Last additions - Matsue Castle 松江城
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Matsue Castle moat boat.Feb 06, 2018
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Uchibori Moat behind Matsue Castle. This is near the Lafcadio Hearn Museum and home.Feb 06, 2018
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Uchibori Moat behind Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Map of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Camellia flowersFeb 06, 2018
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Jozan Inari Shrine by Hearn.Feb 06, 2018
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Jozan Inari ShrineFeb 06, 2018
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Gokoku ShrineFeb 06, 2018
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Horse-washing Pond.Feb 06, 2018
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Nice stonework at Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Exiting Matsue Castle the back way.Feb 06, 2018
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Inui Turret used to be here.Feb 06, 2018
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Leaving Matsue Castle tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Shrine's heart-shaped ema prayer tablets.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Shrine's heart-shaped ema prayer tablets.Feb 06, 2018
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About Matsue Shrine.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue ShrineFeb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku signboard.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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View of the Central Turret from the Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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View of the Central Turret from the Kounkaku balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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Door to the balcony.Feb 06, 2018
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About Crown Prince Yoshihito's quarters.Feb 06, 2018
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Bedroom for the Crown Prince Yoshihito.Feb 06, 2018
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Living room for the Crown Prince Yoshihito. The carpets and curtains are replicas since the originals no longer exist.Feb 06, 2018
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One end of the Kounkaku's upper floor was the lodging quarters for Crown Prince Yoshihito who stayed here in 1907 while he toured the San'in Region.Feb 06, 2018
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The lodging quarters for Crown Prince Yoshihito had only three rooms. Entrance room in the middle.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku's upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Entrance to the Kounkaku's upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Stairs to the upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Kounkaku exhibition room on 1st floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Corridor of Kounkaku.Feb 06, 2018
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Entrance hall of the stately Kounkaku. Free admission.Feb 06, 2018
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After Crown Prince Yoshihito stayed here, the Kounkaku was used for a variety of purposes. During the 1940s war years, it was the Japanese Navy's personnel office. After the war, Kounkaku served as an annex for the Shimane Prefectural Capital until 1952. Then it housed the Matsue Board of Education until 1962. A local museum from 1973–2011. Then after renovations were completed in 2015, the building was opened to the public in Oct. 2015.Feb 06, 2018
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Within the Ninomaru of Matsue Castle, the Kounkaku was a guesthouse originally built in 1903 for Crown Prince Yoshihito (Emperor Taisho). 興雲閣Feb 06, 2018
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View from South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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View from South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret pillar.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret window.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret ceiling.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret ceiling.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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The South Turret has an upper floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside the South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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About the South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret (Minami Yagura). Reconstructed in 2000.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Central Turret (Naka Yagura). Reconstructed in 2001.Feb 06, 2018
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Location of the castle lord's palace.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Ninomaru of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Openings in the castle wall to shoot weapons.Feb 06, 2018
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Castle wall along the stone wall.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Taiko Drum Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Inside Taiko Drum Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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Taiko Drum Turret (Taiko Yagura). Reconstructed in 2001.Feb 06, 2018
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About the Ninomaru.Feb 06, 2018
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View of Ninomaru where the castle lord's palace was.Feb 06, 2018
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Rest house near the castle tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Ceiling beams in Matsue Castle Feb 06, 2018
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Going down Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Stairs on Matsue Castle's top deck.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle roof tiles.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle roof corner.Feb 06, 2018
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Lake Shinji as seen from Matsue Castle. 穴道湖Feb 06, 2018
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Shimane Art Museum.Feb 06, 2018
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View from the top of Matsue Castle overlooking the entrance area.Feb 06, 2018
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View from the top of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Ceiling.Feb 06, 2018
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The ceiling has a sprinkler system.Feb 06, 2018
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Certificate indicating that Matsue Castle is a National Treasure.Feb 06, 2018
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The top floor of Matsue Castle has open windows on all four sides. Feb 06, 2018
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Top floor of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Final stairs to the top floor of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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CeilingFeb 06, 2018
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Castle windows.Feb 06, 2018
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Scale model of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Stairs to the next level.Feb 06, 2018
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Looks like the pillars were stapled together.Feb 06, 2018
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Scale models of Matsue city on this floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Opening to drop stones.Feb 06, 2018
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Opening to drop stones.Feb 06, 2018
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Models of castle bridges.Feb 06, 2018
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Scale model of Matsue Castle's wooden frame.Feb 06, 2018
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Up to the next floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Samurai armorFeb 06, 2018
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Sword handguardsFeb 06, 2018
