We were very, very lucky to visit (8 May) when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. Due to recent cold weather the blossoms were delayed for a week or so but that suited us fine as we had not expected to see them. We were on an organised tour from our cruise ship (Sun Princess) which had docked in nearby Aomori. The cherry blossoms were magnificent stretching all up the street to the entrance and then all over the vast grounds. It was quite crowded as everyone from all over Japan visits these gardens when they are in bloom. As it was a beautiful day, it was photographer's paradise. The scenes with the castle, the pink blossoms, the snow capped Mt Iwiki in the background and the water filled moat were just magic. This was one of the highlights of our trip. You just have to choose the right day!
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