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Tohoku Sights

Hirosaki-jo (Hirosaki Castle)

  • 2–1 Shimo Shirogane-cho Map It
  • Hirosaki
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 09/20/2013

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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.

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2–1 Shimo Shirogane-cho, Hirosaki, 036-8356, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥300
  • Grounds daily 7 am–9 pm; castle Apr.–Nov., daily 9–5 (Apr. 23–May 5, daily 7–9)

Updated 09/20/2013


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