Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

Updated: Jul 13, 2019


If you've ever wondered whether fairy tales exist in real life, I'm here to tell you they do.


The past two years I was always upset to have missed out on the Cherry Blossom Festival that happens every year in Hirosaki (Aomori Pref.) because something would always get in the way of our plans.

We were lucky enough to make it out there this year, and it was like stepping foot inside a fairytale.

It couldn't have been a more perfect day.

The sakura was in full bloom, and by some crazy miracle, it wasn't raining.

The Hirosaki Castle, which is surrounded by about 2,600 Sakura trees that were planted over 300 years ago, is listed as one of the best spots in all of Japan for Cherry Blossom viewing.

We got a chance to go inside of it, and the view of Mt. Iwaki from up top was breathtaking!

The festival is typically held from late April to early May, so if you ever get a chance to come to this beautiful place, I highly recommend it.

The key is to come when the Sakura is in full bloom.

It makes for a nice romantic getaway, and you get to enjoy all sorts of traditional Japanese festival food and musical performances.

Make sure to have plenty of yen on hand upon arrival. Although there is no admission cost into the actual park, we did pay around 1,000 Yen ($10USD), and that gave us access into 3 different locations, including the castle.

There's also the option of going on little romantic boat rides on the river (not sure of the cost), and of course, all of the food and drinks.

It's also a good idea to have the extra cash on hand for parking and toll fees if you decide to drive.

Check out the vlog from our weekend getaway HERE

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