Jan 9, 2017
On a good day, it is possible to capture a stunning picture of the Hirosaki Castle tower surrounded by blooming cherry blossoms against a majestic backdrop of Mt. Iwaki in the distance.
Unfortunately, it was an overcast day when we visited so Mt. Iwaki was not visible but the cherry blossoms were in full bloom and the view was still amazingly beautiful. The 10 year restoration of the castle tower's stone wall have been ongoing since 2014 as well which is why the tower has been relocated from it's original position.
We headed further north from the castle where the festival's food and games stalls were located. A wide variety of food and drinks were sold at these stalls for people to buy and enjoy while admiring the cherry blossoms.
At the west side of the park along the moat where rowboats were available for hire, we found ourselves strolling through an avenue with cherry trees on both sides, creating an ethereal cherry blossom tunnel.
Coin lockers were available at the Hirosaki Municipal Tourist Center located at the south Otemon entrance of the Hirosaki Castle Park so travelers can store their luggage there.
Closer to the cherry blossom season each year, more information on the festival will be posted on the Hirosaki Tourism website (http://www.hirosaki-kanko.or.jp/en/index.html) so do check it out!
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