During the Edo Period, Hirosaki (弘前) was the political and cultural capital of the Tsugaru Region, the western section of present day Aomori Prefecture. The city remains one of the culturally richest cities in the northern Tohoku Region.

Hirosaki developed around its castle, Hirosaki Castle. Several thousand cherry trees are planted around the castle grounds, which become one of Japan's most spectacular cherry blossom spots typically from late April to early May.

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