Yo-chan poses from the bridge that crosses the mouth of the bay that this castle used to protect.
It was pretty sunny so i administered healthy amounts of sun block.
We wimped out and took this weird elevator they have installed in the
back of the castle. For $1 you can avoid having to climb up the 350+
steps in the hot July sun. But this elevator is a little weird, it goes
up at a slant, not straight up and down. The arrows show the direction
of movement. The door (visible in the mirror) has windows in it and you
can see the walls of the shaft moving diagonally past.
I made a 3 piece panorama from the upper level of the Castle grounds. A
great view of the bay. despite the sun, the weather was nice and clear.
The castle itself is pretty small compared to
Kumamoto castle or Osaka Castle. It also is a rebuild of the original, built in the 1600s.
Unlike my last visit to Kumamoto castle,
no ninjas hanging out front
of this one. But they did have this in the museum inside. Not sure if
its based on actual historical events or not. But I'd put my money on
A few musty suits of Samurai armor too. The first 3 floors of the
castle are now full of display cases and pictures and what not.
But the real reason to come is to enjoy the view from the top floor.
Nice cool breezes up here. That's the bridge we took the first two pics
from down there.
After we finished with the castle, we drove (actually /I/ drove) to a
place further down the coastline called Nanatsugama, which means 'Seven
pots' or something like that. I wasn't sure why it was a tourist
attraction when we went, but we went anyway:
Not the reason people come, but this kitten was there at the parking lot.
But the reason this place is noteworthy is because of these interesting
geology and the natural caves that have formed along the rocky shore.
On the way back through Karatsu we saw tons of people headed down
toward the castle. I think they were having their summer festival
fireworks that night (it was 'Umi no Hi' that day, which is a national
holiday in Japan). As is traditional, most teenage girls wear yukata.
We got some great views along the coastline as we drove back. We took
the coastal road to avoid a toll road. it was weird. there were a bunch
of creepy abandoned hotels along the rocky cliffs. I'll have to get
some pics next time. :-P
We were originally planning on getting world famous(?) Karatsu burgers
from a roadside stand, but they were sold out by the time we got there.
We then decided to go for some jiaozi back in Fukuoka, but the place
was closed! (cause of the holiday I assume). So we ended up at a
Okinawan place near the university. I didn't like the food all that
much, but they were showing Starsky and Hutch on the TV....
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