Aomori

The heart shaped sky bordered by the cherry blossoms

“Heart hunting” trips in the season for love

Hirosaki Park

Hirosaki Park in the city of Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture is known to be one of the three major spots in Japan for cherry blossoms. About 2,600 cherry trees of various kinds will bloom. Full bloom is usually around late April. In recent years, a hidden place of note is a spot where the overlapping cherry tree branches make the sky look like it is heart shaped. At your next visit to Hirosaki Park in the spring, please do try to look for the heart shaped sky bordered by the pink cherry blossoms.

A must-see! The water mirror reflecting cherry blossom at the western moat

The “Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival” is held for two weeks around the end of April every year. At Hirosaki Park, the main venue for this, the spot where the branches of two cherry trees overlap to make a heart shape is very popular. The tree stump nearby has a heart mark, so please look for it while enjoying the cherry blossoms. Another spot of note is the rows of Somei-yoshino cherry trees that stretch along both sides of the western moat. The cherry tree tunnel that is reflected in the water of the moat is splendid. The scattered blossom petals that have fallen onto the water give the surface of the water of the moat a pink tinge. It is a must-see!

The night cherry blossoms with a lit-up Hirosaki Castle

The chalky white Hirosaki Castle is the symbol of the castle town Hirosaki. It was started in 1610 by Nobuhira, the second lord of the Hirosaki Domain, and was completed in the following year. In the “honmaru” main enclosure of the castle there is the “Otakizakura” cherry tree named by the woodblock printmaker Shiko Munakata, and in the “ninomaru” outer citadel there is the oldest Somei-yoshino cherry tree in Japan, and many places of interest. The lit-up castle tower emerging out of the darkness, together with the cherry blossoms at night, are a fantastic sight. The heart shaped night sky bordered by the cherry blossoms at night is also romantic.

Smacking your lips for the apple pies in the City of Apples

In the city of Hirosaki, apple pie made from the famous “Aomori apple” is a popular local sweet. How about making the rounds of cafes in the city to compare the flavor of each place?
*The photo is for illustrative purposes only.

Shayokan - Osamu Dazai Memorial Hall

The Shayokan in the city of Goshogawara, a residence built in a massive architectural style with Aomori cypress wood by the father of the author Osamu Dazai in the Meiji Era, is an important national cultural property of Japan. At the museum annex you can see Dazai’s writing utensils, his handwritten manuscripts and other memorable items.

INFORMATION

Location 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki-shi, Aomori-ken (Hirosaki Park)
About 55 minutes by bus from Aomori Airport.
Inquiries The Parks & Greenery Section of Hirosaki City Hall
TEL +81-172-33-8739
http://www.city.hirosaki.aomori.jp

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