Hirosaki is in Aomori Prefecture Tohoku Region at the northern end of Honshu Island. The main attractions in Hirosaki are Hirosaki Castle and its surrounding park where 2,600 cherry blossom blossom in Golden Week (April). The Hirosaki Neputa Festival is held in the first week of August.
Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture.
Hirosaki is indicated by the red marker.
Hirosaki Castle is a flatland style Japanese Castle in the central of Hirosaki city, Aomori Prefecture . Hirosaki Castle, also known as Takaoka Castle, was built in 1611, however the current donjon was completed in 1811 on a different location to the original donjon. The palace buildings and most of the castle walls were removed in 1871. In 1906 two of the turrets were burnt down. In 1937 eight structures were declared National Treasures, despite this all the bronze, roofing tiles and decorations, was stripped from the castle in 1944. Three turrets from the Edo period survive.
HIROSAKI GARDENS and PARKS
Hirosaki Park, in Hirosaki Aomori Prefecture , is famous for its 5,000 cherry blossom trees which surround Hirosaki Castle, also known as Takaoka Castle. The cherry blossom trees include Someiyoshino, weeping cherry tree and the double flowering Yaezakura. Hirosaki Park is considered one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots.
Author: Craig Fryer