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Hirosaki Castle

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Address: 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki 036-8551, Aomori Prefecture
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Cute little castle. Unfortunately closed in winter but still worth a look. It's been moved from its original location I believe due to maintenance work.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 January 2017
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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I would imagine that it looks spectacular if you visit during the sakura blooming period in May. Anytime else, and you may find that it's not worth the traveling time.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Cute little castle. Unfortunately closed in winter but still worth a look. It's been moved from its original location I believe due to maintenance work.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Located inside the huge Hirosaki Park complex, this tiny three storey castle was still beautiful to see despite the ongoing renovation which required the keep to be moved 70 meters from its original site. The winter frost created a different look and feel to this famous Edo period icon of Hirosaki (built in 1611 by the Tsugaru Clan). We stayed... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

First things first - be aware that they have moved the castle! All the photos you're seeing? The castle isn't in that position any more. While I am sure they had excellent reasons for moving it, it has most certainly affected the photo taking opportunities around the castle. You cannot get the view with the red bridge any longer. Instead,... More 

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Tartu, Tartumaa, Estonia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

The castle remains (one turret) is currently under renovations. You can see a documentary about the renovation process. The park and other attractions in the area are more worth your time, though you can get some nice views from the upper levels of the castle tower.

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Plantation, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

When I visited at the beginning of December they are doing renovations. They have relocated the castle so they can remove all the rocks one by one and put them back making sure that the hill will hold the castle.

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Parksville, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This old castle ground is quite large and is a pleasant walk around the grounds. However, there is only a small portion (a corner tower) remaining so there is nothing much to see except park like settings. Relative to other historical sites in Japan it is not worth the trip to Hirosaki

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

The castle is smaller than most regular ones we've seen in other cities/towns and it was interesting to note that this was due to limited finances during that time (end of the Edo period).

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Keene, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This castle had to be relocated due to its foundation being destabilized by an earthquake (1983?), so they moved it about 100' and are in the midst of reconstructing the foundation, and it seems that it will be moved back in a couple of years. Not really much of a castle, more like a small tower fort.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

The fact that the castle is quite tiny it seems perfectly formed. It is certainly not in the same league as European castles as far as size is concerned (in fact it is quite tiny) but it sits very well in the surrounding park and moats.

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