Himeji Castle at Sunrise

The white of the castle really stands out against the colorful sky.

Himeji Castle, often called the White Heron Castle due to its white walls, is usually considered the finest castle in Japan. It is the largest Japanese castle and is completely original—one of the few left. It amazingly survived the bombings of WW2 and the big earthquake in ’95 and today is a world heritage site.

Whenever films want to include a Japanese castle, they normally pick Himeji. You may remember seeing it in You Only Live Twice and the Richard Chamberlain TV miniseries Shogun (where it appears as Osaka Castle). Interestingly, some Japanese samurai dramas also use Himeji Castle as a substitute for Edo (or Tokyo) Castle which was destroyed by fire and later WW2 bombings.

You can read more about this amazing castle at the equally amazing Japanese Castle Explorer website.


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13 Responses to Himeji Castle at Sunrise

  1. Jon L Monday, 27 September 2010 at 4:29 am #

    What an awesome photo.

    • David LaSpina / JapanDave Monday, 27 September 2010 at 4:57 am #

      Thanks, man 🙂 It’s an awesome place.

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  2. Locohama Monday, 27 September 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Yeah, that’s a beautful shot! I wondered if that castle in “Shogun” was real or not…now i know (-:

  3. amber Monday, 27 September 2010 at 5:52 pm #

    If you keep coming out with beautiful photos like this, you will need to publish a new book very soon! 🙂 Very beautiful shot!

  4. Adelaide Ben Monday, 27 September 2010 at 10:49 pm #

    Absolutely love Himeji… shame that it’ll be another 3+ years before anyone can see it like this again (due to the renovations)

  5. Lee Brown Tuesday, 10 May 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Awesome place and shot! I lived near Tokyo for three years. I with I had my DSLR back then!

    • David LaSpina / JapanDave Wednesday, 11 May 2011 at 12:48 am #

      Thanks. Every time I upgrade my equipment, I think similar thoughts. “I wish I had had this last year”, etc.

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