Introducing Tsuruga Castle Park
This video, titled "Tsuruga Castle in Spring" (鶴ヶ城の春), was released by "Aizuwakamatsu city official website" (公式WEBサイト会津若松市), and features footage of the cherry blossoms at Tsuruga Castle Park.
There are magnificent castles and castle remains to be found all over Japan.
Among these, Tsuruga Castle Park, located in Aizuwakamatsu City is attracting tourists from both inside and outside the country.
From 0:31 in the video, you can see some highlights of the area, such as the characteristic red tiles of the castle tower and Rinkaku, the Japanese Tea Room.
Aizuwakamatsu city's Tsuruga Castle Park has also been designated a historic landmark in Japan.
More About Tsuruga Castle Park in Aizuwakamatsu City
Photo：Fukushima prefecture, Tsuruga Castle
Tsuruga Castle in Aizuwakamatsu city, Fukushima prefecture is also known as Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Kurokawa Castle, and Aizu Castle.
The castle was named "Tsuruga Castle" by Gamo Ujisato (蒲生氏郷) around 400 years ago.
The area is famous as the site where the Byakkotai (白虎隊) committed ritual suicide during the Bakumatsu period.
Throughout the video, you can see the beautiful cherry trees in full bloom, as if to comfort the spirits of the Byakkotai.
The striking contrast between the majestic castle and beautiful cherry blossoms creates a spectacular sight.
The Cherry Blossom Festival at Tsuruga Castle Park - The Best Time to See the Cherry Blossoms and the Different Varieties
Every year in the spring, a cherry blossom festival is held in Tsuruga Castle Park which was voted as one of the top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan. Around 1,000 cherry trees grow within the park's grounds, including the Yoshino Cherry (ソメイヨシノ), Yaezakura (ヤエザクラ), Weeping Cherries (シダレザクラ), and Winter Flowering Cherries (コヒガンザクラ).
From 0:15 in the video, you can see the castle lit up at night using projection mapping, creating a romantic and magical atmosphere.
The festival is held between the months of April and May, depending on when the cherry blossom start to bloom that year.
There is a live camera you can check to get an idea of how the cherry blossom look at any particular time.
Tsuruga Castle Park is famous not only for its cherry blossoms in spring, but also the spectacular scenery of the red leaves in fall.
Aizuwakamatsu Cherry Blossoms Video Summary
Photo：Fukushima Prefecture, Tsuruga Castle
If you would like to see some of the beautiful scenery featured in this video, we highly recommend you take a trip to Tsuruga Castle Park!
There are volunteer guides to help you enjoy your visit to the fullest.
We highly recommend checking the weather, how congested the park is, sightseeing maps, and nearby lunch spots before setting off on your trip to Aizuwakamatsu city.
If you have time to spare, we also recommend visiting the Japanese confectionery shop Aizuaoi (上菓子司会津葵) and Aizu Aoi Silk Road Bunmeikan (会津葵シルクロード文明館) which are located near Tsuruga Castle Park.
◆Tsuruga Castle Park Facility Summary◆
【Address】1-1 Otemachi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture
【Access】10 minutes by bus from JR Aizuwakamatsu station
【Entrance fee】Adults – 410 yen
【Hours】8:30 am - 5 pm (last entry 4:30 pm)
【Parking】Available (free of charge)
【Official Website】Aizuwakamatsu Tourism Bureau｜Tsuruga Castle, Aizu-Wakamatsu Castle, Oyakuen, Matsudaira Family Mausoleum｜Beyond the reaches of time, the castle tower of the Edo Period is reborn
【Tripadvisor】Aizuwakamatsu Castle (Tsuruga Castle)