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Blue hour sakura at Himeji-jo

Himeji-jo or Himeji castle is one of the few remaining medieval Japanese castles ans is a stunning sight. I was fortunate to visit in the middle of the sakura-season which didn't lessen the beauty.


Himeji-jo is sometimes called the white heron and the current castle was built in 1580 even though some things are later additions.


After having visited the castle I turned around to look at it again and then realized that there was a evening hanami (cherry-blossom-watching) session starting a while later so I thought that I could stick around for a little while longer. I did not regret that decision...


The castle has been a UNESCO world heritage since 1993.


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Taken on April 4, 2010