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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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  • Foliage was aflame in particular along the moat of clean. Castle structure is different on one side and very interesting. In walks an hour I was a whirlwind.
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  • The castle is smaller than most regular ones we've seen in other cities/towns and it was interesting to note that this was due to limited finances during that time (end of the Edo period). 
  • This castle had to be relocated due to its foundation being destabilized by an earthquake (1983?), so they moved it about 100' and are in the midst of reconstructing the foundation, and it seems that ...  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.