Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival
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A spring festival at Hirosaki Park, famous for its cherry blossoms and boasting 2,600 cherry trees in about 50 varieties, such as Weeping Cherry and Double-Flowered Cherry. Held every year between April 23rd and May 5th, it delights the eyes of tourists with its cherry tree tunnel and western moat dyed the color of cherry blossoms. The cherry trees illuminated at night seem to float magically and make for a different charm than in the daytime. Don't miss the flowering of such invaluable trees as Japan's oldest Yoshino cherry (planted in 1882) and largest circumference Yoshino cherry (a little over 5m).
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fizzy1991
Nashville, TN5,954 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Fantastic last day of the festival. Yes the cherry blossoms are past their prime but some were still beautiful and soft.
Written 5 May 2024
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sweetafton
Singapore, Singapore292 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Friends
Hirosaki is one of the most popular cherry blossom-viewing sites in Japan. The garden around the castle has over 2600 trees in bloom during cherry blossom season. Being further north on the main island, the cherry blossom season is later by about 2-3 weeks from Tokyo/Yokohama/Kamakura/Ofuna./Hakone.

We were there on April 30th and were rewarded with gorgeous blooms in several colours.

Of course,the place will be crowded, but it will be fun because there are also many food stalls selling traditional snacks. Japanese love their snacks, and sometimes, certain snacks are only unique to the area, and cannot be found anywhere else in Japan.
Written 17 May 2019
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Lilian Fujiwara
Chiba Prefecture, Japan1,158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
Now, now if you missed cherry blossom this park is the ultimate place but I am sure it will only last for another 3-4 days then it will all be gone. You have to wait for another year for such a glorious sight. It is really beautiful. Words cannot describe what beholds the eyes.
Written 28 April 2019
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usacobbler
Dublin527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
I gave been to Washington DC when the cherry blossoms were out but this is simply a whole other level of beauty. I think one of my favourite things about this is how many of the cherry blossom trees were donated by locals in the past. It seems there are very few bad places to be in the park because no matter where I looked it was all so beautiful. I am delighted I was able to get here for this festival. There were some activities and there were quite a few people who brought picnics which is a lovely custom in Japan at this tome if tear. We even saw a group of business people having a very fancy picnic by the castle. Do get there early especially if you are going to be there during the weekend. People come from all over to see this festival and this is considered to be the third best cherry blossom festival in the country as I was told by locals. There is an area with lots of food stalls although you will find them in other spots as well and do try an Aomori apple. The region is renown for them and for good reason.
Written 24 April 2019
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reviewer2233456
Wollongong, Australia33 contributions
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Apr 2018
If you are in this area during Cherry Blosson Season then go to the festival! It was lots of fun and a lovely day out. The smell is incredible. Not a great deal of people spoke English but they were very lovely at attempting to communicate in other ways.
Written 15 March 2019
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Nejc Draganjec
Skofja Loka, Slovenia187 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Couples
My expectations coming to Hirosaki were high. Very high. It is one of 7 sakura hanami spots considered best of the best in Japan and it delivered big time. It even surpassed all my expectations.

When deciding to go there consider that during the festival, there are a lot of people coming there. Public transport is at its full capacity. Also accommodations. So book and organize upfront everything you possibly can.

During the festival, the whole Hirosaki is beautiful (don't overlook some other local attractions, they are well worth your time) but the Hirosaki park is where it is at. And it is breathtaking. Corridors of stunning sakura trees, castle, bridges, ...

In the evening there is a night illumination and a lot of stalls offering sakura-themed food and sweets. It can get very busy but since the park is open 24/7 my recommendation would be to go there before sunrise if you want it just to yourself for some photos.
Written 10 February 2019
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1234texas
Seabrook, TX5,025 contributions
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Apr 2018 • Friends
This is something we have wanted to see for 40 years (after we were in Washington DC at the cherry blossom peak) because all we had heard was, "...if you really want to see something special, you have to go to Japan!" We thought the blossoms in DC were pretty special, but we were totally wrong! So, if you want to see something special, you have to go to Japan! This is one incredible sight that truly "takes your breath away" when you see it--even from the bus. However, get off the bus and walk through a beautiful painting. This is an experience where nature puts on a show that you will NEVER FORGET.

