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“Pretty cherry blossom in Spring”
Review of Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle
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Private Cherry Blossom Tour in Hirosaki with a Local Guide
Ranked #2 of 94 things to do in Hirosaki
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 10 May 2014

A nice visitor attraction in Hirosaki, consisting of the site of the castle with a few reconstructed turrets and castle tower and a number of entrance gates. Most of the park is free to walk around, with an entrance fee for the inner castle area which includes a small museum (interpretation all in Japanese). The park is beautiful at hanami/cherry blossom time. It's a bit of a trek from the station, but there is a ¥100 loop bus that will save your legs!

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Visited Hakodate City by ship in April, wanted to see the cherry blossom in Hirosaki park and Hirosiki Castle, about 30 minutes train ride from Hakodate station. Locals very helpfull with information on ticket purchases, we found the train very easy to use. Unfortunately for us, we missed the cherry blossom by one week however the park is very beautiful and well worth the visit as was the Castle. There where plenty of restaurants on the walk from the station back to the pier and we sampled the local food at one. If you get the chance, the City is worth a visit. Cherry blossom time varies each season, probably the best time is to visit Hirosaki park and its 1600 cherry trees is last week of April to first week of May, expect very large crowds when the blossom is out.

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Reviewed 3 May 2014

Visited Hirosaki when the cherry blossom was at peak.. Hotel rooms were in short supply as local visitors had come to enjoy their yearly holiday week and the spring festival. The blossom and illumination were absolutely breath taking. View of Mount Iwika from the castle park on a sunny clear day is dazzling in its splendor.The town has some good restaurants but language can be a challenge. We had to change our plans of travel as we watched the forcast but was well worth.

The train Hayabusa from Tokyo to Aomori in first class was so very comfortable and extra ordinarily fast and you can get the reservation ahead from USA on line on JREAST reservation site and it is necessary during the holiday week.

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Reviewed 31 January 2014 via mobile

Hirosaki Castle and the park surrounding it are a lovely spot to spend some time strolling. The castle is now a museum full of interesting samurai artifacts, but it is quite small. More interesting are the castle gates and turrets that are still standing. There is also a display on the daimyo's residential buildings that used to stand on what is now the heart of the park. It's easy when visiting a park with a broad expanse of lawn dotted with a few pine trees to think it's always been that way, so it can be a surprise to realize the extent of the buildings that once occupied the site.

Unusually, free wifi is available across the whole park.

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Reviewed 13 December 2013

Typical Japanese gardens. No the castle has gone it's the keep that is the centre piece. Other Japanese castles have both !. There isn't a problem with the exhibition not being in English either. Basically the top story of Japanese castle exhibitions finish with pictures of other castles in Japan, this does the same. This is the most northly castle in Japan other more preserved ones are available in the south !. Obviously different history.

There was a dig on around the grounds when we were there. The grounds were pleasant even thou it was raining on and off, there is shelter. Autumn colours don't come without some handicaps. Our last full day in Japan chilling out. Refuge from the rain with free community WiFi was in the restaurant / shop tucked away on the site.

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