The castle tower used to splendid five story tower which stand on the southwestern of castle’s keep. But this tower was hit by lightning and burnt down.
They tried to rebuild but five story towers was prohibited with the low of One Castle per Province then.
Unwillingly, they rebuilt corner tower to build three story castle towers.
Hirosaki castle tower is not that big but it’s the only one castle tower in Tohoku area which rebuilt at Edo Period. This castle tower familiar as the Hirosaki Symbol.
The well-known Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival is held at Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park) annually between April 23rd and May 6th. The park fills with locals as well as visitors from other prefectures and countries.
Presently, Hirosaki Park is a home to 2600 trees with over 50 different types of cherry trees. First to bloom is the Somei Yoshino cherry blooms, followed by the Shidarezakura (Weeping Cherry), then finally the Yaezakura (Double Layer cherry). The cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park) are unique as each branch produces more flowering buds due to a special pruning technique adopted from apple tree pruning. The cherry trees fill with beautiful blossoms.
Night illumination gives the blossoms a different beauty along with the Hirosaki Castle. The night cherry blossoms have been chosen as one of the best three in Japan.