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Hirosaki Castle

1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture 036-8551, Japan
+81 172-33-8733
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Ranked #2 of 36 attractions in Hirosaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

A nice visitor attraction in Hirosaki, consisting of the site of the castle with a few reconstructed turrets and castle tower and a number of entrance gates. Most of the park is free to walk around, with an entrance fee for the inner castle area which includes a small museum (interpretation all in Japanese). The park is beautiful at hanami/cherry... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

Visited Hakodate City by ship in April, wanted to see the cherry blossom in Hirosaki park and Hirosiki Castle, about 30 minutes train ride from Hakodate station. Locals very helpfull with information on ticket purchases, we found the train very easy to use. Unfortunately for us, we missed the cherry blossom by one week however the park is very beautiful... More

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Sparta, New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Visited Hirosaki when the cherry blossom was at peak.. Hotel rooms were in short supply as local visitors had come to enjoy their yearly holiday week and the spring festival. The blossom and illumination were absolutely breath taking. View of Mount Iwika from the castle park on a sunny clear day is dazzling in its splendor.The town has some good... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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110 reviews 110 reviews
55 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Hirosaki Castle and the park surrounding it are a lovely spot to spend some time strolling. The castle is now a museum full of interesting samurai artifacts, but it is quite small. More interesting are the castle gates and turrets that are still standing. There is also a display on the daimyo's residential buildings that used to stand on what... More

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28 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Typical Japanese gardens. No the castle has gone it's the keep that is the centre piece. Other Japanese castles have both !. There isn't a problem with the exhibition not being in English either. Basically the top story of Japanese castle exhibitions finish with pictures of other castles in Japan, this does the same. This is the most northly castle... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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107 reviews 107 reviews
13 attraction reviews
197 helpful votes 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

Walking towards the Castle the way we approached was picture perfect, bridge, Autumn foliage bright sunshine (no-one around). Indeed it looked lovely to photograph but is it worth going inside? Well you have come all this way why not, yes its small, and the displays are old fashioned and everything is in Japanese but I really think thats the charm... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Nice views of the park but exhibition pretty dull and hardly worth the charge. The Castle takes a good photo from the outside. Surrounded great park

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London, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
39 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

This is a lovely castle to look at. The inside though (the part you pay for) is a series of bland and old-fashioned displays, exclusively in Japanese, in a fairly dull and unexciting series of rooms. It took me about 5-10 minutes to see everything. Go to the park, look at the castle, but save yourself the 500 yen or... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

Located in a beautiful Park surrounded by cherry trees beyound belief in a beautiful town. See it during the cherry blossom festivals. See my other review of this area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

This is one of the most famous Cherry Blossom Sites of Japan. Very crowded during Golden Week. Both daytime and night time are offer unique experience. Weather changes quickly and its best to dress in layers and be prepared for cool and hot weather.

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