The Hirosaki Castle Tower used to be a splendid five-story tower which stood on the southwestern part of the castle’s keep. The tower unfortunately burnt down when it was hit by lightning.
The Laws for the Military Houses at the time prohibited the tower from being rebuilt to its original grandeur and the castle tower was eventually rebuilt as the three story tower we see today.
Hirosaki Castle Towe0r is the only one castle tower in Tohoku area which was rebuilt in Edo Period. The castle tower is a symbol of the city of Hirosaki.
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 abroad.
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 top three in Japan.