Hirosaki Castle

Built in 1611 by the Tsugaru samurai clan, Hirosaki Castle has remained one of the city’s most loved and visited icons.

Sitting at the northern tip of the Japan’s main Honshu island, Hirosaki Castle’s collection of neighbouring cherry blossoms and snow capped winter wonderland surroundings have garnered it the reputation for being one of the most scenic spots in Japan.

Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle

Originally the castle towered over five stories, but a large portion of its structure was destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning in 1627. During the time of destruction five storied castle towers were prohibited by the local feudal military government, which meant its rebuilt height was limited to a still very respectable three stories.

Hirosaki Castle

Though the castle’s magnificence and the garden’s beauty are consistent throughout the year, arguably the best time to visit is during the famous cherry blossom season. In the spring over 2,500 individual trees come to life, painting the entire area in soft pastel pink. If you’re going during this time, expect tunnels covered with cherry blossom ceilings, flowing, pink petal filled moats, and evening illuminations. To celebrate the spring, an annual festival is hosted in the area from late April to early May 5, when the blossoms are usually in peak bloom.

Hirosaki Castle

Spring isn’t the only seasonal celebration hosted in the castle area. Early February sees the prefecture face one of its coldest and snow covered months, and with it comes the legendary Hirosaki Castle Yuki-Toro Festival (Snow Lantern Festival). The Hirosaki Castle Yuki-Toro Festival is one of the five major snow festivals of the Tohoku region. In the main exhibiting space around Yon no Maru, snow recreations of iconic historical architecture play the main feature. While the illuminations, and lanterns dotted around the grounds create a truly mystical atmosphere. If that wasn’t enough, the organizers have also incorporated displays of projection mapping onto the large snow sculptures featuring accompanying music.

Hirosaki Castle
Facility Name
Hirosaki Castle Keep
Address
Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Shimoshiroganechou 1
Opening Hours
[4/1-11/23] 9:00-17:00
※ Sakura Festival Period is 7:00-21:00
Fees
[Hirosaki castle Honmaru/North Guo] Adults 310 yen, children 100 yen
Introduction
Hirosaki castle was completed in 1611. In 1627 the castle was struck by lightning and burnt from the fifth level of the keep to the ground. The castle stood without a tower for the following 200 years, but in 1810, the ninth lord of the Tsugaru Clan Yasuchika rebuilt a three-layered keep in the southwest corner of the grounds. It is called “Gosankai Yagura” and is the castle you can see today. It is now used as historical center exhibiting historical materials of the feudal era.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
Address
Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Kamishiroganechou 8-1
Phone
0172375525
Opening Hours
9:00-17:00 (Entrance ticket sales until 16:30)
9:00-21:00 during Sakura Festival Period (Entrance ticket sales is until 20:30)
Fees
[Alone] tickets Adults (High School Students or more) 310 yen, children (small/Junior High School Students) 100 yen
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
Kenichi Fujita, who was born in Hirosaki City and served as the first president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, invited gardeners from Tokyo to make the garden reminiscent of Edo while he established a separate residence in 1919. The total area is about 21,800 square meters in size, which is the second largest garden next to Hiraizumi Motsuji Temple Garden in the Tohoku district. It is divided into a high mountain area and a low ground area. You can enjoy iris and azalea flowers in the lowland area.
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Shinaomori
Address
Aomori Pref. Aomorishi Ishie
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN
Facility Name
Hirosaki
Address
Aomori Pref. Hirosakishi Omotemachi
Information Sources:
NAVITIME JAPAN

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    Hirosaki

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