Hirosaki Castle is located in northern Japan by the Tsugaru Clan. Also built during the Edo Period, Hirosaki Castle featured a number of different fortifications including moats, turrets and gates. In 1627, only about a decade and a half after its construction was finished, a lightning bolt struck the five-story keep, causing it to burn down. The structure was rebuilt nearly two hundred years later into what we see today.
The castle ranks among only a handful of others like it. The castle complex is also known for its flourishing 2,600 cherry blossom trees, which bring visitors here each spring.
Hirosaki Castle, 1 Shimoshiroganecho, Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture 036-8356, Japan +81 172-33-8739
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Bojnice Castle, SlovakiaWhat started as a simple wooden stronghold has become one of the most exquisite castles in Slovakia. Initially built in the 12th century, Bojnice Castle was updated and adapted to fit the tastes of its many successive inhabitants, most notably Count János Ferenc Pálffy.
The Count largely drew inspiration from the French castles in the Loire Valley. He filled the interior with vast collections of art, antiques, and tapestries. Now, the castle has both Gothic and Renaissance features that give it a fairytale appearance. Today, Bojnice is a museum and the sight of many different cultural festivals.
Bojnice Castle, Zámok a okolie 1, 972 01 Bojnice, Slovakia +421 46/543 06 24
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