This is translated to "pheasant's eye" in English. It isn't related to the crocus though it looks a bit like it, and blooms about the same time.
A fireproof storehouse.
These arrows look really lethal. The bow is longer than the man is tall.
The view from an overpass that looks toward the station.
This tree was already here when the castle was built 400 years ago.
I am not sure of the meaning of this fish, but I thought it was interesting. They often have these hanging over a fire pit. I think it is supposed to protect the house from fire.
The archery range.
Some detail of another outer gate. This one also has been rebuilt.
One of the foundation walls, taken with a wide angle lens. I thought the lens flare was interesting, so left it alone.
Some of the rock walls have accumulated a lot of moss and vegetation.
This entry gate has been rebuilt after the plan of the original.
The outer gate and remaining fortress wall. Originally there were other buildings behind this wall.
This castle still has its archery practicing enclosure that is being actively used. the archer here told us this is one of the few places in Nagano prefecture where people are allowed to practice their skill.
This castle town had its own school house, and even had a small class for women. The headmaster studied in the US, during the Meiji era, and then came back and started the school.