After going through the town, I arrived at the base of the castle. Because of the presence there of a small Inari shrine, there is a red torii at the beginning of the walk up:
The road is not too steep, but it is paved with river stones that are very hard on the feet.
The road behind, and the rest ahead:
Finally, the castle:
Unfortunately, it is undergoing repairs. So part of it is hidden, and there is scaffolding around the donjon. This castle is one of the oldest in Japan, however, the donjon was not completed till the early 1600s. It is built in a rather old style, I am told. I found the stairs hard to use, because very steep. In fact they are practically ladders. If you are bothered by heights, as I am, they are not enjoyable! The interior is unfortunately poorly lit, so one has trouble seeing things on the lower levels. I am afraid I didn't enjoy it as much as some other small castles like Uwajima. Here is a model which gives a fair idea of its aspect:
After you come down, you have the option of getting souvenirs or your fortune at the Imari shrine:
with its inevitable red toriis:
The next day, I returned to Tokyo and its Christmas illuminations!