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Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

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

Even as the cherry blossoms fade in places like Tokyo and Kyoto, there’s still time left!
Aomori Prefecture is located on the northernmost tip of Honshu, Japan’s main island. There, cherry blossoms bloom a few weeks later than places like Tokyo.
Hirosaki Park is one of Japan’s most famous cherry blossom viewing locations. It is one of the so-called top three cherry blossom locations in Japan, along with Nara Prefecture’s Yoshino Mountain and Nara Prefecture’s Takatojoshi Park. Visitors can enjoy over 2600 cherry trees in bloom of over 50 different varieties.
There are over 300 Yoshino cherry trees in Hirosaki Park that are over 100 years old, and each of them continues to produce spectacular blossoms.
As 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the park’s cherry blossom festival, the celebration period has been extended longer than usual, and a large number of stalls and vendors will open as well!

Hirosaki Castle, Cherry Blossoms
[Hirosaki Castle, Cherry Blossoms]

Currently, Hirosaki Castle is undergoing heavy restoration work on its stone walls. Despite this, however, the sight of the castle and cherry blossoms together, with Mount Iwaki as a gorgeous backdrop, continues to be a popular scene to visit!
The cherry blossoms are lit up at night, making yet another scene of breathtaking beauty! Be sure to bundle up and keep warm when you come see this lovely view!

Cherry Blossoms at Night
[Cherry Blossoms at Night]

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Aomori Prefecture – Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

1 Shimoshirogane-cho, Hirosaki City, Aomori[MAP]
Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle)
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.
Event Period
April 21st through May 6th, 2018
Light-up from sunset to 10 pm. Food stand from 9 am - 9 pm.
Hirosaki Castle citadel and north enclosure – adults 310 yen.