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Matsue Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Matsue, Japan.

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Matsue is one of the last remaining wooden, medieval Japanese castles, most having now been replaced by sturdier reproductions. Also called the Black Castle or Plover Castle its lower portion is irregular cut stones and the upper black wooden rectangles with white ski jump roofs which grow out of each other like wedding cake, known as watchtower style.

Matsue’s design gives it the appearance of having only five floors but inside the castle there are actually six floors to fight from and the second floor is actually larger than the base.

Construction of Matsue finished in 1611, after the last of the great feudal wars which is why so much of it survived.

For people who like to rate buildings with facts Matsue is the sixth oldest and second largest of Japan’s 12 remaining castles. The best preserved part of the castle is the keep, the large tower in the centre of the complex, some of the other buildings have been reconstructed after a fire in the 19th Century. The view out of the tiny fighting holes and from the platform at the top is supposed to be excellent.

Information about Matsue from Matsue City Guide.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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