Forming the grounds of Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki Park is nationally recognised as one of Japan’s top three cherry blossom viewing locations. The park is home to 50 varieties of cherry blossoms, over 2,600 trees in all. Large numbers of domestic and international visitors come to the park’s famous cherry blossom viewing festival, the “Hirosaki Sakura Festival“, held from late April to early May. A rickshaw ride is the smart way to enjoy the scenic beauty of the vast grounds of this castle park.
The view of the rows of cherry blossom trees along either side of the outer moat reflecting on the water is exceptionally beautiful. Hirosaki Park is also known for its graceful views of cherry blossom petals scattered on the surrounding waters. The view of the “Sakura Carpet” of cherry blossom petals covering the water surface of the outer moat is known as “Hanaikada”. This view has received a great deal of popularity since being recognised as a “once-in-a-lifetime scenic view” thanks to its popular Facebook page. The illuminated view of cherry blossom trees at night is fantastic. Enjoy the elegance of Hirosaki Castle in combination with the park’s gorgeous cherry blossoms!
Along with the Hirosaki Sakura Festival each spring, other festivals taking place here include the Autumn Leaves Festival and Chrysanthemum Festival in autumn and the Snow Lantern Festival in winter. Hirosaki Park is the perfect place to enjoy a variety of seasonal beauty. From brilliant chrysanthemum figures and vibrant autumnal colours to the graceful views of the castle blanketed in snow and magical scenes of illuminated snow huts in winter, the park is waiting for you!
A number of other popular attractions are nearby including Tsugaru-han Neputa Village, a local culture museum with a market area of traditional arts and crafts, Fujita Memorial Garden, a Western style residence in beautiful contrast to its Japanese garden, and when you are ready for a break there is even a popular local branch of Starbucks located in an officially recognised Tangible Cultural Property. Be sure to combine your visit to Hirosaki Park with a trip to these attractions!
- 1-day ticket (admission to 1 attraction)
Adults: 310 yen
Children: 100 yen
1-day ticket (combined ticket)
Combined ticket includes entry to Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki Castle Botanical Garden and Fujita Memorial Japanese Garden
Adults: 510 yen
Children: 160 yen
*Prices in brackets ( ) are for groups of 10 or more
*Free for elementary school or younger children
- Opening Times
- Admission-free area
Open 24 hours
Open: 9:00 – 17:00 from April 1 to November 23
7:00 – 21:00 during the Sakura Festival
- Open everyday
- 30 minutes on foot from JR Hirosaki Station
10 minutes by taxi from JR Hirosaki Station
15 minutes by bus from JR Hirosaki Station and a 5 minute walk from Shiyakusyo-mae
- Car Park
- Parking available around at various locations around the park
- Official Website
- Reviews (TripAdvisor)
- Hirosaki Tourism and Convention Bureau
- Telephone Number