Tohoku Sights

Hirosaki-jo (Hirosaki Castle)

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

Published 12/10/2015

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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 somei-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 ¥100 bus from the bus pool and get off at the Shiyakusho-mae stop.

Sight Information


1 Shimo Shirogane-cho, Hirosaki, , Aomori-ken, 036-8356, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • ¥310
  • Castle Apr. 23–May 5, daily 7 am–9 pm (for cherry blossoms); May 6–Nov., daily 9–5; park open 24 hrs year-round

Published 12/10/2015


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