Tony and I recently visited Hirosaki Castle in hopes of spotting the first cherry blossoms of the season. Hirosaki Castle is one of the most famous blossom sighting spots in Japan, having over 2600 trees planted among the castle grounds. Noted historian and author Shiba Ryōtarō praised Hirosaki as one of the “Seven Famous Castles of Japan”
Constructed in 1611, Hirosaki Castle is beautiful during every season of the year. Although we were too early to see the cherry blossoms, we were enchanted by the layout of the grounds surrounding the castle. Each area is designed to highlight a different feature such as water, rock, or bamboo.