Some scenes from Fukuoka's busiest hanami spot, Maizuru Koen and the Fukuoka Castle Ruins. I passed through twice, once at night just before full bloom and once on Saturday afternoon when the sun finally shone and the flowers were 100% bloomed. The view from the observation deck at the top of the castle ruins is spectacular, but the crowds are not. The buzz of a festival atmosphere is appealing to me at other times of the year, but with hanami I'd much rather be somewhere quiet and secluded. I was really happy just to be passing by, with quieter spots planned for our own hanami outings this year.