Enjoying the Cherry Blossoms at Hirosaki Park, a Famous Sakura Sight
Tebura de Kanokai – Cherry Blossom Viewing Picnic without Hassle
If you want to plan a cherry blossom viewing picnic but are concerned with troublesome set up, carrying heavy things, or cleaning up, we have some good news for you. We have prepared the perfect picnic plan for foreign visitors in Hirosaki Park. It is a limited special plan for only 20 customers a day!
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Sakura (cherry blossom) has a special place in all Japanese people’s hearts, and is the nation’s beloved national flower. Because of its beauty, it has long been thought that god resides in the trees. Some say that the custom to enjoy a feast under the cherry trees began originally to worship god.
During the Heian era, cherry blossoms began to gain revere. There are many spring poems written describing the glorious festivities of the nobility concerning cherry blossoms.
The custom to enjoy cherry blossom viewing spread across all social classes around the Kamakura era, when it is said that samurai and townspeople enjoyed a feast under the beautiful trees.
Over the years, cherry blossoms have remained popular and have been planted in all sort of places. It is no exaggeration to say that cherry blossom is part of Japanese people’s identity. Like all of the past years, people in Japan get ready to feast under the trees again for this year’s cherry blossoms.
The well-known Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival is held at Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park) annually between April 23rd and May 3rd. The park fills with locals as well as visitors from other prefectures and countries.
Presently, Hirosaki Park is a home to 2600 trees including over 50 different types of cherry trees. First to bloom are the Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms, followed by the Shidarezakura (Weeping Cherry), then finally the Yaezakura (Double Layer cherry) will bloom. The cherry blossoms at Hirosaki Castle (Hirosaki Park) are unique as each branch produces more flowering buds than normal cherry blossoms due to a special pruning technique adopted from apple tree pruning. Beautiful Blossoms will fill the cherry blossom trees.
Night illumination gives the blossoms a different beauty along with the Hirosaki Castle. Hirosakis cherry blossoms at night have been chosen as one of the best three in Japan.
If you want to plan a cherry blossom viewing picnic but are concerned with troublesome set up, we have good news.
We have prepared the perfect picnic plan for foreign visitors who wish to fully immerse themselves in Japanese culture and enjoy good food while viewing beautiful cherry blossoms. The “Kiwami” cherry blossom viewing picnic is a limited plan only for foreign visitors.
Everything is done for you – from arranging food and drinks to the site, to set up and clean up. Visitors can enjoy an ultimate cherry viewing experience without any hassle. Additionally, a musical performance by Hayashi musicians from Hirosaki Neputa festival is included.
The obento (boxed lunch) exclusively served at the picnic uses local ingredients and is presented in a Tsugaru lacquer lunch box.
The featured drink at the cherry blossom viewing picnic is local sake selected by a specialist, and served in a Tsugaru vidro sake glass. Aomori apple cidre (sparkling alcoholic cider) is also available.
A special musical performance by Hayashi musicians from Hirosaki Neputa festival is included in the picnic plan.
Haneda Airport plane (approx. 75min) Aomori Airport Shuttle bus (approx. 60min) JR Hirosaki Station
Tokyo Station Shinkansen (approx. 3h 10min) Shin-Aomori Station JR Ou Main Line (approx. 40min) Hirosaki Station
JR Sendai Station Shinkansen (approx. 1h 40min) JR Shin-Aomori Station JR Ou Main Line (approx. 40min) JR Hirosaki Station
Shin-Chitose Airport plane (approx. 45min) Aomori Airport Shuttle bus (approx. 60min) JR Hirosaki Station
By bus (approx. 10-20 min)
There are two buses going from JR Hirosaki Station to bus stop "Bunka Center Mae", a stop in front of Hirosaki's Culture Center, which is near Hirosaki Park.
Konan Bus Hirosaki - Ajigasawa Line (Over Tenchoen, toward Ajigawasa), approx. 10 min, ￥170
Konan Bus Hirosaki 100 Yen Loop Line (in Shiyakusho-mae direction), approx. 20 min, ￥100
On foot (approx. 30 min)
Click here for detailed directions (Google maps)
|Reservations||Until 04/05/2019 (Friday)|
|Payment||Must be completed by 04/12/2019 (Friday)|
|Five days in advance||Cancellation charge is not applicable|
|Less than four days in advance||No refund can be made|
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Best time to view cherry blossoms
The cherry blossoms in and around the park are in full bloom, making it the best time to view cherry blossoms, but since yesterday, the strong wind is causing many petals to fall.
Fortunately, those showers of petals and the carpet of cherry blossoms on the outer moat are great to enjoy!
Please note that depending on the weather any forecast might change.
|Inside Park||Full bloom|
|Outer Moat||Started falling|
|Western Moat||Started falling|
|Sakura Tunnel||Full bloom|
The cherry blossom carpet on the outer moat and cherry blossom petal showes are expected from April 26th on.