Lonely Planet Writer

In pictures: beautiful 3D projections light up historic Himeji Castle in Japan

Visitors to the iconic Himeji Castle in Japan last week were treated to an incredible display that saw a range of colourful and vivid 3D images being projected onto the castle and the surrounding area, transforming the grounds into a unique magical world through a mix of modern technology and ancient architecture.

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The image of Senhime and Honda Tadatoki is projected onto a wall using digital 3D mapping technology at Himeji Castle Night Adventure. Image by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images
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The striking image of a Samurai is projected at Himeji Castle. Image by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

The event was called Himeji Castle Night Adventure, and saw characters from Japanese history being portrayed in vibrant detail through the use of 3D mapping. The projections showed characters such as Senhime and Honda Tadatoki, and portrayed well known folk tales such as the ghost story of Okiku. Colourful patterns were also included as well as striking portrayals of samurai.

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The image of the well known Japanese ghost story of Okiku was projected as part of the event. Image by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images
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Japanese folding fans are projected onto the grounds of Himeji Castle. Image by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Located near the former capital city of Kyoto, Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle, is a Unesco World Heritage site. It considered by many to be one of the most spectacular castles in all of Japan due to its imposing size, intricate grounds and the impressive condition of the historical remains which date back over 400 years. The complex consists of over 80 buildings spread out across the area that are connected by different paths.

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Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist destination. Image by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images

Himeji Castle is a popular site for many Japanese and international tourists, proving to be especially busy during the cherry blossom season and golden week, when travellers can face long waiting times to view the beautiful historical grounds.