Matsue Castle

National Treasure and the only one of the 12 surviving castle towers

Matsue Castle is the only surviving castle with a castle tower in the San’in region.
It is one of the five castles designated as a National Treasure (the others are Inuyama Castle, Matsumoto Castle, Hikone Castle, and Himeji Castle). The ruins of the castle are designated as a national historic site. 

The Matsue Clan was established in 1600 as a result of its success in the Battle of Sekigahara.
The castle was built on Mt. Kameda, where Suetsugu Castle was located from the Kamakura period (1192-1333) to the Warring States period (1611-1644), as an advantageous location for transportation to form a castle town.

In the Edo period (1603-1867), the castle was the political and economic center of the Izumo region as the seat of government of the Matsue clan.

The castle was centered on a five-story, six-story keep with six turrets.
The castle tower stands on Mt. Kameda, 29 meters above sea level, and commands a view of Lake Shinji.

The castle portion of the castle is open to the public as Shiroyama Park, a major tourist attraction in Shimane Prefecture, selected as one of the 100 best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan and one of the 100 best urban landscapes in Japan. Matsue Shrine and Kounkaku, a wooden Western-style building, are located on the ruins of Ninomaru.


Matsue Castle
Official Site
1-5 Tonomachi, Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture
Telephone number
Hours of operation

Tenshukaku (castle tower)
April-September: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (reception until 6:00 p.m.)
October - March: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (reception until 4:30 p.m.)

Honmaru (main citadel)
April - September 7:00 - 19:30
October - March: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


No holidays

Admission fee

Tenshukaku entrance fee
Adult 680 yen
Child (elementary and junior high school students): 290 yen

Entrance to Honmaru
Free of charge

Parking lot

Ote-mae Parking Lot


10 min. by Lake Line Bus from JR Matsue Stn. to “National Treasure Matsue Castle (Ote-mae)” / 2 min. walk

Shimane Matsue, Tamatsukuri Onsen Chugoku


Matsue, Tamatsukuri Onsen