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Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki

#1 of 114 in Historic Sites in Aomori Prefecture
Must see · Castle · Tourist Spot
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...  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 »
  • I was lucky enough to be living in Hirosaki during Spring, and it was way awesome to see the castle and surrounding area during as well as pre and post-bloom season. No matter what time of year it is a great place to take in the best that Hirosaki has to offer! 👌😁
  • Nice big park with moats and gates. A castle keep that is renovated and has an interesting exhibition of the renovation and moving process. Trimmed bushes and flowers of all sorts, koi in the moats.

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