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"Kojō ezu(picture in Edo Period)" from 国立国会図書館

Collected by the Inagaki family, the Toba Daimyō from the mid-Edo period to the Meiji Restoration, as materials for military studies. There are about 350 illustrations, but there is no uniformity because only illustrations of castles, illustrations including castle towns, and old battlefield illustrations are mixed.

Another typical example of a castle picture in the Edo period is "The Shōhō Shiroezu", picture of the castle and castle town that the Edo Shogunate ordered the daimyō to create and submit,aggregating military information such as the buildings inside the castle, the height of the stone wall, the width of the moat and the water depth, etc., it also details the location and shape of the castle town and the mountain river.

Profile : Hirosaki Castle

LocationHirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture
Also known asTakaoka Castle (高岡城,鷹岡城)
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's nameTsugaru Plain
DesignationNational Important Cultural Properties
National Historic Sites
Year built1611
Castle lordTsugaru Tamenobu
Refurbishment lordTsugaru Yasuchika
Portrait of Tsugaru Tamenobu from Wikipedia
Family Crest of Tsugaru Clan from Wikipedia

The family crest was originally created from the pattern that the emperor and the royal family put on the kimono, and the pattern was made into a fixed pattern, and the one attached to his own oxcart is said to be the beginning of the family crest. The warlords drew large crests on the flag-fingers, used to distinguish enemy views on the battlefield, and used by the generals to determine which warlords were active and how much.

Hirosaki Castle admission

admission fee : 320yen (Above high school students) 100yen (Above Elementary school)
admission time :
spring (April 1-November 23) : am9-pm5
Sakura Festival : am7-pm9
closing period : during winter (November 24 - March31)
reference official site (japanese)

Hirosaki Castle Google Map

Hirosaki Castle Images 

One of the existing 12 main keeps in Japan. only in the Tohoku region. Three-tiered tower type, using hard-to-break copper tile for roofs even in snowy countries. The tower was not made by dropping stones because it serves as a lookout for watching the enemy rather than preventing the invasion of the enemy. During the Meiji Restoration,many clan in the Tōhoku region participated in the war as the former Shogunate army, and the castle was torn down with a punitive meaning after the inauguration of the new government. However, the Hirosaki clan cooperated with the new government army to escape disaster and to preserve many times.
The main entrance of the castle "Outemon" (追手門)In consideration of snowfall, the bottom layer is higher than that of a general castle gate. It is usually called "Ōte-mon", while Hirosaki Castle is called "Oute-mon" .
Hirosaki Castle is beautiful in the four seasons, but it is particularly famous as a cherry blossom spot in spring. The surroundings one of the most famous cherry blossoms spot.

A huge natural stone that is about the size of a person's height. "Gyokkaseki" is a type of so-called "nishiki stone", a special product of Aomori Prefecture. It has a history that has been popular with many people since the feudal era, and is one of the most famous stone stones ,designated as Aomori Prefecture Natural Monument.
Scenery of the early Meiji era

Mt.Iwaki (1625m high) can be seen behind the castle. Because the shape of the mountain resembles a magnificent and beautiful Mt. Fuji, it is also called "Tsugaru Fuji".

Hirosaki City is famous for cherry blossoms in spring. In addition, there are events "Nebuta Festival" in the summer, autumn leaves in the fall, and " Snow lantern festival" in the winter. There are many tourist spots around Hirosaki Castle, It is also the apple-producing area, said to be the best in Japan, a city where you can enjoy eating and walking.

Link-1 : Original Main Keep

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Link-2 : Japanese three most famous place for cherry blossoms

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