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.
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!
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