Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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  • Martina1888
    Inverness, United Kingdom506 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hirosaki Castle
    You can get a combined ticket for the Castle, the Botanical Garden and the Fujita Memorial Garden. The views from the platforms on the castle grounds are great and inside the Castle tower there's a small exhibition about how the tower was templarily moved. I visited late September and there weren't too many other visitors.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 October 2023
  • b2run
    Ontario, Canada284 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Japanese architecture
    While the castles of Europe are much more imposing, the Hirosaki Castle has nice grounds and typical Japanese architechture. You can get a pretty good view from the castle windows. It can get pretty crowded during cherry blossom festival and during the summer.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 March 2024
  • Lola K
    Miami, Florida5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dream come true
    The cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle are quite beautiful. Because it coincides with the Golden Week, there were huge crowds, so I had to queue for 38 minutes to enter the castle tower, but my dream of going up there was finally fulfilled. The cherry blossoms here seem to be everywhere for free. The pink cherry blossoms soften the solemnity of Hirosaki Castle and made me press the shutter frequently. I also tried different angles to capture different styles.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2024
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Redflyer99
San Francisco, CA73 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
The actual castle keep is fairly small and unimpressive but what is impressive is the size of the castle grounds, the viewing platforms at the top and the amount of trees. I went during the off season in winter where there were much less people but according to my friend it's packed during Sakura season as one of the most popular places in Japan. Gates and watch towers are still intact and can be viewed up close.
Written 9 November 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Friends
The expanse of the castle grounds, the number of trees, and the viewing platforms at the summit make up for the modest and unattractive castle keep's size. I visited in the winter off-season when there were a lot fewer people, but my buddy said that during the Sakura season, it is one of the busiest spots in Japan. You can get a close-up glimpse of the gates and watchtowers, which are still standing.
Written 28 March 2023
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Martina1888
Inverness, UK506 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
You can get a combined ticket for the Castle, the Botanical Garden and the Fujita Memorial Garden. The views from the platforms on the castle grounds are great and inside the Castle tower there's a small exhibition about how the tower was templarily moved. I visited late September and there weren't too many other visitors.
Written 2 October 2023
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b2run
Ontario, Canada284 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
While the castles of Europe are much more imposing, the Hirosaki Castle has nice grounds and typical Japanese architechture. You can get a pretty good view from the castle windows. It can get pretty crowded during cherry blossom festival and during the summer.
Written 22 March 2024
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Roger K
Sydney, Australia538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2015 • Solo
Made my own way from Aomori to Hirosaki by train on the JR Ou Line. The one way trip takes about 40 minutes, costs 670 yen.

Hirosaki Castle lies within Hirosaki Park which lies about a 10-15 minute bus ride (100yen) or a 30 minute walk west from Hirosaki Station.

I took the 100 yen bus from Hirosaki Station as did most tourists visiting the Castle.

Opposite the main entrance to the Castle is Otemon Square, being a stepping off point for visitors to Hirosaki Castle. It has an Information Center with maps, pamphlets and advice about the city's other sightseeing spots.

Enter the grounds and start walking around the complex with well signposted walk ways.

The castle was surprisingly small is size. Maybe I was expecting something like Osaka Castle but it wasn't to be.

Unfortunately at the time of my visit, the Castle was under repair and no entry was allowed into the actual building or walled internal compound. Visitors could still walk around and through the park grounds.

All around the park you could see large maple and cherry trees but as it was summer at the time of visit, they were all in full leaf....and surprisingly(not) very few visitors. Apparently Hirosaki Castle is one of the top viewing locations for Cherry Blossoms and you can imagine an impressive display with the Castle as a back drop.

On existing the north gate, I tried to find some of the old samurai residences in the former samurai district that surrounded the Castle in times gone by wandering the local streets, but with no signage of where they were, I was unsuccessful.

I returned to Hirosaki station on foot as it was a easy 30 minute walk(make sure you have a map) instead of trying to link up with the 100 yen tourist bus loop.
Written 15 September 2015
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Briantravel
Diamond Beach, Australia215 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We travelled by train from Aomori for a day in Hirosaki. A pleasant, 1 hr trip (slower train, not the express), and arrived mid morning. Most attractions (Castle, gardens, tourist centre) are walking distance from the tourist bus stops. The 100 Yen bus travels from the main station and does a full circuit , hop on or off anywhere, and 100 Yen each trip - good value. The Nebuta displays in the tourist centre are well worth seeing.
Written 8 November 2014
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Nejc Draganjec
Skofja Loka, Slovenia187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
While most tourist masses will gather around Himeji, Osaka and other well-known castles, Hirosaki castle is one of those often overlooked gems. It is a beautiful little castle which you can get right next to. It used to be on a bank but when I was there it was moved a little further back on the middle of a field for a restoration. It is especially stunning in the sunset and during Hirosaki sakura hanami festival. A true sight to behold.
Written 20 April 2019
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Banda-in-Japan
Tokyo, Japan441 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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.
Written 31 January 2014
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Tom T
Atlanta, GA77 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
Located in a beautiful Park surrounded by cherry trees beyound belief in a beautiful town. See it during the cherry blossom festivals. See my other review of this area.
Written 23 March 2013
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Jenn
California181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2011 • Friends
I visited in the fall, unfortunately missing the sakura blossoms that Hirosaki castle is famous for, but the grounds around the castle were still beautiful. Also, because it was fall they weren't very many people around, so great picture opportunities.

Walking around the castle was so peaceful and calm. We paid 500 yen for entrance into the Castle tower, botanical gardens, and Fujita memorial garden. Inside the castle, which is smaller than other castles I've been to before there isn't too much, but it was still cool to see the views from the third floor. Although, the stairs up and down are dangerously steep, so I wouldn't recommend for small children or people who have trouble walking stairs.
Written 11 October 2011
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