We headed up to Hikone on Saturday to meet Sam. The rain was pretty terrible. So after getting rain ponchos, we got pretty wet walking to the castle. The castle wasnt very big, but the cherry blossoms were just beautiful. If the sun would have been shining, it would have been so beautiful there. There were lots of weeping type ones over the castle walls and along the river (or moat I should say) which surrounded the castle.