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Address: 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki 036-8551, Aomori Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 172-33-8733
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What I imagined Japan to be like

The fact that the castle is quite tiny it seems perfectly formed. It is certainly not in the same league as European castles as far as size is concerned (in fact it is quite... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 2, 2016
Canberra, Australia
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Parksville, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This old castle ground is quite large and is a pleasant walk around the grounds. However, there is only a small portion (a corner tower) remaining so there is nothing much to see except park like settings. Relative to other historical sites in Japan it is not worth the trip to Hirosaki

Thank Bomani
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The castle is smaller than most regular ones we've seen in other cities/towns and it was interesting to note that this was due to limited finances during that time (end of the Edo period).

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Keene, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This castle had to be relocated due to its foundation being destabilized by an earthquake (1983?), so they moved it about 100' and are in the midst of reconstructing the foundation, and it seems that it will be moved back in a couple of years. Not really much of a castle, more like a small tower fort.

Thank LDWG
Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

The fact that the castle is quite tiny it seems perfectly formed. It is certainly not in the same league as European castles as far as size is concerned (in fact it is quite tiny) but it sits very well in the surrounding park and moats.

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Chantilly, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

While Hirosaki Castle is a fantastic place to enjoy the cherry blossoms in Northern Japan, Fall is often overlooked. If you can combine your visit to the castle with Lake Towada, you can get an experience very similar to that in New England.

Thank Tony P
Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016

For those of you that know howl’s moving castle, it may have been inspired by this place. All of the famous photos of this castle involve photos of the bridge and the castle sitting on the corner of the wall. BUT for the last 200 years, someone thought it would be a good idea to move the castle twice. This... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016

We were going to take luvcruisin's advice about taking a train here but it would have taken too much time. First the ships free shuttle takes you to a highly inconvenient drop off by the town wharf. It would have taken us 15 minutes to get to the train station and takes 10 minutes to get to the nebuta streets.... More 

Thank The5leesco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

One of the best place to see cherry blossom in the north of Japan. We were lucky to be there on the day of the cherry blossom festival. It was spectacular. There were people picnicing on the garden areas of the castle, against a beautiful colourful backdrop of pink, white and red colours. A walk along the lake side with... More 

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Yulara, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

Despite the photo it is actually quite small and cosey inside, not in a bad way but it still is three stories high but narrow and compact. I came here from Aomori on the train as I was on a cruise ship that docked there. Using the train from Aomori and Bus from Hirosaki Station was quite easy to get... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

We enjoyed our visit to the castle and park. We took a bus from the JR station. You pay to enter the area where the main castle structure that was moved to repair the foundation area is accessible. The gates are very impressive, too.

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