When we originally started planning our trip to Japan, the idea was never to spend our three weeks there in November. Our dates were set for October, but things turned out so beautifully with Japan putting on its autumn cloak in November. From the start, I never thought I would see a cherry blossom whilst traveling Japan, and cherry blossoms are on top of the to-see list of most people going here. I was surprised and delighted to have spotted these blooms, totally out of season (whether they’re cherry blossoms or not) at Himeji Castle, as we strode up the castle ramparts.
Our stop at Himeji Castle was a short one, as we did the half day visit during our travel day from Osaka to Hiroshima. This castle is a national treasure and one of the few historical buildings in Japan that still contains the original wooden structure – most of the temples and other buildings of historical interest have either burnt down over the centuries or have suffered the destruction of war. Replicas are all you see and if ever Himeji Castle should burn down, I don’t know if they would be able to rebuild it – I doubt trees to make these size wooden beams exist on our planet anymore.