Thursday, December 1, 2016

Flying Witch - Hirosaki Castle

In a few episodes of Flying Witch one of Hirosaki's biggest tourist attractions, Hirosaki Castle, is shown.

Image from Episode 2 - 00m29s

The castle walls are under renovation so the castle keep has been moved away from the foundation, but this is the correct location.

Image from Episode 2 - 00m32s

The castle is located inside Hirosaki Park where there's also a botanical garden where this pond is.

Image from Episode 2 - 00m38s

Lots of koi fish in the pond.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m06s

This is outside the park near one of the entrances.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m07s

In the building to the left in the back there's a tourist information office where you can rent bicycles.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m11s

No sakura trees blooming since I visited in the fall.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m23s

Park entrance. I've marked a path from the tourist information office to this entrance in the map below.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m24s

Just inside the park from the entrance.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m31s

The bamboo fence in the background is the same as in the anime.

Image from Episode 4 - 00m48s

Chinatsu behaving energetic.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m00s

The picture I took is on the wrong side of this bridge, so I had to flip it. I checked out the other side too, but I couldn't get a good picture from there since there were some renovation work going on there as well.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m03s

A picture of the castle keep itself at the location where it's been moved to. I also saw a model of the keep at Hirosaki Station.

You can see the work they're doing on the foundation as well.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m06s

Everybody checks out Hirosaki Castle from the bridge.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m17s

Makoto tells Kei that they should get somebody else to take a picture so everybody can be in it.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m24s

An old woman walks by.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m32s

And Kei asks her to take the picture.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m35s

Chinatsu waves at the old woman's dog.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m40s

The old woman takes the picture.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m51s

And then she walks away.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m57s

Kei is supposed to have a Sony Xperia phone, so since I had one as well, I tried to match this shot.

Image from Episode 4 - 01m14s

You can see an Wperia logo on the phone in the anime shot. I also took a picture of me displaying the anime shot on my phone. Witchception ^_^

Image from Episode 4 - 21m05s

Later in the same episode Inukai flies over the castle.

Image from Episode 12 - 06m38s

Castle detail.

Image from Episode 12 - 06m33s

This is a shot from the stairs leading up to the building where the tourist information office is.

When I took a bus from Hirosaki Station to a bus stop near the park I also saw this Flying Witch decoration at the bus stop.

Location map:

This location was visited on 2016/10/02 and 2016/10/03.

Park official website

Special thanks to the ones who went here before:

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