See 2,600 Cherry Blossom Trees at the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival

02.April.2019 | SPOT

Taking place in the city of Hirosaki in western Aomori Prefecture, this year’s Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival will run from April 20 to  May 6.

 

This annual festival is the biggest in Hirosaki bringing in over 2 million people every year. Visitors will once again to be treated to a visual spectacle of 2,600 cherry blossom trees of 52 different species blooming their beautiful pink flowers in Hirosaki Park.

Various events and activities will take place throughout the festival such as boat rides, a tour carried out by the one of the gardeners, and more.

 

Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Celebratory Lantern Parade

The festival will hold a parade on May 3―the date on which the first flower-viewing party event in Hirosaki was first carried out. It will ring in the start of Japan’s new era following Emperor Akihito’s abdication with a lantern parade

Running: May 3 from 10:00am

Where: From Hirosaki Park Otemon Gate to Inner East Gate

 

Flower-Viewing Party in Traditional Japanese Dress

This flower-viewing party was so popular last year that it is making a return in 2019. Dress up in traditional Japanese clothing and receive a special ticket to enter the Hirosaki Castle botanical gardens for free.

Running: April 20, 2019 – May 6, 2019

Ticket Location: Ninomaru / Shinomaru Information Centre

Hirosaki Park Boat Ride

Enjoy the cherry blossoms from a different angle with a boat ride along the moat.

Running: April 20, 2019 – May 6, 2019

Time: 9:00-17:00 (Last rides at 16:30) *Subject to change depending on weather and number of boarders

 

Special Cherry Blossom Tour

The park’s gardeners will carry out a tour of the cherry blossoms and provide interesting explanations.

Running: April 30, 2019 & May 2, 2019

Time: From 13:30 (90 minute tour)

No. of People: 40 people per tour (first-come, first-served)

Price: Free

Flower Carpet

During the cherry blossom’s full bloom season thousands of petals will fall into the moat, creating a gorgeous pink carpet on the water surface. This will make for some great photographs.

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    ■Information

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    Gate projection mapping

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