Completed in 1611 and one of only 12 remaining original castles nationwide, Matsue Castle was built over a five-year period by Horio Yoshiharu, feudal lord and founder of Matsue. It was designated as a national treasure in 2015. The elegance of the castle’s swooping roofs and decor is often compared to the wings of a plover bird (‘chidori’), which has led to the castle’s nickname, Plover Castle (‘chidori-jo’). There is a museum inside, and the top floor offers a panoramic view of the castle grounds and the city.
Open Year Round
1-5, Tono-machi, Matsue-City, Shimane-Prefecture
With an Tour Pass
Adult Adult 680 yen, elementary and middle school student 290 yen → Freeyen