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.
Chosho-ji temple was bulit in 17th century by Tsugaru family, feudal lord of this region.
Since there are 33 Buddhism temples of Zen sect and an avenue of old pine trees, You can feel the atmosphere of Edo era(17th to 19th century) in this district.
It’s said that many temples of same sect are gathered in small area is very unusual.
Many wooden buildings of this temple have been designated as an important cultural property of Japan.
Saisho-in Five story pagoda
There are about 23 old five story 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.
Iwakiyama Shrine is said to have originated in 780, when a shrine was built on the peak of Mt. Iwaki. Object of worship is the mountain itself.
Existing shrine and tower gate was built by Tsugaru lord over the Edo period (from 17th century to 19th century).
Most of wooden buildings have been designated as an important cultural property in Japan.
Fujita Memorial Garden
The former home and garden of the Fujita family, this beautiful Japanese garden is the second largest in Tohoku region (northern area) of Japan.
The garden is divided into upland section and lowland section. The former is western style garden, and the other is Japanese style garden.
A weeping cherry tree is worth a visit, if you come to Hirosaki castle park at at the time of cherry blossom festival.
Autumn foliage in the garden will be at their best from the end of October to the beginning of November.