Fujimi-yagura (Mount Fuji-viewing keep) is one of the three keeps that is left over from the 11 keeps that were part of the Edo Castle. You don’t really get a clear view of this building unless you get to visit the Imperial Palace which you can only do a few days every year. I walked past the entrance and noticed somebody handing out numbers and I moseyed on over and got in line.
Was the visit to the Imperial Palace worth it? As I was walking past and joined the visit more or less by chance, it was easy for me. Normally you would need to book upfront and plan the visit properly, but luckily that rule has been relaxed lately. So far so good. The actual visit was a bit disappointing as you merely walk over the grounds with relatively few nice sights to view and you’re herded like a large flock of sheep with little chance to enjoy the view. I would have loved to see some of the buildings in more detail. Of course it doesn’t help that the place was heavily bombarded in WWII and the palace building is all new. The visit served me perfectly as I had a few hours to kill, would I have planned this visit, booked it upfront and had I been looking forward to it, I would have been majorly disappointed.
Shot on KODAK TRI-X at EI 400, developed in HC-110 dilution H for 11 minutes. Agitation: 2 inversions every 30 seconds.
- Camera: PENTAX 645NII
- ISO: 400