Hirosaki Park Cherry Blossoms 弘前公園
View the oldest Somei-Yoshino of Hirosaki Park
The sakura viewing in Hirosaki Park is famous, not only because of the spectacular light-pink blanket of blossoms that arrive every spring, but for its old Somei-Yoshino cherry tree, planted in 1882.
Hirosaki Park is part of the Hirosaki Castle grounds
Nighttime illuminations during the Hirosaki Park Cherry Blossom Festival are a major highlight
How to Get There
From Hirosaki Station, Hirosaki Park is a 15-minute bus ride. Get off at the Shiyakusho Mae bus stop.
The famous Somei-Yoshino cherry tree inside Hirosaki Park is roughly a 10-minute walk from the Shiyakusho Mae bus stop, located inside the inner moat area, where the castle is located. The closest structure is the Higashi Uchimon Gate.
The most beautiful sakura
All Somei-Yoshino trees in Japan are cloned from a single hybrid and generally considered to be the most popular flowering cherry tree. The original trees are said to come from Somei Village in Edo (present-day Toshima City in Tokyo), but the Somei-Yoshino in Hirosaki Park come from Kyoto.
Enjoy the festival
The oldest Somei-Yoshino tree, of course, blossoms during the Hirosaki Park Cherry Blossom Festival. There is much more to see at the festival—don't miss the Sakura Tunnel, performances, music, and the illumination at night.