Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival Begins This Month

15.October.2018 | SPOT

The Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival will run from October 19 to November 11.

 

It will take place at Hirosaki Park which is home to the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual event held in April that was selected as one of Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom spots, bringing in over 2 million people every year. The castle tower at the park along with the three watchtowers and five castle gates are also registered as important cultural properties. It is also known for being the place where the Hirosaki Domain resided which was ruled by the Tsugaru clan.

The Hirosaki Castle Chrysanthemum and Autumn Foliage Festival has been held every autumn since 1962. It serves as a reminder of autumn-time Hirosaki with around maple 1,000 trees dyeing the park in autumnal hues. The 2,600 or so cherry blossom trees there, which turn a beautiful pink in spring, also take on fall colours.

 

When the sun sets at the festival, the castle tower, gates and the park are lit up with bright illuminations. The park is made even more beautiful by the glowing trees and illumined castle which cast reflections on the water surface.

 

Experience the magic of autumn in Aomori Prefecture at this year’s festival

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    Price: Course – ¥4,800 (tax and service charge separate)

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