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Hirosaki-jo (Hirosaki Castle)

Hirosaki-jo (Hirosaki Castle) Review

Guarded by deep moats, over which a red wooden bridge crosses in a picturesque curve, Hirosaki-jo is atop a high stone base. The original castle, completed in 1611, was set ablaze 16 years later by a lightning bolt. The present one, of a smaller scale, dates back to 1810. In spring, the more than 5,000 sōmei-yoshino cherry trees blossom, while in fall the changing maples are even more gorgeous. A snow-lantern festival with illuminated ice sculptures is held in early February. The castle is a 30-minute walk from JR Hirosaki Station. Take the bus from the No. 2 stop and get off at the Shiyakusho-mae stop.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 2–1 Shimo Shirogane-cho, Hirosaki, 036-8356
  • Phone: 0172/33–8733
  • Cost: ¥300
  • Hours: Grounds daily 7 am–9 pm; castle Apr.–Nov., daily 9–5 (Apr. 23–May 5, daily 7–9)
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  • Location: Hirosaki
Updated: 09-20-2013

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