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Hirosaki Castle was built in 1611, over 400 years ago from now. The castle tower, turret, and gate that still remain in the original shape are registered as the country's important cultural heritages. In the park that surrounds the castle, there are approximately 2,600 sakura trees of 52 species that attract a lot of hanami visitors during spring. There are somei yoshino sakura that are over 130 years old and some say that the sakura of Hirosaki are number one in Japan. Hirosaki Sakura Festival is held during the blooming season and brings a lively atmosphere through illumination, food stands and many events.
- 1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori
- Contact No.
- 30-min walk from JR Hirosaki Station. Alternatively, take Konan Bus for 15 min, get off at bus stop Shiyakushomae Koen-iriguchi or Shiyakushomae and immediate walking distance from there. (Circular bus from Hirosaki Station (100 yen) also available)
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Open 24 hours *Hirosaki Castle 9:00-17:00 (April 23-May 5, 2016; 7:00-21:00)
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2.5 hours
- Admission fee
- Hirosaki Castle center and north part: Adults 310 yen, children 100 yen
- Best time to see
- Forecast for blooming: 4/19 Forecast for full bloom (peak): 4/25～
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Castle and Night Sakura
There are illuminations during the Hirosaki Sakura Festival, in which the castle and sakura are lit up beautifully. The moat that surrounds the castle serves as a mirror and creates a splendid reflection of the sakura in full bloom on its surface. Visitors can enjoy a fantastic view of night sakura.
300 Sakura Trees some over 100 years old
Somei yoshino sakura grow fast and in return are said to live only 60 to 80 years. However, in Hirosaki Park, there are over 300 trees that are over 100 years old. The oldest one is as old as 130 years! The maintenance technique of Hirosaki Park is praised by many experts to be the best in Japan.
Pale Pink Colored Moat
It is not only during full blossom that we can enjoy sakura. At the end of the season, the falling petals fill up the surface of the moat and make it look like a pink carpet. Although it is sad to see the sakura fall, it shows us beautiful views until the end.
Appreciate the Sakura on a Boat Ride
During Hirosaki Sakura Festival, visitors can ride boats on the west side of the moat. There are many sakura trees planted on both shores so you feel like you are surrounded by sakura while riding the boat. They are already beautiful seen normally, but are even prettier seen from a boat.