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Battle fanFeb 06, 2018
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Matchlock gun bulletsFeb 06, 2018
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Matchlock gunsFeb 06, 2018
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ArrowsFeb 06, 2018
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Horse implementsFeb 06, 2018
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Samurai armorFeb 06, 2018
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SwordFeb 06, 2018
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ChairsFeb 06, 2018
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LacquerwareFeb 06, 2018
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Castle windowFeb 06, 2018
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Stairs are somewhat steep.Feb 06, 2018
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Samurai armor inside Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's main tower is basically a museum with showcases of samurai artifacts. No air conditioning.Feb 06, 2018
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1st floor.Feb 06, 2018
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Up the stairs.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement displays the old shachi roof ornaments.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement was a backup space to store food in case of any attack.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Water well in Matsue Castle's basement. It's 24 meters deep.Feb 06, 2018
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Water well in Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's basement.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's entrance hall. You must take off your shoes. Admission charged. Foreigners may get a discount.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's heavy metal door.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's heavy metal door.Feb 06, 2018
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Back of Matsue Castle's main tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Back of Matsue Castle's main tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Back of Matsue Castle's main tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Back of Matsue Castle's main tower.Feb 06, 2018
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Back of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of Matsue Castle toward the rear.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's roof corners.Feb 06, 2018
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Side view of the entrance hall.Feb 06, 2018
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Shachi ornaments on Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Front view of About Matsue Castle tower.Feb 06, 2018
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About Matsue Castle according to Hearn.Feb 06, 2018
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About Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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These pictures were taken in ealry Jan. so the trees and grass are not so green.Feb 06, 2018
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Besides Matsue Castle, the other four National Treasure castle towers are at Hikone Castle (Shiga Prefecture), Matsumoto Castle (Nagano), Inuyama Castle (Aichi), and Himeji Castle (Hyogo).Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's Tenshu main tower, a national Treasure since July 2015. 天守Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's main tower (National Treasure). It was built as a watchtower and it was not a residence for the castle lord.Feb 06, 2018
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Ichinomon Gate to enter the Honmaru of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Stone steps to Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Entrance to Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Taiko Drum TurretFeb 06, 2018
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NinomaruFeb 06, 2018
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Ninomaru where they had rice storehousees.Feb 06, 2018
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About the lower area of Ninomaru.Feb 06, 2018
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Ninomaru where they had rice storehousees.Feb 06, 2018
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Plaque marking Matsue Castle as one of Japan's 100 Famous Cherry Blossom spots.Feb 06, 2018
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Map of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Uchibori MoatFeb 06, 2018
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Entrance to Matsue Castle near Otemon Gate.Feb 06, 2018
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Entrance to Matsue Castle near Otemon Gate.Feb 06, 2018
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Statue of Lord Horio Yoshiharu who first built Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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Statue of Lord Horio Yoshiharu who first built Matsue Castle in 1611.Feb 06, 2018
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Mao of Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret and stone wall.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret and plum blossoms.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's South Turret Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret Feb 06, 2018
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On the left is the South Turret and on the right is the Central Turret. Feb 06, 2018
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Shimane Prefectural Capital is next to Matsue Castle.Feb 06, 2018
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South Turret overlooking the Shimane Prefectural Capital.Feb 06, 2018
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Matsue Castle's South Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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The main castle tower can also be seen.Feb 06, 2018
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On the left is the South Turret and on the right is the Central Turret. They were reconstructed in 2001.Feb 06, 2018
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On the left is the South Turret and on the right is the Central Turret.Feb 06, 2018
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When you get off the Lakeline bus, you will be near this moat and Otemon Gate.Feb 06, 2018
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You can see this stone wall topped by three turrets.Feb 06, 2018
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About Matsue Castle, noe of only 12 castles in Japan that retain the original building. Built by Horio Yoshiharu and first occupied by the Horio Clan 1600–1633.Castle was also occupied by the Kyogoku Clan (Tadataka) and Matsudaira Clan (1638–1871).Feb 06, 2018
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Easily accessible by a short bus ride from JR Matsue Station. Just hop on the Lakeline Loop bus and get of at "Kokuho Matsue-jo." Runs every 20 min.Feb 06, 2018
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Thanks to a wealthy farmer and former Matsue samurai, Matsue Castle was saved and not destroyed like most other castles.One of the San'in Region's major sights and one of the major castles along the Sea of Japan coast.Feb 06, 2018
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Built in 1611, Matsue Castle is Japan's latest and fifth castle whose main tower tower has been designated as a National Treasure (on July 8, 2015).Matsue Castle is open 8:30 am to 6:30 pm (or 5 pm during Oct. to Mar.). No holidays. Admission is ¥280 for foreigners. Combination ticket that includes admission to the Lafcadio Hearn Museum is also available.Feb 06, 2018
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Map of castle grounds and my bicycle.Dec 08, 2006
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Amid a complex of moats, stone walls, and reconstructed turrets, the main castle tower largely retains its original 17th-century construction and stands five stories high. Dec 08, 2006
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View of Lake Shinji from Matsue Castle.Dec 08, 2006
     
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