UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site - Himeji Castle
Himeji Castle in Hyogo prefecture was one of the first UNESCO World Heritage site to be registered in Japan. It is also designated as a Japanese National Treasure.
People affectionately call it the "white heron" castle from its white plastered earthern walls, and its shape which looks like a graceful white heron taking flight.
Underwater: manta rays, the most graceful swimmer in the Okinawa oceans
Drone shot: autumn at Onuma Quasi-National Park in Hokkaido
Amazing rocket launch moments in Japan
Festivals in Japan: Aomori Nebuta Festival
Underwater: northern sea lions flock to a tiny island