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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

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Shouko Says @ShoukoSays - 2021-04-27
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Shouko Says @ShoukoSays - 2021-04-27
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Onigiro Pocket Japan @onigiro_travel - 2021-04-16
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@stephenkeeler Japanese maple trees
the battle of Peleliu (from both sides)
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LIFE18(gkiseki, Atsuhiro SHINGU) @gkiseki1 - 2021-03-15
Yomegashima (island)
This island is basalt lava, but was scraped away 400 years ago when Matsue Castle was being bu… https://t.co/dHOFFW4RQC
Tetsu Ozawa @tetsu_ozawa - 2021-03-14
This castle is named national treasures.
In Matsue, Shimane.

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gkiseki(Atsuhiro SHINGU) @gkiseki1 - 2021-02-22
A cat that lives in the park of Matsue Castle.

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さのの @sanono_murasaki - 2021-02-05
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