Hirosaki Castle
Hirosaki Castle
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Redflyer99
San Francisco, CA69 contributions
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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Onyib
Las Pinas, Philippines187 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
The Sapporo Ice Festival may be bigger and more popular, but the snow lantern festival around Hirosaki Castle (first week of February) is less crowded and very quiet, too. Make sure you’re all bundled up before going, it gets pretty cold and take a short break at the Starbucks near the castle, it’s really pretty. Not sure if I missed the ticket gate but everything was for free, did not go into the tower, though.
Written 20 February 2020
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Yan C
Hong Kong, China800 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
It is a beauty. It is not a huge castle that its name may imply. It is only three storey high. The interior ground floor is less than 200 sq metres. It looks like a tower or a pagoda. The design and architecture are Japanese. The details are meticulously worked out and built. Quite an amazing sight. After sunset, the castle is lit up and that makes it even more beautiful. There are exhibits inside the castle. More interesting is to try to climb up the very steep, ladder like internal staircase to the top floor. Admission is not free but quite worth it.
Written 6 November 2019
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Warner L
Pasadena, CA668 contributions
Nov 2019
Though small it has access to the interior and photos can be taken from the upper floor. It's beautifully located within the park grounds.
Written 5 November 2019
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pollyoppy
Ormskirk, UK1,262 contributions
Sep 2019
It is only part of the castle but it is situated within lovely grounds. The botanical gardens are worth a visit.
Written 9 October 2019
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Chocolateloverlondon
London226 contributions
Aug 2019
The 'castle' is really only one reconstructed tower. The gardens are however lovely. I think it might be more of an 'event' to visit during Spring - cherry blossom season, or during the snow.
Written 23 August 2019
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Labrys-JapanDream
Mandello del Lario, Italy1,901 contributions
Apr 2019
I visited Hirosaki castle twice, once on the occasion of its snow festival and lately at the beginning of spring. Both periods allowed me to witness the castle and its park at its best, I think. The winter experience has been my favourite one, not only for the castle itself but among other snow festivals I visited (Sapporo, Otaru, Asahikawa, Toyako). Don't miss the apple-based products you can buy in their souvenir shop. Highly recommended!
Written 22 July 2019
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Tam Nguyen
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam84 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
Hirosaki castle is located in Hirosaki Park. It’s smaller than I imagined before getting there. But there is an abundant of exhibits for you to learn about the history of Hirosaki, the reason why and how the locals moved the castle from one to another site within Hirosaki park.
The exhibits are in Japanese, English and Chinese. There is also an aminated video. Everything is easy to understand.
Written 5 June 2019
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SmallBoatCruiser
Tokyo, Japan148 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
I visited on a cruise ship excursion. The grounds are lovely--just stroll around watching for the various types of trees. There is one 130-year-old cherry tree of a rare species. It had a few blooms left on May 7. The castle is currently in a temporary spot--but still accessible. The entire edifice was lifted and moved in order to repair the underlying wall--a multi-year project. There are signs with information at each level as you move up to the top floor. Beautiful views of Mt. Iwaki.
Written 26 May 2019
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Frank H
Kailua, HI324 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Interesting. Some of the gates are original but the castle itself burned down and this is a reconstructed guard house posing as the castle.
Written 16 May 2019
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