Explore these 2 Amazing ’Crow Castles’ of Japan

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  • Some monuments attract a lot of people because of their exteriors such as the Taj Mahal which is carved out entirely of white marble. Japanese architecture is very aesthetic and unique. The following are Japanese black castles which have all-black exteriors and are amazing to see.

    1. Okayama Castle

    Okayama city is the capital of the Okayama prefecture located in the Chugoku region of the Honshu island of Japan. It has a number of remarkable places to visit. The Okayama castle is one of the popular castles in Japan and has a unique look and a long history behind it. It was built in the late 16th century by Ukta Naoie who was a daimyo of the Bizen province, which is now the southeastern part of the Okayama prefecture. This castle was severely damaged during the world war but somehow replicated after it. Unlike other castles, it has a black exterior which earns its nickname of ‘Crow Castle’.

    One of the famous gardens of Japan, the ‘Koraku-en’ is also located near the castle. Koraku-en is considered as one of the three most famous gardens of Japan including Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Kairaku-en in Mito. It was added as a private garden to the castle. Before the establishment of Tokugawa Shogunate, the castle had more golden roof carvings or gargoyles and it used to be called the ‘Golden Crow Castle’.



    Okayama City Website

    2. Matsumoto Castle


    Matsumoto castle is also a legendary castle situated in the city of Matsumoto in Nagano prefecture. This 16th-century castle underwent many renovations over time and it is a national treasure of Japan. ‘National Treasure’ is a term attributed to great historical and cultural properties of Japan. Matsumoto Castle has wooden interiors and external stonework. It has quite an extensive structure of inter-connecting walls and gatehouses. Currently, there is a gun museum operating in the second floor of the main keep. Matsumoto castle is also called a ‘Crow Castle’ because of its striking black walls and rooftops.

    Matsumoto Castle Website

    These two castles are a visual wonder and are definitely worth a visit.