What to Expect
Hirosaki Castle Park
Hirosaki castle Park, located in the heart of Hirosaki, was originally a Tsugaru familiy for generations of residence, which was ruled Hirosaki clan in the Edo era(17st~19st century).
All the preserved buildings in the park has been designated as an important cultural property in Japan.
Currently, Hirosaki Castle has been moved to the temporary tower base of the main enclosure for restoring the stone wall of the main enclosure.
Best season of Hirosaki Castle Park is the period of the Cherry Blossom Festival that is held in late April-early May every year. The park is the most famous place for cherry blossom in Japan.
There are about 50 kinds of cherries, about 2,600 cherry trees in the park. Cherry blossoms of the park are based on about 1,000 cherry trees planted by the former samurai in 1882.
It’s also highly recommend that autumn foliage of the park in late October-early November.
There are about a thousand Japanese maple trees in the park.
Snow Lantern Festival is held on around February 10 every year.
There are about 200 snow lanterns and snow sculptures in the park.
Saisho-in Five story pagoda
There are about 23 old five storyed pagodas in Japan(built before 1868). But this old pagoda is located in Japan northernmost.
The pagoda was built in 1667, and also has been designated as an important cultural property.
There’s also Weeping cherry trees in the site.
Rice Field Art of Inakadate
Rice Field Arts are held in two places from mid June to mid October every year.
The first observatory is located in Village office of Inakadate, next to Hirosaki.
Rice Field Art is drawn by using several types of rice plants.
The first place in Japan that rice field art is drawn in paddy plants is here.
It takes about ten minutes by car to the second observatory from the first one.
There are restaurant, souvenir shop tiny amusement park and ruins of paddy field next to the observatory.
Some pebble arts of Japanese or world’s famous person are also exhibited and you can see the arts from the observatory.
Seibi-en Garden is located in Hirakawa, next to Hirosaki and consists of a garden and a building named Seibi-kan.
Seibien is one of the most major gardens nationally designated in Meiji era (1868-1912) which exists three, and the others are Murin-an and Seifu-sou in Kyoto.
Seibi-kan is a blending of Japanese and Western styles building that was built for a view of the garden.
It is said that there is no example to the other in Japan.
The garden is Japanese circuit style one.
The house and garden became the inspiration for the art location in the anime film, Arrietty produced by Studio Ghibli.