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Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki

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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. By using our Hirosaki itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Hirosaki Castle and other attractions in Hirosaki.
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  • 弘前城在日本是少數的真正古城,並不是戰後重建的鋼筋水泥城,這種城在日本只剩12個,光這點就很值得一看,最近因為整修而轉移位置,實際到現場看到還真覺得有趣,真的好小一座,我看過這麼多日本古城中算是最小的吧?小歸小,反而有一種短小精悍的感覺,但很遺憾的冬天不開放,被白雪掩埋的弘前城很美,預計4月底來賞櫻,希望那時能看到更不一樣的弘前城。  more »
  • You can easy reach at 100 yen bus from hirosaki station. Donjon are fee-based, but most can see even for free. Hirosaki Castle famous for cherry blossoms, but when snow is a lot of snow, is spectacular. Recommended to visit here, and is surrounded by many historical buildings.
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  • I would imagine that it looks spectacular if you visit during the sakura blooming period in May. Anytime else, and you may find that it's not worth the traveling time.  more »
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  • For those of you that know howl’s moving castle, it may have been inspired by this place. All of the famous photos of this castle involve photos of the bridge and the castle sitting on the corner of the wall. BUT for the last 200 years, someone thought it would be a good idea to move the castle twice. This is a “once every hundred years” tradition. So the photos I have included show where the castle use to be and where it unfortunately is now; in the most unphotogenic spot you could put it. The museum inside is interesting.
  • For my second visit to Hirosaki Castle I was probably three days too early for peak cherry blossom viewing, but this park, famous for its 2,600 cherry trees still managed to deliver some great displays. This is one of the more famous, but less visited places in Japan for cherry blossom viewing and I am already scheduling to return in 2017. The Hanami Festival was scheduled for a few days after my visit, but the stalls were out selling a variety of food and toys (like a fair), and people were enjoying sitting under the trees to enjoy the spring weather. Address: Hirosaki Directions: Hirosaki Castle Park, an easy 2 km walk from the main station Was this revie
  • Great castle in a very nice Park with amazing view of the volcano Iwaki.
  • Small castle that remains. The grounds are beautiful in all seasons. The cherry blossom festival and 'yukidoro' winter festival are brilliant. Great for a stroll any time.
  • The park around the castle is very pleasing to walk. The castle is rather small.