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Hirosaki Castle

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1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki 036-8551, Aomori Prefecture
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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....More

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank NomDG
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.

Date of experience: April 2012
3  Thank Atltguy
Reviewed January 17, 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.

Date of experience: May 2012
2  Thank ErwinOrtiz
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Castles to me should be giant, but this one is a little one, though full of historical armours on display and weapons, it was a little short for my interest.

Date of experience: April 2012
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Reviewed July 27, 2012

Pro -ORIGINAL donjon (main castle tower). Not a rebuild/reconstruction like most Japanese touristy castles. You can hear the ancient wood creak with every step you take in the castle. -Large keep grounds also used as the main park for the entire city; good for seeing...More

Date of experience: June 2012
1  Thank dojinluv
Reviewed July 16, 2012

I don't think you'll ever see a more beautiful display of cherry blossoms. They are everywhere and there are billions of them (or at least it seems that way). It's super romantic, or it's a fun place to hang out with friends. There's also a...More

Date of experience: March 2012
2  Thank aprboo
Reviewed May 31, 2012

I was there on April 29th a few days before the full bloom but enough of the cherry blossoms were open to make this the most beautiful and memorable place from my visit. I got lucky to see a huge festival going on that day/evening,...More

Date of experience: April 2012
1  Thank Dennis K
Reviewed March 9, 2012

It was very calming to walk through the Cherry Blossom Park in Hirosaki and to see the Hirosaki Castle. The people in Japan are so polite and I feel I could go there by myself next visit. I had my Mom and my Uncle Seigi...More

Date of experience: April 2011
1  Thank Risa S
Reviewed October 10, 2011

I visited in the fall, unfortunately missing the sakura blossoms that Hirosaki castle is famous for, but the grounds around the castle were still beautiful. Also, because it was fall they weren't very many people around, so great picture opportunities. Walking around the castle was...More

Date of experience: October 2011
3  Thank jeffiner52
Reviewed May 23, 2011

wonderful in autumn - must be much more fantastic in spring! 500JPY (iirc) to enter the castle grounds, but the best view (and most photographed spot) is free to enter.

Date of experience: November 2010
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Fearless53129
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Response from 2CAtravelers | Reviewed this property |
I did not see any train lines near the castle and park. I don't recall seeing a train station anywhere near the dock either. I would be concerned that you'd be spending so much time trying to use the train that you'd miss... More
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Response from 271heikkis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the renovations are still going on and are expected to last until 2023. The castle is expected to be put back into its original place by fall 2021.
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