Hirosaki, city (1990 pop. 174,704), Aomori prefecture, N Honshu, Japan. A commercial center, it has industries that produce silk and lacquer ware. It is a former castle town and has 17th-century ruins.

Hirosaki (弘前市; Hirosaki-shi) is a city located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan.

Hirosaki Castle, a famous landmark, is located in the city. It is famous for the Cherry Blossom Festival held in the park surrounding the castle. About 2,600 Sakura (Japanese cherry) blossom during Golden Week, the longest vacation period of the year for most Japanese.

Due to the fact that Hirosaki is the number one producer of apples in Japan, the city aims for a layout which is appropriate to the apple, and uses the catchphrase "Apple Colored Town Hirosaki". It has also been called "Castle and Cherry Blossom and Apple Town" for a long time.


Before Meiji Era

  • 1603 - Tsugaru Tamenobu drafts a plan to construct a castle in Takaoka (present day Hirosaki).
  • 1609 - Nobuhira continues planning the castle after Tamenobu's death.
  • 1610 - Construction of Takaoka Castle begins.
  • 1611 - Construction of Takaoka Castle ends.
  • 1627 - Five-story castle lost due to lightning.
  • 1808 - Takaoka is renamed Hirosaki.
  • 1628 - Hirosaki domain's kokudaka reaches 100,000 koku.
  • 1809 - Founding of Kuroishi Clan.
  • 1811 - Construction of the three-story castle completed.

From Meiji Era to the Second World War

  • 1871 August 29 - Establishment of Hirosaki Prefecture after the abolishment of the feudal domains
  • 1871 October - Hirosaki Prefecture becomes Aomori Prefecture and acquires its present form
  • 1873 October 1 - Chōyō Elementary School established
  • 1889 April 1 - Incorporation of Hirosaki into the new shisei system.
  • 1894 December 1 - Ouu main line connection between Hirosaki and Aomori completed.
  • 1895 - Hirosaki Park opened to the public.
  • 1900 - adopted as city symbol.
  • 1901 - Establishment of Hirosaki City Hospital.
  • 1906 - Hirosaki City Library completed.
  • 1909 - Telephone service begins within the city.
  • 1918 - First Cherry Blossom Festival held.
  • 1927 - Kōnan Railway connects Hirosaki and Onoe.
  • 1938 - NHK Hirosaki Branch established.

After the Second World War


  • Hirosaki is the largest producer of apples in Japan.


Hirosaki is well known for its tradition of Tsugaru-jamisen, a virtuosic style of shamisen playing.

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Notable people

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