A list on Japanese castles wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Himeji Castle, one of the nation’s iconic and beautiful landmarks. Located in Hyogo Prefecture, this elegant, piece of historic architecture is not only striking in its bold, white beauty, massive size and stunning surrounds, but it’s an unparalleled feat of design ingenuity. Unlike many other castles of its age, Himeji was never succumbed to war, earthquake or fire and remains as breathtaking as ever. It dates back all the way to 1333 and is easily the most visited castle in the country. It’s impressive any time of year, but especially so in spring when the surrounding cherry blossom trees engulf the base of the castle in soft pink flowers.
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