Tukimi-yagura (Moon Viewing Turret)


The elegant yagura turret that offers a full view of the castle grounds.
The second floor has crown molding with a balustrade, which, as mentioned above, provides a panoramic view of the castle grounds. It also played an important military role in protecting the center of the castle. 
It is also said to have originally referred to “Arrival watchtower-yagura Turret” (both turrets are called “Tsukimi-yagura” in Japanese) that monitored the arrival of daimyos during their alternate attendance service. It is said to have been relocated from Fushimi Castle in Kyoto, as with the Fushimi-yagura Turret. The present building was reconstructed in 1966 along with the castle keep and O-yudono(Bathhouse).