Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu, Japan was built by Hosokawa Tadaoki in It was the property of the Ogasawara clan between 1632 and The castle was burnt down in 1866 in the war between the Kokura and Chsh clans.
How cool is this place? Matsumoto Castle, also known as the “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior, is one of Japan’s premier historic castles. It is located in the city of Matsumoto, in Nagano Prefecture.It's a National Treasure of Japan.
Temple Entry, Japan photo via amy. Hard to believe the same nation that perpetuated the rape of Nanking and the Bataan Death March, also gives us rock gardens and some of the most beautiful and tranquil places on earth.