We were very lucky on this entire trip because we saw the blossoms in Vancouver BC, twice in Aomori (a week apart), and at the north island--all at their peak. There is absolutely no way you can guarantee that you will be in country when the cherries bloom will be in peak bloom unless you are planning to be there for about 40 days. In spite of what you hear, NO ONE can tell you for certain what day the peak will be for the city you are visiting. The "experts" say the range is "early to mid April to early May, but it all depends on the latitude you are at." The good news is that there is always a peak bloom, but the bad news is that the weather (rain and high winds) can destroy it quickly.

We chose this trip to Japan on the basis of the cherry blossoms peak bloom, and we expected to see them at least once looking good. The fact that we were at many different latitudes helped us greatly, but it can work against you. Plan your trip in advance based on the "expected times" and allow for stops in different cities (with possibilities of seeing the blossoms) where you can get a train to Aormori if you hear from the locals that the blooms are at their peak. If they are, check the weather first, then cancel your plans for the arrival city and go catch the train!

We were expecting great things, but we got so much more than we expected. Hirosaki Park is huge--it covers many acres. The landscape design is superb, as well as the maintenance of the garden. There are 2,600 cherry trees--most over 130 years old (the oldest is 500+ years), which we thought was impossible for cherry trees. They are many feet in diameter and they are very tall--so tall that they form a canopy of branches over the paths and are totally covered with flowers (see pictures attached). The stonework, water features & canals are an excellent example at oriental gardening at its best. At the center of the park is the Hirosaki Castle (which is very impressive) and worth the walk to it even if there were no blossoms. The mountain "overlooking" the park is spectacular--see pictures. Finally, and most important, is that EVERY TREE IN THE PARK IS IN BLOOM AT THE SAME TIME!

By the way, this really is a festival with lots of food, drink, plants, and trinkets. It is very well attended (crowded with people everywhere speaking many different languages). There are thousands of busses in the area, and many tour groups. If you don't like a crowd, you are at the wrong venue!

When you are in Japan, you will be surrounded by "Kawaii" which is Japanese for "cuteness." Get ready for it because it is everywhere in the culture. The strangest aspect of this is the tendency of young women (18 to 30+) to dress as children/school girls. There were a number of examples at the festival, but one scene of two girls (pictured) seems to have summed up the situation for us. The pictures have helped us greatly in communicating the concept to our friends in the states--of whom few can believe it or understand it. You have to be in Japan to get a sense for how it fits into the culture!

Without a doubt, this stop was one of the highpoints of our trip--and there were many. Japan is an incredible country with much to offer tourists. It is very different than any other place we have been, but it is unique and wonderful in its' own way--this stop really brings that home to you. Try to work it into your plans because you will not be disappointed--even if you are not a gardner!
Written 30 August 2018
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Adi N
Jakarta, Indonesia353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
there is alot of stall which sell snack and food.. the takoyaki is delicious, it made from whole octopus, yummyyyy.. there is performance too and with the beautifull background, its so amazing
Written 23 July 2018
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Shaka_Frank
Aiea, HI1,000 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We stayed two nights in Aomori, not knowing when we booked that there would be a Cherry Blossom festival nearby. So, we grabbed a local train for a day trip to Hirosaki. What a great experience to happen upon the opening of the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival. The park is a ways from the train station, but the organizers had a shuttle bus system with helpers set up to get people to and from the park. It was a very nominal fee (200 yen or something like that) to ride the bus. Considering the traffic congestion, a taxi ride would have taken just as long and cost 5X as much. The cherry blossom were all in bloom, and there were so many photo opportunities in the park. I can't imagine having gone to a better venue for cherry blossoms. There were also plenty of opportunities to eat from stalls in the park.
Written 26 June 2018
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thaiminhson
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Come there for cherry blossom festival which was a great place for sight seeing in Aomori. Should be bought a combo ticket to visit the Hirosaki castle and garden. It was a great festival in this park
Written 13 June 2018
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