Matsue's feudal castle is one of the dozen original castles, which was not destroyed by fire nor earthquake since its estabishment on 1611.
The castle is also called "black castle" or "plover castle"because of its stark black exterior. On the other hand, the castle's main keep functions as a museum, displaying arms and artifacts.
In addition to a tour around the castle keep, visitors can also take a river cruise around the castle moat.
Matsue Castle can be accessed via 30 minute walk from JR Matsue Station or in a 15 minute walk from Ichibata Dentetsu's Matsue-Shinjiko-Onsen Station. Alternatively, the castle is also connected with both train stations by the "Lake Line" loop bus.
The castle is open all year round, from 8:30 to 18:30 (until 17:00 from October to March). Entry until 30 minutes before closing.
560 yen (castle only, 50% off for foreign tourists)
1160 yen (also including samurai residence, Hearn Residence and Hearn Museum)
920 yen (also including your choice of two of the three sites listed above)
9:00 to 17:00 (March to June and September to early October)
9:00 to 18:00 (July and August)
9:00 to 16:00 (Mid October through February)
Departures every 15-20 minutes.
Fee is 820 yen, and 410 yen for foreign tourists
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