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Hirosaki: Petals Starting To Fall

Fallen petals in the outer moat

Squeezing in one more cherry blossom report from the Tohoku Region before the weekend, I visited Hirosaki Castle in Aomori Prefecture again three days after my last visit. The last time I reported that the mainstream Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms were at full bloom, while the weeping cherry trees (shidarezakura) were opening.

Today, I found the petals to have started falling off the Somei Yoshino cherry trees while the shidarezakura have progressed to almost full bloom (mankai). I expect this weekend to be magical with the shidarezakura at full bloom while the Somei Yoshino sakura petals falling off creating some soft spring petal snow. The mainstream cherry trees may not last long into next week, but the weeping cherry trees should still remain good for viewing through the Golden Week holidays.

We will be taking our reporting to Hokkaido next week, so check here for the latest updates.

Hirosaki: Petals Starting To Fall

Hirosaki Castle is one of Japan's most popular and famous cherry blossom spots with over 2500 cherry trees planted on the castle grounds. The sakura festival held during the cherry blossom season will carry on till May 7, during which the cherry trees in the park are illuminated from 18:30 to 22:00. Festival food stalls can also be found in the northern end of the park, and all you need for a cherry blossom viewing (hanami) is just your picnic mat.

Reflections everywhere
Much cherry blossoms, so sakura
Blue sky and petal river
Blossoms starting to lose their petals
Petals just wanna be free
Couldn't have asked for better weather to end the week
Boat cruises in the middle moat at 1000 yen for about 20 minutes
Sugi no Ohashi
Rickshaw rides also available in the castle grounds
Ongoing repair work to the main keep's foundation
March for sakura
Weeping cherry trees surround the main keep
Small viewing deck was crowded
Almost full bloom
Mount Iwaki and a shidarezakura
Somei Yoshino blossoms and Mount Iwaki
The shidarezakura trees are also very beautiful
Bridge across the west moat
Petals falling freely here
Please don't try this at home
Great day for a picnic
Festival food stalls
Oh to be a kid, young and carefree
Premium Friyay, Sakura all day