Matsumoto Castle was built in the early 16th century and is one of the best preserved medieval castles in Japan (many were destroyed following the Meiji Restoration). Known as Crow Castle due to its black colour, it has an imposing six story donjon.
Himeji Castle, known as the White Egret's Castle, is one of the most attractive and spectacular medieval castles in Japan, one of the few that has survived from the early Shogun period. Constructed between the 14th and 17th centuries, the complex comprises 83 buildings set on a low hill which makes it visible throughout the city. It is noted for its white plastered walls and ingenious defence and protection systems. The castle featured in the James Bond movie, ‘You Only Live Twice’.