Hirosaki Castle is a 16th-century castle located in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture. The three-story castle building was built by the Tsugaru Clan's leader, Tsugaru Tamenobu, in 1611. One of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tohoku, the castle grounds are home to over 2600 blossom trees - one of the largest sites in Japan.
The main castle tower used to be five storeys high but was rebuilt into a three-story structure after it got burnt down by a lightning strike during the Edo period. During this time, it was forbidden to rebuild it back to its original state. Thus, the tower was rebuilt into a new three-story building. Hirosaki Castle is one of the few castles throughout Japan that was rebuilt during the Edo period and not modern times. Now, Hirosaki Castle is designated as an Important Cultural Property, a title that showcases its historical significance for the city.
Undoubtedly Hirosaki City's most iconic attraction, Hirosaki Castle is famed for its spectacular views of the castle tower among blooming cherry blossom trees and a wide castle moat. During springtime, visitors can rent rowing boats and enjoy the blossoms from atop the petal filled waters. The castle also hosts a Cherry Blossom Festival during the peak blooming season, which changes yearly.