About Hirosaki

About Hirosaki City



City Emblem

Manji

City Flower

Cherry Blossms


City Tree

Apples




















▶Where:lies at latitude 40°north and longitude 140°east.
▶Total area: 524.12 square kilometers.
▶Population:About 170,000

Hirosaki City 

Hirosaki, a former castle town, is located in the southwestern part of Aomori Prefecture, and has played a major role in the economic and political life of the region since Hirosaki Castle was built in the 17th century.
Along with Hirosaki Castle, 2,600 of Japan’s most beautiful cherry blossoms can be seen in Hirosaki Park.
In addition to Zenrin Street (Zenringai), where 33 Zen Buddhist temples reside, it hosts the northernmost five-story pagoda, “Saishoin.” Hirosaki is a castle town full of history and culture, where many historical buildings such as samurai residences and Western style architecture are designated as cultural properties.
It is also a gateway to the World Natural Heritage site, Shirakama-sanchi, and is located approximately 60 km northwest of Towada Lake Oirase Gorge.


Seasonal Events

The Cherry Blossom Festival (Spring)
This is held in the park that now covers the former castle site. The average temperature during the Cherry Blossom Festival in early May is 20 degrees (Celsius) in the afternoon and 10 degrees in the evening. You should therefore bring a cardigan or a jacket.

Hirosaki Neputa Festival (Summer)
During the Neputa Festival, you would normally be very comfortable in a t-shirt and short-pants. However, by the beginning of the Autumn Festival, it will be getting colder, and you will need a jacket.

Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemums and Autumn Foliage Festival (Autumn)
Hirosaki is also home to many apple growers and is known as “an apple-colored town” in appreciation of the important role apples play in local life. The average temperature during the Cherry Blossom Festival in early May is 13 degrees (Celsius) in the afternoon and 10 degrees in the evening. You should therefore bring a cardigan or a jacket.

Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival (Winter)
During the winter, Hirosaki usually gets less snow than Aomori City. However, be prepared for lots of snow around the time of the Hirosaki Castle Snow Lantern Festival.

Many people come to Hirosaki to watch and to participate in these festivals.

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