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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Tohoku - Hirosaki
Hirosaki Castle 
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sights in Hirosaki

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Hirosaki Castle was built in 1611 by the Tsugaru Clan. A three-story castle tower, fortified moats, castle gates and some corner turrets (yagura) survive or were reconstructed. The castle is located in Hirosaki Park, a spacious public park of about 0.6 square kilometers.

The castle's original five-story keep burnt down in 1627 after being struck by lightning. Rebuilt in 1810, the present three-story keep is the only one in the Tohoku Region that was not rebuilt in the modern era, amongst only a handful in all of Japan.

West Moat

Hirosaki Park is one of Japan's best cherry blossom spots. With its abundance of over 2500 trees, cherry blossom tunnels, petal filled moats, numerous pleasant picnic areas, rental rowing boats, many varieties of cherry trees and illuminations in the evenings, it feels like multiple great cherry blossom spots combined into a single one. A cherry blossom festival is held annually from April 23 to May 5, when the blossoms are usually in bloom.

There are a few other sites of interest inside Hirosaki Park, including the Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden in the park's southeast corner and Gokoku Shrine, the Aomori branch of Yasukuni Shrine in the north end of of the park. Most of the city's other tourist attractions are also located within walking distance of the park.

Petal filled castle moat

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How to get there
Hirosaki Park is located a 15 minute bus ride west of JR Hirosaki Station by the Dotemachi Loop Bus. Get off at Shiyakusho-mae bus stop.

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Hours and Fees
Hirosaki Castle Keep
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (longer hours during cherry blossom festival)
Closed:November 24 to March 31
Admission:310 yen (castle only); 510 yen (castle, botanical garden and Fujita Memorial Garden)

Botanical Garden
Hours:9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed:November 24 to mid April
Admission:310 yen (botanical garden); 510 yen (botanical garden, castle and Fujita Memorial Garden)

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