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Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki

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Sitting above a sea of cherry trees, Hirosaki Castle represents a rare intact example of an authentic hirayama-style Japanese castle. First constructed with 5 floors in 1611 and reduced to 3 levels in accordance with Edo Shogunate law after being struck by lightning, the castle and its grounds became a National Historic Site in 1952. Embodying the classic aesthetic of a Japanese castle, the structure features fortified moats, gates, and a grand interior. The surrounding park offers plenty of scenic trails and rental rowboats to experience the castle from a different viewpoint. Hirosaki Castle is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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  • The Sapporo Ice Festival may be bigger and more popular, but the snow lantern festival around Hirosaki Castle (first week of February) is less crowded and very quiet, too. Make sure you’re all... 
    The Sapporo Ice Festival may be bigger and more popular, but the snow lantern festival around Hirosaki Castle (first week of February) is less crowded and very quiet, too. Make sure you’re all...  more »
  • It is a beauty. It is not a huge castle that its name may imply. It is only three storey high. The interior ground floor is less than 200 sq metres. It looks like a tower or a pagoda. The design and.....  more
    It is a beauty. It is not a huge castle that its name may imply. It is only three storey high. The interior ground floor is less than 200 sq metres. It looks like a tower or a pagoda. The design and.....  more »
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  • The grounds were huge and beautiful. Winter is very nice and the red bridges really stand out. The castle was smaller than I expected but overall enjoyable.
  • The main tourist attraction in Hirosaki City, which not only garden but also has castle inside. The access is very easy, you can take bus from Hirosaki Station for 100¥ (please check the timetable for bus using app/ask the tourist information center inside the station). I went here during Chrysanthemum and Autumn Leaves Festival, so the entrance is free. Normally, the entrance to the park is free but if you want to visit Hirosaki Castle area or Botanical Garden, you need to pay for a ticket, but I think the price is still reasonable (520¥ for all access). This park is spacious and has some picnic areas inside. There are also some cafe you can visit if you’re hungry. This park has various events in a year, so, make sure you come when the festival is held.

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