Matsue castle and Horikawa mini cruise
Sightseeing, Cultural, Meal included
A thrilling tour to discover the history and culture of Matsue, the famous “City of Water”, through its famous castle and a mini-cruise along the Horikawa not to mention a cheerful walk along the Mizuki Shigeru Road with its Yokai bronze statues.
What we will see
- Matsue castle
- Shinji lake and Matsue
- Mini-cruise along the Horikawa
- Mizuki Shigeru Road and “Yokai” bronze statues
- Lunch with Japanese menu
What we will do
- We start off our tour with a visit to the Matsue castle, symbol of the city and considered a national treasure. It was nicknamed the “black castle” due to the fact that the majority of its walls are covered in black wooden panels. It is one of the few Medieval castles remaining in Japan, the second largest, the third tallest (30 metres) and the sixth oldest.
- 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 the Shinji lake and Mount Daisen.
- It is currently the only remaining castle in the San’in district.
- The view from the top of the hill is truly spectacular:the city of Matsue, also known as “City of Water”, is located where the Nakaumi lagoon meets lake Shinki*. 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 get ready for a mini-cruise along the Horikawa.
- The moat of the Matsue castle, i.e. the “Horikawa” was built as a fortification.
- In addition to its defensive function for the castle and surrounding area, it was also used for transportation.
- We board an special Japanese boat to sail along the Horikawa waters and enjoy a journey back in 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, i.e. demon-monsters from Japanese folklore and protagonists of Shigeru’s mangas.
- As we walk along the road, we can see the various statues first-hand.
- 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. During our tour, we get the chance to enjoy a excellent dishes typical of Japanese cuisine.
What you need to know
- The order of the visits may be subject to change and the coach route depends on the itinerary. * We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. * Heavy traffic jams to be expected due to it being travelling season in Japan. * We recommend having Japanese Yens available as there are no exchange offices in the port. *Clear views subject to weather conditions. * Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.