A Castle in the Blossoms: Capturing Himeji Castle in Cherry Blossom Season 2023

Jun 26 | Evan | No Comments |

Continuing our 2023 Cherry Blossom Photography Tour, we found ourselves in the charming city of Himeji, home to the breathtaking Himeji Castle. Our timing was impeccable, with the cherry blossoms in full bloom and the sun shining brightly in the sky, casting the perfect light on the castle and the vibrant pink sakura.

Upon arrival, I pointed out a few classic views that offered the perfect blend of cherry blossoms and the towering castle. Our photographers then had some free time to explore the castle grounds, each finding their unique perspective to capture this iconic site.

But the beauty of Himeji Castle extends beyond its immediate surroundings. We ventured to two different viewpoints that offered expansive views of the castle, showcasing its grandeur against the larger cityscape. We concluded the day at a spot where the castle stood majestically in the background of the modern city, offering a beautiful contrast between old and new, tradition and progress.

The magic continued the next morning as we found ourselves at another spot to capture the castle at sunrise. We were lucky enough to be there on one of the few days of the year when the sun rises directly behind the castle, creating a truly magical scene – a moment that felt like it was straight out of a fairy tale.

Once back home, I had some fun with Adobe Photoshop’s new beta software. Using the new generative fill feature, I was able to create alternative reality images of Himeji Castle almost effortlessly. These surreal, dreamlike images added a fun, creative twist to our collection of Himeji Castle photos.

The visit to Himeji Castle was a highlight of our 2023 Cherry Blossom Photography Tour. The perfect timing, the spectacular views, and the play of light and color offered a wealth of photographic opportunities. And with the aid of modern editing tools, we were able to push the boundaries of creativity and create images that were not only true to the moment but also a unique reflection of our artistic vision.

Our journey continues, each destination offering new sights, new experiences, and new stories to tell through our lenses. Stay tuned for more from our Cherry Blossom Photography Tour of 2023!

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Japan’s cherry blossom season in 2024! Reach out now to secure your spot on our guided photography tour, or explore our 2023 cherry blossom tour of Japan posts to get a glimpse of the unforgettable experiences that await you.

2019 Cherry Blossom Photo Tour | Himeji Castle

Jul 16 | Evan | No Comments |

With Tokyo and Miyajima finished, the 2019 cherry blossom photography tour continued to Himeji, home of Himeji Castle. Famous for the thousands of cherry blossom trees, Himeji Castle is a great spot to capture the essence of Japan. Finding spots where the castle and the cherry blossoms can be photographed together is the goal but Himeji Castle itself provides lot’s of photo opportunities and the cherry blossom spots alone, around the castle are photogenic as well.

The photo below is courtesy of and created by one of our group’s photographers, Daniel Leffel. Take a look at Daniel’s website for more excellent photography not only of Japan but all over the word.

Himeji Castle

Bellow is a gallery of cherry blossom photos from our photography tour in Himeji and Himeji Castle.

The 2019 Cherry Blossom Photography Tour took a small group of photographers to Japan. We started in Tokyo and continued to Hiroshima, Miyajima, Himeji Castle, Kyoto and Mt. Fuji from Shizuoka and from Fuji Five Lakes. Here is the trip report from the 2019 Cherry Blossom Photography Tour of Japan and the 2018 Cherry Blossom Photo Tour of Japan. The 2020 Cherry Blossom Photo Tour of Japan is already planned and live! Limited spots are available for the 2020 Cherry Blossom Photography Tour of Japan, with first booking already reserved!