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Top 10 Readers’ Photos: May

You've been travelling a lot this month, exploring places far, wide and high. Dare we say it, this might be the best batch of submissions we've had so far — we're in awe.

Every month, we’re selecting our favorite travel images from readers. Tag your photo on Instagram or Twitter with #gaijinpottravel for a chance to be featured on our site.

#1 A masterclass in close up. Taken at Hirosaki Castle, Aomori.

A post shared by Leslie Taylor (@lestaylorphoto) on May 3, 2017 at 3:56am PDT

#2 With the warmer weather, comes festival season — one of our favorite cultural experiences to have in Japan. Taken in Kisarazu, Chiba.

A post shared by Carlos Kato (@chkato) on May 10, 2017 at 3:18am PDT

#3 Now that’s what you call outdoor dining. Snapped in Kyoto.

A post shared by VictoriaMarie (@coffeemanong) on May 21, 2017 at 4:26pm PDT

#4 Aahahahahahahaaaaaaaaa — in the Iya Valley, Shikoku.

A post shared by Celia Knox (@anaussieintokyo) on May 6, 2017 at 9:09pm PDT

#5 Off to Hiroshima with the bullet train.

A post shared by Wira Siahaan (@ceritawira) on May 9, 2017 at 8:39am PDT

#6 Another festival shot, this time from the spiritual and spectacular Mount Koya.

A post shared by Ekaterina (@amenohitravels) on May 3, 2017 at 3:32pm PDT

#7 A sea of blue hemophilia at Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki. They last less than a month — did you manage to catch them?

#8 This picture looks straight from a beautiful coffee table book about soy sauce. Taken in Ishikawa, a prefecture that’s famed for its delicious seafood.

A post shared by mochitto (@verymerii) on May 6, 2017 at 6:38am PDT

#9 In the shadows of Shibuya, a hostess waits for potential clients.

A post shared by pooju (@pooj_u) on May 25, 2017 at 12:55pm PDT

#10 Sunset at the epic Todai-ji in Nara.