a friends… https://t.co/a6S1UjHbPB
Kate Moore 🎗️ @Little_Sparowe - 2020-01-16
#Matsue Castle. #Shimane Prefecture. By Brian Ashcraft. https://t.co/Ad3YTUQXub via @@kotaku
Balade du Sakura @BaladeduSakura - 2019-12-23
@japan15530575 It’s look like Matsue castle, not Himeji 😊
Global Partners In Education 2020 @GPE_2020 - 2019-12-17
Afterwards, there will be a field seminar from the evening of May 20-May 23. Participants will have a chance to exp… https://t.co/Yww4783fk1
JCastle @JCastleinfo - 2019-12-15
Matsue Castle gets pre-New Year cleanup | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News https://t.co/g2WVrG9YMr
Kevin O’Shea 🇨🇦🇯🇵 @MadForMaple - 2019-12-15
Matsue Castle gets pre-New Year cleanup | NHK WORLD-JAPAN News https://t.co/Vqzv3pSUU4 #Japan #Matsue #travel
NHK WORLD News @NHKWORLD_News - 2019-12-15
Matsue Castle gets pre-New Year cleanup https://t.co/ozOxj63iYN
okirakuchannel / お気楽チャンネル @okirakuchannel - 2019-12-10
In Matsue Castle 🏯... [ ^ x ^ ]
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#ShibaInu #Japan #柴犬 #Funny #Shiba #SleepyDog #Dog #OkirakuChannel… https://t.co/Bbo83hpyOD


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