Matsue Castle is the second largest, the third tallest, and the sixth oldest of the twelve remaining castles in Japan. It was completed in 1611 by Yoshiharu Horio. In 1875 all of the buildings on the castle grounds were destroyed, but the castle itself was spared. It features a 6th story watch tower which affords a 360 degree view of Matsue City.
Matsue’s Buke Yashiki is the ancient residence of a middle ranking Samurai of feudal days. This samurai house was built in 1730 and is one of the largest still remaining in Matsue.