We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Matsue Castle

1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue 690-0887, Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-21-4030
Review Highlights
Nice castle with nice samouraï costumes

This is a beautiful castle (and a real one built in 1611) . Don't miss it if you have chance to... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Orleans, France
via mobile
Small, simple and gorgeous at night!

This is an excellent castle for all interest levels. It's a small grounds and easy to view, but... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Victoria, Canada
Read all 1,007 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent42%
  • Very good48%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“top floor” (14 reviews)
“steep stairs” (6 reviews)
“on display” (9 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 07:00 - 19:30
1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue 690-0887, Shimane Prefecture
+81 852-21-4030
Write a Review
Reviews (1,007)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 115 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a beautiful castle (and a real one built in 1611) . Don't miss it if you have chance to visit matsue.

Thank alain2124
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an excellent castle for all interest levels. It's a small grounds and easy to view, but also is very beautiful and one of my favorite night viewing castles that I have experienced. There is not too much to do in the area by...More

Thank Voodew
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a chance to see old traditional Japan. The castle was built in the early sixteen hundreds and is made of wood. It sits on a hill commanding the town below. There are a lot of steps to climb but the view from the...More

Thank AndC2014
Reviewed 17 June 2017

Matsue Castle is one of Japanese national treasure. This castle is precious because it was built in the beginning of Edo era (1611). The days before Edo era, Japan was the age of wars. So, this castle has some facilities for war. For example, there...More

Thank mariko_tanaka
Reviewed 27 May 2017

One of the few castles in Japan which is still in its original shape.. definitely must visit.. The entry fees for the castle and the boat ride around it are discounted for foreigners..

Thank sanketg15
Reviewed 26 May 2017

The Matsue Castle is fairly small relative to some other castles. It sits on nice grounds surrounded by a moat system. There are also side turrets that can be entered. The views from the top of the castle are very nice. We went to Matsue...More

Thank Scubaqueen_12
Reviewed 24 May 2017

The castle as seen from the neighborhood and as you approach it is much more impressive than the interior visit. Although it's the second largest castle in Japan, the space within seemed small. Wonderful exhibits of warrior outfits, helmets (fascinating), and other artifacts were interesting...More

Thank anneue
Reviewed 24 May 2017

One of the last lasting castles, this one boasts an expedition inside and lot and lots of steep stairs. Great for kids though, it's a daring bellavista once you're on top. See the lake and the whole of Matsue the way the emperor did. Fun!

Thank PVR2
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

A rare site. A very well preserved place. Very popular with the locals, but inviting to foreigners ( you'll get a discount).

Thank Richard P
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

An original castle built in 1611: wonderful! It is a striking complex with plenty of interesting information and artifacts, along with a lovely view over Matsue from the top. We'll worth visiting, and while there don't miss the tea house or the Hearn exhibition -...More

Thank Linda M
Nearby Restaurants
49 reviews
.28 miles away
22 reviews
.25 miles away
Cafe Kiharu
7 reviews
.16 miles away
Hearn No Komichi
7 reviews
.20 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Matsue Castle Town
98 reviews
.14 miles away
Former Yakumo Koizumi Residence
111 reviews
.31 miles away
Hearn Memorial Hall
91 reviews
.33 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Matsue Castle staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines