Travel Japan – Matsue Castle

28 Jun

It was a short train ride from Yasugi to Matsue where there is a castle that has stood since 1611. It is one of the few remaining original castles in Japan. It is built in watchtower style. From the outside it looks to be 5 stories tall, but has 6 floors inside.

Entering it is humbling and freeing at the same time. I felt transported to a different age. It made me feel very protected with the solidness of its large square floors. There was an art exhibit going on. It is an excellent place for that.

Yatsumo and Setsu

View from near the top with roof detail

Each side of the castle faces one of the cardinal directions.

There was a shrine on the grounds.

And a regional museum, Matsue Kyodo Kan–

What impressed me most was seeing wooden and metal boots!

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on June 28, 2011 in Abundance, Japan


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3 responses to “Travel Japan – Matsue Castle

  1. Petty Witter

    June 29, 2011 at 3:38 am

    Those ‘cloud’ photographs are tremendous. And as for those lights, simply beautiful. Many thanks for sharing such wonderful images with us.

  2. Holly

    July 1, 2011 at 11:50 am

    What a lovely castle. And the wooden and metal boots??!! I can’t even imagine. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jen C.

    July 10, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I love traditional Japanese architecture. It’s so beautiful and everything they design makes sense because it works with their surroundings and with nature.


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