Matsue Castle (Matsue-jo) was built by the daimyo Horio Yoshiharu, who governed the region of the present Shimane Prefecture, over a period of five years starting 1607. All the buildings which functioned as a castle were demolished except for the donjon and the stone wall when political power passed from the Edo shogunate to the Meiji government. The donjon, which is designated one of Japan's Important Cultural Properties, has five tiers and is about 30 m tall. It is characterized by a structure designed for actual warfare with a well for underground siege, and the top floor is an observation level.'
Address: 1-5 Tono-machi, Matsue-shi, Shimane
Admission Fee: 550 yen
Closed: Open throughout the year
[Bus]JR Matsue Station/Bus/10 min./Matsue-jo Otemae Bus Stop/On foot/5 min.