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Matsue Castle
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Apr-Sep: 7am-7.30pm (keep: 8.30am-6.30pm); Oct-Mar: 8.30am-5pm

Description

The dark castle and its moat loom ominously over the surrounding hillside. Built in 1611 by Lord Yoshiharu Horio, it is six floors high and commands an unbeatable 360° view of the town, its surroundings, Shinji Lake and Mount Daisen. Perhaps because it never actually had to fight off an attack, the castle is one of the most well-preserved in Japan, with its beautiful wooden frame, gables and curved roofs. Inside, scale models and weapons, etc. chart the history of the city.

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