We made the drive to visit Hirosaki Castle, it’s supposed to be very pretty when the cherry blossoms are out, but not being fans of massive crowds we picked a less ‘touristy’ time to visit. We were happily surprised to find there is free admittance to the castle on Sundays. I’m not sure it would be worth it to pay, so it was great we went on a day it was free. Plus it was great because our families were almost the only ones in the park. The stairs are amazingly steep and the kids were a bit scared to walk back down them. It’s located in the Aomori prefecture and was built in 1611 by the Tsugaru clan. Truthfully it doesn’t look like much of a castle, or I guess what Americans would picture as a castle. It’s a nice park to spend the day in as well. We also bought ice cream at a local shop near our parked cars.