Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

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“Japan’s #1” Cherry Blossom Viewing Location!

Hirosaki Park in Aomori Prefecture’s Hirosaki City is home to Japan’s oldest Yoshino cherry tree. The park features around 52 different varieties and 2,600 total cherry trees. Over 300 of the Yoshino cherry trees in the park are over 100 years old, and since these trees have branches that extend far to the sides and grow larger flowers, they create an incredible cherry blossom viewing experience.
The view of Hirosaki Castle framed by cherry blossoms is another beautiful sight. Incidentally, as the castle tower’s stone wall is undergoing restoration, the tower has been moved about 70 meters with plans to be returned to its original location in 2021. As such, the unique current view is extremely popular.

Hirosaki Castle and cherry blossoms (during stone wall restoration)
Hirosaki Castle and cherry blossoms (during stone wall restoration)

The castle is also lit up at night, and not only are the cherry blossoms themselves beautiful, but you can also see their lovely reflection in the water of the canal.

A heart-shaped gap in the cherry blossoms! Try finding this secret spot for yourself.
A heart-shaped gap in the cherry blossoms! Try finding this secret spot for yourself.

The “flower rafts” formed when scattered cherry blossom petals flutter into the outer moat and float on the surface are another must-see!

One side of the moat covered in pale pink “flower rafts”
One side of the moat covered in pale pink “flower rafts”

Basic information on Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Address
1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki City, Aomori
Location
Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle)
Access
From the JR Ou Main Line’s Hirosaki Station, take the Dotemachi 100 yen bus route for about 15 minutes, getting off at the “Shiyakushou Mae” (“Front of City Hall”) stop.
Tel
0172-35-3131(Hirosaki Tourism Convention Association)
Event Period
April 20th through May 6th, 2019
Hours
Light-up from sunset to 11 pm. Food stand from 9 am - 9 pm.
Admission
Hirosaki Castle citadel and north enclosure – adults 310 yen.
URL(Japanese)
http://www.hirosakipark.jp/sakura/