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1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue 690-0887 Shimane Prefecture
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 The best of Matsue walking tour
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The best of Matsue walking tour

Together with the professional guide, you will visit the most charming places in the city. Why does Matsue attract visitors around the world all year round? Known as the “City of Water”, Matsue is so rich in cultural assets and historical sites that most of Japan's ancient legends have their roots from Matsue. You will have a chance to explore the city while hearing fascinating facts and legends. How was a man named Gensuke sacrificed during the construction of the Matsue Ohashi Bridge to appease the spirits of the river? Gensuke is now a legend of the Matsue Ohashi Bridge. You will be surprised how many stories are hidden in the streets, buildings, and corners of Matsue. Your charming guide will tell you what is special and unique about living in this city. Perfect for those who are visiting the city for the first time and want to get the most of it!
USD 504.67 per adult
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BZimm08 wrote a review Oct. 2020
Iwakuni, Japan1,563 contributions575 helpful votes
I am on a journey to visit all of the original castles of Japan and can tell that Matsue Castle will be up there as one of my favorites. I love the color and layout of this castle, it is stunning. The whole castle complex is big, you have to walk a bit to get to the actual main tower portion and there is an entrance fee to enter the castle, it's a small fee and well worth it. You can freely walk within the castle once you enter there are about 4 or 5 floors. This one is bigger then the other ones I visited. The wooden interior was interesting it's primary purpose was for defense and there were slots for weapons all throughout the castle. I always imagine what the inside would have looked like hundreds of years ago, as now they lack a lot of original features. I do recommend visiting Matsue if traveling to Japan mainly because of the spectacular castle.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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TassieTripping wrote a review Aug. 2020
Hobart, Australia546 contributions51 helpful votes
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Proclaimed one of 5 national treasure castles in 2015, this castle tower with a wooden interior escaped destruction at the beginning of the Meiji era being initially preserved due to the efforts of wealthy Matsue citizens and then being disassembled and reconstructed in its original appearance in the 1950s.. There are great 360 degree views of the city and surrounds from the top floor. The staircases are quite steep. The structure has been rebuilt in its original form with wooden columns. There are 6 floors with displays including armoury, an internal well and salt cellar in case of siege and some of the original materials used in the structure. Of note are those elements of the building used for defense. The 4th floor also has photos of the other 4 national treasure castles In Japan.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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HotRodHeart wrote a review Aug. 2020
France119 contributions37 helpful votes
This is a really nice Castle to check out. And the city too. Being one of the only original wooden castles left in Japan, it is definitely something to see. The stairs are really steep, so be careful on your way down. It is close to Izumo, so you can visit in a day trip if you are around!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Ari wrote a review Feb. 2020
Higashihiroshima, Japan17 contributions1 helpful vote
I was proud to see the majestic castle. From the top of the castle, the entire city could be scanned, with the feeling that it was ready to protect the citizens of the town from enemies. It seems nice that the man wearing a ninja costume for tourists is so excited about my kids that they are still talking. The fantastic and unforgettable day spent with the guide.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Jambaldorj Altaa wrote a review Feb. 2020
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This is my first unforgettable experience to see the ancient castle and its surroundings. I felt that I was in the 17th century in Japan because they could preserved well it. The most attractive view in the castle was the European style modern palace of the emperor. After entering, it made me feelings in the western-style reception hall that I saw in “ The last emperor” which is one of the famous Chinese movies.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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