Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki-jo) was built in 1611 by Lord Tsugaru, who governed this region at the beginning of the 17th century. Originally, the castle has five stories but it burnt down in 1627 after being struck by lightning. The castle was rebuilt in 1810. The present three-story keep is the only one in the Tohoku Region that was not rebuilt in the modern era.
The castle is located in Hirosaki Park, a public park. Hirosaki Park is particularly famous for its cherry trees of different varieties in spring and its red maples also attract visitors in autumn.
On the castle itself, the donjon or the innermost keep of the castle is surrounded by three surviving yagura from the Edo period on its second bailey, and five surviving gates in the walls of its second and third baileys.
The castle is located in Hirosaki Park that is considered as one of Japan's best cherry blossoms spot. With over 2,500 trees, cherry blossom tunnels, petal moats, picnic area, rental boats, it is a a perfect place for relaxing and sight seeing experience for the visitors.
There are also a few sites near the castle, including the Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden and Gokoku Shrine.
The Hirosaki Park is a 15-20-minute walk away from the northwest of Chuohirosaki station (K?nan Railway ?wani Line).
The Hirosaki Park is open in the public anytim but the Hirosaki Castle keep is only open at 9:00 to 17:00 and closed on November 24 to March 31. The admission fee is 310 Yen.
Botanical Garden opens at 9:00 to 17:00 and closed on November 24 to mid April. The admission fee is 310 Yen also.
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