Another lookout tower
A good view of the yagura.
You can see the ornamentation of the roofline. (And the cherry blossoms just peeking out)
A traditional part of hanami, a celebratory picnic under the (not quite blooming) cherry blossoms
And of course, a less traditional part. I couldn't get a picture fast enough but I also spotted characters dressed as cartoon onions, sweet potatoes and a mushroom.
I actually remember studying this castle in a Japanese art history class in college. Had I know I would actually grow up to live in Japan, I might have just studied Japanese... At any rate a castle has existed on this site since 1603 when construction began and after many setbacks, completed in 1611. Oddly enough lightning would strike the castle burning it to the ground. Reconstruction did not begin again until 1810 which is what you can see today.
photos by me, please credit if you borrow, thanks!