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Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

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Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

Hi,

Due to the warm temperature, Cherry blossom forecasts to open a week earlier than normal. Is still worth the visit for an overnight stay at Aomori or should we stay in Hakodate?

The trip is primary for photography purpose, so it is slightly past peak at Hirosaki is fine. Plus night illumination is on until May 6.

We have full day April 30 and until 4pm the following date.

Would greatly appreciate for your suggestion to maximize our short time in the area.

Also, I cannot find a bus timetable information in English for the route from/to Kikonai station - Matsumae station. Where to buy the ticket?

Thanks

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1. Re: Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

Re the recent local forecast on 4th April, Hirosaki is expected to reach full bloom on 22nd April. It would last for 5 to 7 days, barring adverse weather conditions such as heavy rain, strong wind.

https://tenki.jp/sakura/expectation/

青森県 弘前市(弘前公園) 4月17日 -6 -1 4月22日 -6 -3

Sakura blooming in Matsumae castle is expected to commence from 24th April.

北海道 松前町(松前公園) 4月24日 -4 +1 --- --- ---

With only 1 day, better focus on Hirosaki and visit Hakodate if time allows. One-way bus to Matsumae castle might take 2 hours from Hakodate.

ps. will visit Hirosaki on 27th April and Matsumae on 1st May, the latter by car though.

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2. Re: Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

Here you go (Google mis-translates Kikonai and Matsumae [just who is Mr. Masaki?] but you'd understand): https://translate.google.co.jp/translate…

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3. Re: Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

The best viewing days today (April 6) are expected to be from April 19 to 27 in Hirosaki and from April 26 to May 3 in Hakodate, as follows.

https://www.japan-guide.com/sakura/

Therefore, it seems better to go to Hakodate, instead of Hirosaki, on April 30.

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4. Re: Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

Thank you for your replies!

Do reservation need to made for the bus or it is first come first serve basic?

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5. Re: Cherry Blossom 4/30 Hirosaki or Matsumae/Goryokaku?

Reservation shouldn't be needed. It's a very outlandish area with depopulation.

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