Like many castles around Japan, Kanazawa’s isn’t as ancient as it looks from the outside. But unlike many others, this one was largely destroyed by a fire in the late 19th century, long before the Second World War. Nonetheless, the castle remains a stirring sight, elevated and impregnable it’s hard not to imagine an army being dashed against its mighty walls. Today things are of course peaceful and the grounds are home to various events throughout the year – especially during the Hyakumangoku Matsuri.