Matsuejo Castle : The National Treasure Matsue-jo
Matsuejo Castle stands as the symbol of Matsue City
in Shimane Prefecture
, and it is also called 'Chidorijo Castle (The Plover Castle)' as the hafu
(wing gable) in the Irimoya (hip-and-gable) roof looks like a plover opening
its wings. In addition, Matsuejo Castle is designated as the National Treasure
and the National Historic Site. The donjon of Matsuejo Castle is one of
the twelve original wooden castle tower having survived now in Japan, so
it has stands over 400 years in Matsue.
Matsuejo Castle and the castle town was built in 1611 by Yoshiharu Horio who was a Sengoku busho and a vassal of Hideyoshi Toyotomi and a supporter of Ieyasu Tokugawa after death of Hideyoshi, so Yoshiharu Horio gained his feudal territory in eastern parts of present Shimane prefecture as the rewards of his outstanding contributions to get the victory at the Battle of Sakigahara in 1600. First, he moved to Todajo Castle located about 20km from Matsuejo Castle southeasterly direction. However, Todajo Castle stands on the mountain and the land around the castle is too small and narrow for his vassals to settle in, in addition the location of it is not adequate to develop industries in the town. Therefore Yoshiharu Horio decided to construct his castle and his castle town on the land between Lake Shinjiko and Nakaumi, so he moved to Matsue. Then the whole design of the castle is very suitable for warfare, and some said that Hoan Oze who was the writer of Taikoki (the biography of Hideyoshi Toyotomi) planned the basic design. The donjon measures 360 meters from east to west and 560 meters from south to north and it is surrounded by the over 20 meter width moat. The donjon is the secondary tallest in the remaining original wooden donjon in Japan having 5 strata and is 6 stories with black walls. The stone walls around Matsuejo Castle look very strong that expresses enough for visitors that it was built in Sengoku Period (the Warring State Period).
After Meiji Restoration, the castle was going to be sold for only 100 hyo (bales of rice) or 180 yen, but citizens of Matsue at that time held some activities to preserve Matsuejo Castle. Then visitors could see the beautiful castle in Matsue City.
Now some historical materials, armors, swords, helmets and so on, Samurai worriers used to put on in Sengoku period are displayed in the castle. Moreover , the garden around the castle is the well known place for beautiful cherry blossoms. The view from the top of donjon is amazing, visitors could look the shining waves on Lake Shinjiko and the seasonal flowers and green leaves among the towns, it is almost as similar as to what Yoshiharu Horio had looked, so the visitors on the top could feel that they might be Sengoku busho or lords of Matsuejo Castle
Why don't you visit Matsuejo Castle? You could experience what you are in Sengoku period.
Matsuejo Castle by the google map
Visit A Dental Office Near Matsuejo Castle
Visit Events, Landmarks and Areas Near Matsuejo Castle
Around Matsuejo Castle, there are of course many landmarks to visit, and
also Shimane Prefecture has also many other wondergul landmarks to visit,
Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine in Izumo City, Sesshu Gardens in Masuda City,
Iwami Ginzan Silver Mining in Ota City and so on. Why don't you visit Shimane?
Landmarks and Events