Google Maps and Wikimapia don't know about 松島城 (Matsushima castle).

I would start to doubt its existence if it were not for the numerous pictures available:

Matsushima Castle CC-BY-SA-3.0 Kumamushi

It has a view on Matsushima Bay.

What are its latitude and longitude?

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I also find it incredibly difficult to search for a lot of things in Japan, especially in English on Google. Having the exact Japanese name and address makes things easier.

This tower is actually not a "Castle" but rather a "castle style tower". It is an observation/look-out tower.

Here is the address: 松島城天守閣天望台 〒981-0213 Miyagi-ken, Miyagi-gun, Matsushima-machi, Matsushima, Chōnai

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I don't know much about it, perhaps it is hard to find on Google because it isn't really (historically) significant... ? I did find one blog post on the internet that mentions it: https://smoloney.wordpress.com/page/3/

edit: another link with some discussion on what this structure might be

  • Bravo, beat me to it. I had the right bay and the same blog, but hadn't gotten closer yet.
    – Mark Mayo
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 5:00
  • Funnily enough, Google Maps does not know the address (Chonai 115) mentioned on most places referring to it (such as those).
    – fkraiem
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 6:05
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    Here's a video going up to the tower. youtube.com/watch?v=jjdu_xP3BPE As far as I know, it is not so much a castle, as a viewing platform in the shape of a castle.
    – Kent
    Commented Sep 14, 2015 at 7:43

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