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Illuminated Winter “Cherry Blossoms”

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A spectacular night scene of snow-covered cherry trees glowing pink

Hirosaki City Hall



With a backdrop of Hirosaki Castle, Hirosaki Park in Aomori is considered one of the best cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. The park is home to over 2,600 cherry trees, featuring over 50 different types, including Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms, Shidarezakura (weeping cherry), and Yaezakura (double layer cherry). The flowers typically bloom in late April into early May each year. However, did you know that the cherry blossom here can be seen in “full bloom” even in winter?


The Winter "Cherry Blossoms" Light Up event is held every year from December to February of the following year. During the event, snow on the branches of the cherry trees around Hirosaki Park are illuminated by pink lights, creating a beautiful and moving scene as if the cherry trees were in full bloom in winter. Many people, both local residents and visitors, come to enjoy these gleaming pink cherry trees while walking along the edge of the frozen castle moat.


This special event provides a way to experience Japan’s tradition of hanami flower viewing even in the coldest months of winter. The illuminations can be seen from sunset until 22:00. Brighten up your snowy, winter holiday in Japan with a visit to Hirosaki!


How to get there


15 minutes by bus from JR Hirosaki Station.



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