Kyoto, Japan

Kinkakuji 金閣寺 ("Golden Pavilion"), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto, Japan. "Kinkakuji in snow" photo by Takeshi Kuboki www.

Fantastic Matsumoto Castle, Nagano, Japan

For the next 280 years until the abolition of the feudal system in the Meiji Restoration, the castle was ruled by the 23 lords of Matsumoto representing six different daimyo families.

Matsumoto Castle -Japan

Matsumoto Castle in winter, also known as Crow Castle because of its black exterior. It was the seat of the Matsumoto domain.

Matsumoto Travel: Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle, Japan Matsumoto Castle is one of the country's most famous castles, and is classified as a National Treasure of Japan. It's an especially popular attraction in spring when the cherry blossoms bloom.