When you have climbed the stairs and paid your entrance fee, This is what you see , the magnificent wooden castle!

Matsue Castle (松江城 Matsue-jō) is a feudal castle.
Nicknamed the “black castle” or “plover castle”, it is one of the few remaining medieval castles in Japan – at least of the few remaining in their original wooden form, and not a modern reconstruction!

The construction of Matsue Castle began in 1607 and finished in 1611, under the local lord Horio Yoshiharu.
Most Japanese castles have been damaged or destroyed by war, earthquakes, or other causes. Since a large part of their construction was wooden, fire was a major hazard. Matsue castle was built after the last great war of feudal Japan,
so it never saw a battle.
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