Begin at Hirosaki Castle Park. Constructed in 1611, the original structure was struck by lightning in 1627 and burned to the ground. Although rebuilt in 1810, the castle still retains an aura of its ancient past. This historical treasure sits tucked away in the lush 121-acre Castle Park, home to one of Japan’s most popular cherry blossom festivals. Next, you’ll learn about Hirosaki’s famous annual festival at the Nebuta Festival Exhibition Hall. Here, you’ll experience a true taste of the fine details that make this annual tradition so historic. The fantastical floats that parade through the city are a sight to behold. These large, fan-shaped floats feature mythological warriors on one side and elegant women on the other. A knowledgeable guide will provide commentary, and you will hear local music during the celebration. Returning home with a camera filled with memories after this fascinating day.