So after I made one trip to Fukuoka Castle to see the sakura, I decided that I should make a second trip to see the Sakura light up. And since I happened to have a 5pm to 6pm tuition session at Akasaka (not the closest station to the castle, but definitely walkable).
And guess what? Using a different entrance means that you can different things. Like this sunset:
There were a lot of people having a hanami party there too:
I would like to attend a hanami at least once, but the SSAJ only holds them in Tokyo :/
But yes, wandering around Fukuoka Castle ruins shows that there are a lot of sakura trees. A lot more than I imagined actually.
In order to see all the sakura from high, I went to this platform-like place (whose name I've embarrassingly forgotten) and paid 300yen to be let in. Well, it was worth seeing the sunset from there.
|Random sunset photo|
I even saw this cute little doggie! (two and a half years old, according to her owners)
I actually had plenty of time while waiting for the sun to set.
|Why yes, this is the photo I took with my iPad and shared on Google plus.|
Here's a panorama, since I like them so much:
You know all those "wish you were here" postcards? Well, this time, I sincerely wished someone was here. It's a pity that my sisters came (and left) a week too early, but the Singapore school system is not to be trifled with.
And once the sun is set, I took another panorama!
This is the main lightup, but I did see another row of sakura that were brilliantly lit up. This one was full of people taking photos.
|This is one of them.|
|Look at the little kids posing!|
If you walk down this row, you'll come to a second paid area, which I didn't go into. Instead, I decided to go home.
And ended up getting lost. I left by a completely different exit (how many exits and entrances does this place have anyway?) and had no idea where the station was. Luckily, I spotted a family and managed to get directions to them, walking all the way to Ohorikoen station.
Just before I entered the station, I passed by the front of the castle again and managed to snap this picture.
I hope you enjoyed these photos! I have one more sakura post to make, so watch out for it!