Hirosaki Park in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture, which is known as one of the three major cherry blossom viewing spot in Japan. The cherry blossoms here are in full bloom around the end of April, and many tourists visit “Golden Week” (early-May holiday season in Japan). The highlight is “Cherry Tunnel”, “flower petals fallen on water”, “Hirosaki Castle”. There are 2,600 cherry blossom trees on the site of about 492 thousand hectares. Here, “Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri” (The Cherry Blossom Festival in Hirosaki) will be held every cherry blossoms in full bloom. It is held during the holidays from April 23 to May 5 every year. Over 2 million people visit this period every year.
During the cherry blossom festival, about 200 shops are open in the park, including restaurants, and it is open from 9: 00 to 21: 00. You can enjoy regional cuisine such as Tsugaru soba noodles and ginger miso oden (Japanese food of stewed ingredients), as well as old-fashioned haunted houses and simple circus.
Taking a cherry-blossom viewing event while enjoying a meal with local people, and tours by local volunteer guides are held, so you can enjoy cherry blossoms all day. In 2017, the cherry blossom festival celebrated its 100th anniversary and is showing more and more bustling. Why don’t you enjoy the cherry blossoms in Hirosaki, which is said to be the most beautiful in Japan.
Hirosaki-koen (Hirosaki Park) where the name is known as a famous tourism spot of its cherry tree. There are more than 300 Someiyoshino trees in Hirosaki-koen Park, and almost all of them are over 100 year-old. Each of them magnificently bloom, and is praised as the best in Japan.
It is about the end of April that cherry‐blossom front comes over to Hirosaki. The contrast of gorgeous cherry tree and old pine-tree is wonderful, it blooms beautifully and competes in Hirosaki Park.
The people are intoxicated with a flower under the cherry tree and get drunk on liquor and enjoy spring of Tsugaru.
In night, the lighted up figures of cherry tree reflecting on the surface of the water of the moat around the castle are producing fantastic atmosphere, and its beauty attracts coming people.
The cherry tree of Hirosaki Park attracts people until the moment a flower is about to drop. Petals flow through the surface of the water of the moat (“Hana-Ikada”), the Hana no Jutan (“The carpet of the cherry tree”) as filling up the moat with a petal becomes the topic.
The Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri is one of the Hirosaki’s four biggest festivals (Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival, Hirosaki Nebuta Festival, Chrysanthemum and Colored Leaves Festival of Hirosaki-jo Castle, Snow Lantern Festival of Hirosaki-jo Castle). Since a holding period of the festival overlaps with “Golden Week” (early-May holiday season in Japan), it is the popular festival that 2 million people visit every year.
The Hirosaki park used as the festival site is a place famous for its cherry blossoms which is selected as one of “the Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites”, and “100 selections of the fabric of landscape relationships between people and nature in Japan.” There is the cherry tree of approximately 50 kinds of 2,600, including the Yoshino cherry trees and the weeping cherry trees, is worth seeing.
|Name:||Hirosaki Sakura Matsuri (The Cherry Blossom Festival in Hirosaki)|
|Adresse:||Shimoshiroganecho 1-1 Hirosaki-city, Aomori 036-8356 Japan|
|Access:||JR Ouhonsen line "Hirosaki-eki Station” (20 minutes walk)|
|Tel:||(+81) 172-35-3131 (Hirosaki City Tourism Association)|
|Price/Charge:||310 yen (Adult)
100 yen (Junior High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.