And a not-so-close-up shot:
To get to the castle, I had to cross a bridge. That's when I saw this:
And for a picture that includes the river:
There was actually a sort of carnival going on, but though the food tempted me, the crowds put me off. So, I pressed on for the sakura!
Spotted these cute hand-drawn lanterns as well! Unfortunately, they didn't light up very well at night. I think the paper was too thick.
If only this castle wasn't a ruin! I think the sakura here are much more impressive than at Kumamoto, but Kumamoto castle has actually been rebuilt so...
Same location, different view:
I mean, I just love walking underneath the sakura trees! It's really beautiful!
Also, I just realised that the pictures taken with my phone might actually better, so to reiterate:
|BEAUTIFUL! Although the picture in my phone was much brighter|
And this is the view from the highest point:
The only bad thing was, when I wanted to take the night view, I couldn't get to the front! People in front weren't letting others take turns! I had to ask :p And as I was leaving, I heard two girls complain about it too.
Oh, and these bamboo were all over the place. Really pretty!
And this was the entrance to the paid area. Obviously, I paid to go in, because I wanted to go to the highest point. The view was well worth it, I feel.
And there you have it - the sakura at Fukuoka castle for 2016! I have one more set of photos, then we'll be done for the season.