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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  • I went with my family. Cherry Blossom Festival was held, there were a lot of people who have been. A lot of stores were out. But cherry did little.
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  • Castle isn't visible from every corner of the park, and you actually have to pay to enter just the castle grounds. Matsumoto Castle is far more majestic and the park is free to enter. You only pay to ...  more »
  • Hong Qian City as the east of the North area is the only day to watch, it is worth it! Explore the Qingsen period, suitable for the autumn maple and night, also have the first night to watch. Also due to the relationship between the 箿, the days of the guard was removed from its own stone. Very special days to watch!
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  • The castle itself isn't much of an attraction. The real show is its surrounding courtyard, and it's absolutely stunning when the leaves turn red in autumn. There's enough space for both the locals and the tourists, unlike the more popular castles further south, so the tranquil atmosphere remains unspoiled.
  • Great area to tour. Especial this time when the castle is being shifted from its original place for renovation that will take 10 years.
  • If your coming from Amori by train there is a English friendly bus service from Hirosaki JR station that doesn't show up on Google maps. There are English maps on the side of the big sign just outside the central entrance. Take the D100 bus from stop 1 and get off at stop 14. The bus costs 100 yen, paid when you get off. There are screens on the bus indicating the stop for the castle park.
  • I love the Japanese castles. Probably a nice visit at just about any time of the year, even on a miserable rainy day when I went.
  • Beautiful reconstructed Edo period castle in the heart of a wonderful park. Currently undergoing some renovation work. Amazing place to visit during the Sakura festival in late spring.

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Where to stay in Hirosaki

Though the urban sprawl of Hirosaki goes on for quite a way, the center of town where the accommodations can be found remains fairly meager. Next to the main train station, you'll find a set of standard, high-rise hotels, with some offering a few more facilities than others, including spas, pools, and restaurants. Look to the northwest for the more traditional establishments. Next to the castle and the park of cherry blossoms that surrounds it, the accommodations include some charmingly decorated "ryokan" (traditional guesthouses), and a couple of boutiques.
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