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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 37 Attractions in Hirosaki
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Very easy walking, but the castle grounds is fairly big. A very peaceful and relaxing visit, probably would have been an even better experience if it was cherry blossom season (...then again maybe not if you have hay fever....). There is an entrance fee but it's not expensive. There's also a small gift shop/coffee station in the grounds, the coffee... More

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Yokohama, Japan
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51 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I visited this castle in August during the height of summer. It is clear from tourist materials that Hirosaki Castle is at its best in Spring during cherry blossom season due to the large number of cherry trees surrounding the castle and its moats. Notwithstanding this, it is worth visiting year round as the grounds are lovely. The castle building... More

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Saitama, Japan
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The grounds are great if you've not been to see a castle yet. Theres a nice park and a famous cherry blossom tree that will bloom in spring. If you've seen a lot of castles, id skip it unless its cherry blossom season.

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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Resplendent gardens. Most of the weeping cherry blossoms had fallen but the doubles were in full bloom. Splendid arboretum. Castle tower is nothing special in itself, but more a beautiful backdrop for the remaining cherry blossom, moat and water photos, and magnificant views of Mount Iwaki.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

this is a great place to visit, there is a lot of history to be seen here. It is a peaceful walk around and through the park

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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
38 helpful votes 38 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
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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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132 reviews 132 reviews
67 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
28 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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