Let’s face it, we all need a little dose of travel to kick-start our working week; an image of some far-flung location to get the daydream juices flowing. Presenting our Weekday Wanderlust series.
Cherry blossom season has sprung in Japan! Throughout April and May, the flower – known locally as sakura – will continue to sweep north across the country (you can track its progress here). This week’s photograph is courtesy of transez, and hails from Himeji in Hyogo Prefacture, where the sakura is just now arriving. Through the blossoms you can see the World Heritage-listed Himeji (or White Heron) Castle. These fortifications were once home to 10,000 samurai families and have survived centuries of war and earthquakes. The hundreds of cherry trees planted throughout the grounds only add to the castle’s beauty.
Visit spectacular Himeji Castle on our 12-day Explore Japan tour.