After a beautiful sunrise and approach to the port of Sakaiminato, we set off to explore lovely Matsue with two primary destinations and a delicious lunch in between.

The Matsue (or Black) Castle is one of only a few remaining original wooden castles in Japan. Set in a gorgeous setting, those of us who climbed the steep stairs to the top were rewarded with panoramic views and a cool breeze. The Adachi Museum of Art was our second highlight. Not only was there an incredible collection of art including the stunning Autumn Leaves, but the gardens were the art. These gardens were my favorite of the entire trip, and they were incorporated into the museum concept. Gardens and nature are art!

Photo caption and photographer: Watercolor filter of the gardens at Adachi Museum of Art. Photo by Mike Greenfelder