Hirosaki Castle, November

[Taylor]

Today we took a two hour drive down to Hirosaki City where we attended the annual kiku matsuri (chrysanthemum festival) at Hirosaki Park. Hirosaki Park is home to Hirosaki Castle, a national landmark. The park and castle are currently surrounded by thousands of trees with leaves changing all sorts of shades of red, yellow, and green. It’s a great time to visit.

However, the best time to go is during spring. That’s when Japan’s famous cherry blossoms (sakura) bloom and Hirosaki Castle happens to be surrounded by thousands of these trees. Every spring people flock from all over the country to catch a glimpse. It should go without saying that we’ll be two of those people in attendance, but we’ll also be back for the other two seasons. Hirosaki Park is simply one of the coolest places we’ve been since we arrived in Japan.

Here’s a little history from a brochure:

Hirosaki Castle was completed in 1611 and housed several generations of lords of the Tsugaru Clan. The large 49.2-hectare grounds include three concentric moats and earthen fortifications that surround the remains of the inner castle area; five castle gates, three corner keeps and a castle tower. After the original five-storied tower was struck by lighting and burned down, the current three-storied Tenshukaku tower was built to replace it. The castle grounds are now a public park famous nationwide for its cherry blossoms. The castle tower houses a museum featuring samurai-era swords, suits of armor, helmets, and other items related to the castle’s history.

Enjoy the photos.  Click here to view the rest of the 104 we took today.

Moat surrounding the park.

Moat surrounding the park.

Entrance.

Entrance.

Hirosaki Castle

Hirosaki Castle

View from the castle.

View from the castle.

We met new friends in the botanical garden.

We met new friends in the botanical garden.

Kiku Matsuri

Kiku Matsuri

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One Response to “Hirosaki Castle, November”

  1. sarah austad Says:

    The mums are gorgeous. It was sooo good to see your faces in the pictures too. Tomorrow is your big day! Will give you a call. Love you both.

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