Be sure not to miss this brilliant light show if you’re in the neighborhood.

A tour in Japan isn’t complete without a visit to a castle or two. It’s a great way to acquaint yourself with the country’s rich history and a chance to marvel at breathtaking architecture that have withstood the elements for centuries.

Hirado Castle is one such castle that tourists ought to visit. Not only is it one of the best castles in Nagasaki Prefecture, it also boasts a beautiful projection mapping event that transforms its walls into a dazzling light display.

▼ Perfect if you’re a fan of castles and light performances.

As part of a night event called “Hirado, a story of the sea” that runs until 31 October, the splendid projection mapping commemorates Hirado Castle’s 300th anniversary and begins every day at 7:00 p.m., runs every 20 minutes and lasts a total of five minutes.

▼ Be entranced by the gorgeous spectacle of sounds and lights.

Built in 1718 atop a hill, Hirado Castle’s picturesque scenery can also be attributed to the fact that it is largely surrounded by sea. Visitors can enjoy the breathtaking views during the day and enjoy the event at night as well.

▼ Aside from the projection mapping, there are also a number of attractions…

▼ …such as daring acrobatic performances…

▼ …digital art showcasing the castle’s dependence on the sea…

▼ …and mesmerizing surroundings.

▼ The path leading to Kameoka Shrine located in the castle grounds is just as enchanting…

▼ …resembling a mysterious passage to another world.

Admission for adults costs 1,000 yen (US$8.80), a token fee considering such a spectacular event may come only once every century. If you’re in the vicinity, why not head on down for a memorable evening like no other? While other castles in Japan have held impressive night events before, few come close to the grandness of Hirado Castle’s.

Source: Hirado Castle via Japaaan
Top image: YouTube/Nishikawa Suenori
Insert images: YouTube/Nishikawa Suenori, YouTube/ZerotenJP, Hirado Castle