After visiting the castle, I wander the quiet streets of Matsue, Japan, which are easily identified by the city’s distinctive manhole covers.
At Matsue castle, like many others in Japan, I find that the surrounding gardens are as much an attraction as the castles themselves.
A couple of bicycles parked inside a private entrance on the streets of Kyoto, Japan.
Exploring in Kurashiki, Japan, atop a hill, I found this shrine decorated with dozens of Daruma dolls, which are representations of the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma.
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.
Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo, Japan, the immaculate grounds around the Imperial Palace is a perfect place for a relaxing break.
From the train station to the castle, there’s a pleasant walk along the Shinjiko shoreline in Matsue, Japan, as seen here with the Shimane Art Museum and the island of Yomegashima in the distance.