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Hirosaki Castle

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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Geelong, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank markelshout
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Melbourne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Helsinki, Finland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Absolutely one of the world most beautiful place. Must see place if in north Japan at sakura season. I had a strollers for my son, which made castle walk a little bit challenging. But japanese people are always so helpfull and got help getting up the stairs to the castle. The view.. Oh my it was like from a dream.... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Traveled here as part of a tour from a cruise ship. The park grounds are green and beautiful. The castle is an excellent example of this type of architecture. This is a lovely way to spend a couple of hours in the Japanese Countryside.

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penang
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

I came to notice that all Japanese castles were built based on a similar architecture. The unique feature about Hirosaki castle is that it is nestled with Mount Iwaki, making it looks grand and more beautiful! The many cherry trees around just perfected it! A must go when in Aomori!

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State of Sao Paulo
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Excelent place to visist anytime of the year. There is a place in front of the castle that you take the pictures. My suggestion is take the picture in sunset.

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Thank Leandro A
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

The castle used to be just beside stone wall. But, it was damaged by the Tohoku earthquake. So, it was moved inside. We can get into the castle. It is three-storied castle. Stairs are very steep. The best season we would visit is spring, especially, during cherry blossoms are full.

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