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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

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
✨キラキラ✨ @hadakanomind - 2018-12-11
@RenOnTheWorld Yus! Also the pretty lighthouse and Matsue Castle!!! The food is amazing too. SHIMANEEEEEE. https://t.co/Wyc3QMzfwk
Cyber-Campanella @youtubeclient - 2018-12-08
Matsue Castle ☆ LIVE #09 https://t.co/4w4tXOLxxo
toshiaki katayama @tktym - 2018-12-07
I found that the scenery surrounding the Matsue castle is very beautiful. Might be suitable for strolling around fo… https://t.co/Tb4Z71A79y
気になるレシピ YouTube @youtubedhctv - 2018-12-07
Matsue Castle ☆ LIVE #09 https://t.co/LXlnThZqPo https://t.co/6goA1UWRYE
Miki @miki_snowgirl - 2018-12-04
My 'special' guide's pictures led me to discover Matsue Castle, in Matsue - Shimane Prefecture. Sometimes called th… https://t.co/g2hxYrKhOs
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2018-12-03
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/DdkLy57ZfA
Valerie Rosen Photo @ValerieRosen - 2018-11-19
New artwork for sale! - 'Matsue Castle' - https://t.co/OQZlZIvPyf @fineartamerica https://t.co/9C6IGrKQup
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2018-11-07
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/JxmQp88EYD
SHIKIBU @SHIKIBU_Automat - 2018-11-06
One of the few castles remaining from the Middle Ages(Before 1650), the Matsue Castle.
Matsue city of Japan's Shima… https://t.co/MA5XNkju3M
ワンコスキー @wankosky2016 - 2018-11-05
Marugame castle of 12 existing castle towers. Stunning stone walls and Iino mountain is beautiful. Matsumoto, Kochi… https://t.co/UqKKSkCxsz
ワンコスキー @wankosky2016 - 2018-11-05
Marugame castle of 12 existing castle towers. Stunning stone walls and Iino mountain is beautiful. Matsumoto, Kochi… https://t.co/lbPgPkEXfA
Kayli @klutzykayli - 2018-11-04
“ Matsue castle is unfiltered “
as in its one of the few OG, untouched, never-been-renovated castles in Japan https://t.co/HEjPC0keKl
Kelly Jeanne Fowler @kellyjeanne - 2018-10-30
Matsue is beautiful! @ Matsue Castle https://t.co/XStslBGi3p
Robert Lennon @FriarRJohn - 2018-10-29
@380kmh Awesome, I saw a similar shooting troupe at Matsue castle last month, purely by accident
花好きじいさん @hanasukijiisan - 2018-10-27
Matsue Castle ( Matsue-jō) is a feudal castle in Matsue in Shimane prefecture, Japan. Nicknamed the 'black castle'… https://t.co/dJ74oBL7XL
LouisYeung @vc325bb - 2018-10-19
#國寶松江城 #現存12天守 @ Matsue Castle https://t.co/Jqe4SkhHFY
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2018-10-17
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/W2eM4pEayS
✨キラキラ✨ @hadakanomind - 2018-10-15
THUS BEGINS MY LONG-AWAITED TRIP TO SHIMANE, LAND OF IZUMO NO OKUNI AND MATSUE CASTLE AND IZUMO SHRINE AND A MUSEUM… https://t.co/LykqZ7Q2dq
チャーチリアン=Churchillian @sisler71823634 - 2018-10-13
Suitooro is the City of Matsue's special attraction of autumn. The city is located in western Japan,facing the Sea… https://t.co/eHwfCDRauC
チャーチリアン=Churchillian @sisler71823634 - 2018-10-13
Suitooro is the City of Matsue's special attraction of autumn. The city is located in western Japan,facing the Sea… https://t.co/eHwfCDRauC
Wafuku @Wafuku_me - 2018-10-12
Dressed in a #kimono, she made a lovely picture.

Kimono wearing and Hair set( Matsue )
https://t.co/CPSMve8BX8https://t.co/FadxeuHHHw
KHΔNノT @AUDiAOF - 2018-10-09
Matsue castle https://t.co/0J0zMrxTme
KHΔNノT @AUDiAOF - 2018-10-09
Matsue castle https://t.co/0J0zMrxTme
KHΔNノT @AUDiAOF - 2018-10-09
To travel the national treasure, Matsue Castle. @ Matsue Castle https://t.co/M6T8CaEsbR
KHΔNノT @AUDiAOF - 2018-10-09
To travel the national treasure, Matsue Castle. @ Matsue Castle https://t.co/M6T8CaEsbR
Kaname  @Kaname147 - 2018-10-08
Awesome view of Matsue Castle. https://t.co/yVs2ByQDJW
Yuka.01987 @Y01987 - 2018-10-08
On Saturday, I visited Matsue castle with my families. The day was warm and sunny, but winds from typhoon were so s… https://t.co/yaGQeVlObk

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