MATSUE CASTLE AND HORIKAWA MINI CRUISE
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
A thrilling tour exploring the history and culture of Matsue, the famous “City of Water”, with a visit to its famous castle and a mini-cruise along the Horikawa. We will end our excursion with a delicious lunch and an enjoyable stroll along Mizuki Shigeru Road with its bronze Yokai statues, which will lift keep us entertained.
What we will see
- Matsue Medieval castle
- Views of Lake Shinji and the city of Matsue
- Mini-cruise along the Horikawa on a Japanese-style boat
- Mizuki Shigeru Road and “Yokai” bronze statues
- Lunch from a typical Japanese menu
What we will do
- We will leave the port and the city of Sakaiminato to visit Matsue castle, the symbol of the city of Matsue considered a national treasure, located where the Nakaumi lagoon meets Lake Shinji.
- We will enter the castle complex and admire it in all its majesty. Nicknamed the “black castle” as the majority of its walls are covered in black planks of wood, it is one of the few Medieval castles left in Japan that still boasts its original structure.
- Built in 1611 as a watchtower, it is an excellent example of a defensive fortress rather than residence and has elegantly remained standing down the three generations of the Horio founding family. The five storey tower built in 1642 offers wide views overlooking Lake Shinji and Mount Daisen.
- It is currently the only remaining castle in the San’in district.
- From the top of the hill we can admire spectacular views of the city of Matsue, also known as the “City of Water”, located where the Nakaumi lagoon meets Lake Shinji.
- The latter covers an area of 79 km², has a rectangular shape and is famous for clam fishing as well as its sunsets.
- After visiting the castle, we will get ready for a mini-cruise along the Horikawa, the moat that surrounds Matsue castle, built to defend the building and the surrounding area but also used for river transport.
- We will then board an exclusive Japanese-style boat and sail along the waters of the Horikawa, enjoying a journey back through time.
- The last stop on our tour takes us to the famous Mizuki Shigeru Road which is 800 metres long and is named after cartoonist Mizuki Shigeru, author of a very popular manga.
- Along this road, we can admire 134 bronze statues reproducing Yokai, the demon-monsters from Japanese folklore and protagonists of Shigeru’s manga.
- As we walk along the road we are free to touch the statues and take great photos with the various characters, some of which are truly original!
- The single Yokai statues and black granite bases represent a great example of the figurative art much appreciated by the numerous tourists who visit the city and help to keep it active and lively.
- Our journey into Japanese culture continues at the table as we enjoy a typical Japanese lunch with delicious courses.
What you need to know
- The length of the coach transfer depends on the itinerary.
- We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
- Heavy traffic is to be expected as it is travel season in Japan.
- Money cannot be exchanged at the port; we recommend buying Japanese yen beforehand.
- Visibility is subject to weather conditions.
- Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.