The watch tower is one of few remaining structures at the castle ruins site in Takamatsu, Japan.
The concave curvature of the castle wall at Matsuyama-jō, in Matsuyama, Japan.
Imabari-jō is one of just a few castles surrounded by a salt-water moat connected to the sea, in Imabari, Japan.
Okayama-jō is also referred to as U-jō, or Crow Castle, for its black wood siding, in Okayama, Japan.
At the heart of the city is its castle, Matsumoto-jō, in Matsumoto, Japan.
At Matsue castle, like many others in Japan, I find that the surrounding gardens are as much an attraction as the castles themselves.
Standing out in the middle of the city, Himeji castle just gets more and more impressive as I walk from the train station, down the main avenue and into the surrounding gardens in Himeji, Japan.