Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki

Sitting above a sea of cherry trees, Hirosaki Castle represents a rare intact example of an authentic hirayama-style Japanese castle. First constructed with 5 floors in 1611 and reduced to 3 levels in accordance with Edo Shogunate law after being struck by lightning, the castle and its grounds became a National Historic Site in 1952. Embodying the classic aesthetic of a Japanese castle, the structure features fortified moats, gates, and a grand interior. The surrounding park offers plenty of scenic trails and rental rowboats to experience the castle from a different viewpoint. Hirosaki Castle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Hirosaki Edition.
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  • My wife and I visited Hirosaki Castle in late April 2018 while on vacation from Canada. We took the shinkansen from Tokyo to Shin-Aomori station (3.5 hours), then a local JR train from Shin-Aomori to ...  more »
  • Cherry Blossom Festival season crowded with many people. Mt. Iwaki cherry blossoms in full bloom and hirosaki Castle in the distance still wear snow landscape is stunning.
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  • 4/28 visited the cherry trees were in full bloom just good timing. Hirosaki Castle is currently in repair work in the location differs from the usual place. Hirosaki Castle now only visible stone walls were banal, but also has a different flavour. You will see only now, Mt. Iwaki from the viewing deck back to hirosaki Castle.
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  • Easily my favorite place that my girlfriend and I visited when we went in 2016. Go during the cherry blossom festival which is held annually from April 23rd to May 5th. The cherry blossoms overlook the moat and castle with beautiful red bridges. Expect to pay to see the castle (and go inside), although the prices are very reasonable. There will also be a local fair taking place with games and various local food items. To an out-of-country tourist, this is well worth a day or two trip to the North end of mainland Japan!
  • Definitely live up to its name. One of the best cherry blossom spots in Japan. Many food stalls available.
  • Stunning. If you're anywhere close during sakura blooming, just go. You won't regret it.
  • It's so amazing how they were able to move this entire castle from one spot to another~ Hirosaki-jyo is famous for cherry blossoms and its beautiful castle tower. Definately come here during the spring season. The castle itself is not big, but there is a park near by where you can enjoy a variety of flowers.
  • Personally feel that coming to this historical castle should be during the period of cherry bloosom in end April then can really discover the real charm of itself. Can imagine it will be very beautiful coz of the structure and the lotus pond will bring up the entire feel of the castle.
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